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    bivy sacks

    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.

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    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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    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:


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    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.


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    sierra design works great

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    sierra design works great

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyp View Post
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    sierra design works great
    this one is 17 oz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyp View Post
    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.

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    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?

 

 

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