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cacklercrazy
03-06-2012, 03:12 PM
I want to get a bivy sack for hunt. I hunt mostly here in calif. looking for something that light weight some head room and not very expensive. any info would be great thanks cackler.

elk*hunter
03-06-2012, 04:12 PM
I have a minimalist bivy from REI. Super light and works for pretty cheap too. Only negatives are there is no hoop at the head which took getting used to and it gets some condensation in moist weather but overall it is decent for the price. Had mine now for six years and leaked only once when I slept in a low spot that collected rain water, that sucked, but other than that been bomb proof. The OR bivys are sweet but pricey.

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BigSurArcher
03-06-2012, 04:50 PM
I've got an OR Micronight bivy that I like a lot. I think you can find them for around $120 if you shop hard. Never gotten wet in it. Has a mesh bug screen you can use if mosquitoes are a problem, and has a few well-placed loops for lashing down if need be.

Elkhunter, my bivy doesn't have a head hoop either, but if you sleep under a limb you can tie a piece of parachute cord to your bivy and to the limb to create some air space in there. Works well enough for me.

You can sorta see what I mean here:

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb207/tharney/Nevada2011038.jpg

Kevin Root
03-06-2012, 05:52 PM
Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy. 4-Season, 2 pounds. Not much in the way headroom but it does stay off your face. You will not want to be claustrophobic in a bivy. There is not much in the way of room for any extra gear as well as a downside but it will keep you dry.

http://i1057.photobucket.com/albums/t387/Kevin_Root/Posting%20Pictures/ORAlpineBivy.jpg

tommyp
03-06-2012, 09:20 PM
2888

sierra design works great

Bitterroot Bulls
03-07-2012, 08:13 AM
Those are some pretty heavy bivy sacks. The rough-and-tough Goretex USMC bivy comes in at 2 pounds.

You can go much lighter, if you want. Check out tigoat bivy sacks.

chuffness
03-07-2012, 11:36 AM
Those are some pretty heavy bivy sacks. The rough-and-tough Goretex USMC bivy comes in at 2 pounds.

You can go much lighter, if you want. Check out tigoat bivy sacks.

The Tigoat looks like a real nice setup. Especially for the price. I was originally considering REI Minimalist for the price and return policy. But I may have to look into the Tigoat. Id like to see some reviews on how well it works. Time to do some research.

tommyp
03-07-2012, 11:54 AM
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sierra design works great

this one is 17 oz.

Bitterroot Bulls
03-07-2012, 02:00 PM
this one is 17 oz.

The Tigoat Ptarmigan is 5.8 ounces. The Tigoat Omni Raven is 7.2 ounces.

The disadvantages are they have silnylon floors, so you have to be careful not to tear them. they also don't add as much warmth as the heavier bivies.

The REI minimalist is a good relatively light bivy as well, similar to the Sierra Designs you have TommyP.

I am currently debating which of these to go with, myself. It will compliment a GoLite Shangri La 5 I will be using floorless.

MOHunter
03-07-2012, 02:52 PM
I hope this question isn't hijacking the thread, but I think it is pertinent to the conversation. How do you decide between a bivy sack and an ultralight tent? I know BB uses a tarprent and seems pleased. I guess I thought I would get something like a tarp or light tent in place of a bivy. Why both?

Bitterroot Bulls
03-07-2012, 03:34 PM
I hope this question isn't hijacking the thread, but I think it is pertinent to the conversation. How do you decide between a bivy sack and an ultralight tent? I know BB uses a tarprent and seems pleased. I guess I thought I would get something like a tarp or light tent in place of a bivy. Why both?

New thread started. :)

tommyp
03-07-2012, 08:47 PM
The Tigoat Ptarmigan is 5.8 ounces. The Tigoat Omni Raven is 7.2 ounces.

The disadvantages are they have silnylon floors, so you have to be careful not to tear them. they also don't add as much warmth as the heavier bivies.

The REI minimalist is a good relatively light bivy as well, similar to the Sierra Designs you have TommyP.



I am currently debating which of these to go with, myself. It will compliment a GoLite Shangri La 5 I will be using floorless.


keep me posted if you get one and how it works out.....

Bitterroot Bulls
03-07-2012, 08:49 PM
keep me posted if you get one and how it works out.....

Will do.

I actually have an REI giftcard sitting around, and may just do the Minimalist. I know it is durable, but man those Tigoats are light ... and hard to find anybody say anything bad about them.

Decisions...

Drhorsepower
03-07-2012, 09:01 PM
I'm going with a minimalist with my dividend check. I have heard good things about ten and they seem durable. I also was at sierra trading post the other day and saw an outdoor research one, I can't remember the name. It was very similar to the minimalist and I think they wanted 90$