Bivy vs tent help

Aug 21, 2012
I'm a noob to this concept of bivys. What is the reason I should look at a bivy instead of packing a tent? What am I giving up?


Mar 12, 2012
mtnkid pretty well summed it up.
With that said I have several shelters for different kinds of trips. This weekend the TI Goat Bivy and tarp are getting the nod, last weekend it was the SL-3, the weekend before that was the BA Copper Spur 1. Scouting trips i used Gossamer Gears "The One" shelter or the Rainbow from Tarptent. To show you how close in weight they can be, The One shelter weighs 23 3/8 ounces with ground cloth and stakes, my Bivy and 5x8 tarp weigh 20 1/8 oz. with 12 stakes and necessary 2mm cordage. The bivy setup is going this weekend as I plan to be on the move a bit more and finding a place to pitch a tent is a bit more difficult in this area and I expect no mosquitoes and if there are, the bivy has a net. The One shelter is also very noisy to set up and take down due to the Spinnaker fabric. I will say this, Bivy's suck without a tarp in a downpour, been there done that! The best bivy I ever owned was an ID Unishelter, all eVent fabric and would breathe very well and was bombproof. The OR Goretex bivy I had seemed to have alot of condensation issues in certain conditions and was a pain. Good luck with your decision, there is something about a bivy that to me is just fun and I am pushing 50 yrs. old!


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Feb 27, 2012
Roseville, CA.
Big hunter, I would also use search function on the site. This same topic has numerous threads on topic.