Bibler Hooped Bivy
Bibler is no longer in business, and the Hooped Bivy has been discontinued. The Bibler Hooped Bivy was renamed and is now called the Black Diamond Hooped Bivy.
Historic Range: $111.52-$229.95
Reviewers Paid: $199.00
The Bibler is a well made, well thought-out, comfortable bivy that balances function verses weight. The hoop does a good job of keeping the mosquito mesh off of your face. I had also found by simply positioning the hoop that I am able to stay relatively dry in a downpour. The boxed design at the head of the bivey allows ample room to store items - headlamp, water bottle, eye glasses, clothes, rain jacket, etc.
In making a purchasing decision, I looked at the Bibler Bivey Sack, and OR Advanced Bivey. I climbed into both with a sleeping bag and pad and lounged around in each for fifteen minutes or so. While the OR Advanced Bivey seemed to have more space, it just didn't feel right. I suppose that this is more of a personal preference point. Another concern for me was weight. It seems to me that the primary intent of a bivey is for emergency use. If a bivy hits the 3lb range, then for the same weight cost I might as well bring a light one-man tent.
Strangely enough, I have found the Bibler bivy light enough and comfortable enough that I bring it on all of my trips.
While Bibler bivy is not roomy like a tent, I do find that I can write in my journal using my headlamp. When necessary, I can sit up immediately and get a 360 degree view - useful in times of perceived danger. If I need a bit more shelter, I can quickly rig a tarp alone, or using my walking poles.
While I cannot bring my pack into the bivy with me, I don't really see any reason why I would want to. Because of concerns about rodents, and larger animals, I simply hang the whole pack. Ditto with my boots.
Ease of Setup: Unpack from stuff sack, toss on to groundsheet.
Weight: 25 ounces
Price Paid: $199