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Ward87

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Bivvy bag recommendations
« on: 14:49:40, 07/03/20 »
Looking at a light weight camping set up for a night or two in the hills.
I have my eye on a few  options and I'm interested in hearing if anyone has any experience of using them?
-Alpkits Hunka and Hunka xl
-Snugpak Bivvy and SF bivvy
These options are within my price range of about 40 to 80 and are reflectively lightweight.


Any reviews people have or alternatives they can also recommend would be very much appreciated 😊

richardh1905

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Re: Bivvy bag recommendations
« Reply #1 on: 17:00:06, 07/03/20 »
I've heard good things said about the Hunka, but have no experience of them myself. I'm sure others will be along who have.


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forgotmyoldpassword

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Re: Bivvy bag recommendations
« Reply #2 on: 18:25:09, 07/03/20 »
Have a Hunka XL. Wanted something cheap and cheerful for rain protection when tarp camping as well as snow hole use and alpine bivvying. To be fair it's been good at that and I won't mind when I break it as it isn't that spendy.


It's quite grim when used by itself in UK conditions though.  The head does cinch to reduce the space open to the air but you'll need to lean on one side to avoid getting damp. For UK conditions I'd always bring a tarp unless I really want to lay and watch the stars on a clear night. 


Would suggest DD Tarps.

RMR

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Re: Bivvy bag recommendations
« Reply #3 on: 06:43:04, 09/03/20 »
I also use the Hunka XL Bivi with a DD Hammocks Tarp 3x3. The tarp provides lots of room for one person and comes with a video showing configurations. I set mine so that I can use a fold up stool inside when cooking in the entrance. Now too old to be crawling in & out of a one person tent.

richardh1905

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Re: Bivvy bag recommendations
« Reply #4 on: 08:00:34, 09/03/20 »
I also use the Hunka XL Bivi with a DD Hammocks Tarp 3x3. The tarp provides lots of room for one person and comes with a video showing configurations. I set mine so that I can use a fold up stool inside when cooking in the entrance. Now too old to be crawling in & out of a one person tent.


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Patrick1

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Re: Bivvy bag recommendations
« Reply #5 on: 11:37:29, 09/03/20 »

It's quite grim when used by itself in UK conditions though.  The head does cinch to reduce the space open to the air but you'll need to lean on one side to avoid getting damp. For UK conditions I'd always bring a tarp unless I really want to lay and watch the stars on a clear night. 

I've a bivvy bag bought about 20 years ago that is side entry, with the upper fabric extending over the entrance, effectively like a very small tarp. The entrance itself has a mesh screen, so you're protected both from rain and midges. See the picture below.


Its served me well on a number of occasions. The only downside is it weighs about a kilo, and these days I can sleep in a fullsize tent for that weight, so it gets little use. I don't know if any modern manufacturer makes something similar with lighter fabric? I think its a good design, and avoids the need for a supplementary tarp, which I'd have thought was more or less essential with the "sleeping-bag cover" designs unless there's no chance of rain at all - in which case you didn't really need the bivvy bag in the first place!


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lightweightmick

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Re: Bivvy bag recommendations
« Reply #6 on: 00:00:02, 10/03/20 »

Any reviews people have or alternatives they can also recommend would be very much appreciated 😊
I've used the Hunka - good 'entry level' bag - it'll do the job.

I started with just a RAB sleeping bag cover and got a Hunka as replacement when I realised the sealing tape on the RAB had come away and I got wet feet with a down bag - not best combination...

If you're not used to bivvying you might want to read Ronald Turnbull's 'Book of the Bivvy' before venturing out...

richardh1905

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Re: Bivvy bag recommendations
« Reply #7 on: 07:34:25, 10/03/20 »
Hmm - down and water not a good combination, as I found out to my cost on my first ever camping trip.

SteamyTea

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Re: Bivvy bag recommendations
« Reply #8 on: 09:08:42, 10/03/20 »
Hmm - down and water not a good combination, as I found out to my cost on my first ever camping trip.
Down makes me wheeze.  Best avoided at all costs.

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