Posted by: litehiker | February 14, 2008

Bivy bag – a success!

Well, last weekend was the first outing for the bivy bag from Alpkit , the Hunka, a cheerful red colour which they call Chilli – it largely matches the colour of my sleeping bag; the alternative was black. The location was the Bedfordshire/Northamptonshire border. The weather was still, dry and, at night, cold, both nights dropped to -3C. I was under a tarp. I slept pretty well both nights. In the morning, there was not a hint of damp between the (down) sleeping bag and the bivy. Basically, it was doing the job it was intended for and seems to be a brilliant piece of kit. No-one else on site was using a tarp. There were five Aktos and, without exception, they had all suffered badly from overnight condensation. There was none under the tarp, which was frozen both inside and out. The photo here doesn’t really show this.


Generally, I become more impressed with the tarp with each outing. I know I had problems back in December – see but there are so many advantages with a tarp. I really must do an in-depth posting about this when time permits. I’ve researched various tents (the front runner so far is the MSR Hubba HP  good price, good weight, but I’m in no hurry, particular with spring coming on. At the moment, the tarp is the favourite for LEJOG next year.

A plan for the spring is using the bivy bag without the tarp.



  1. I’ve only just spotted the MSR Hubba HP. It looks like an interesting design echoing the late lamented Phoenix Phreeranger. If you get one, a review would be in order as I can’t find one on the web.

  2. factory direct low dicount prices all sizes all colors same day shiping quaranteed quality

  3. Well, since you wouldn’t ‘pull the pin,’ I decided to. The Hubba HP should arrive either today or tomorrow. I will send you some first impressions.

    My initial concern was the width, but the weight is hard to ignore and as an alternative to a bivy shelter, it might just be ideal.

  4. Well, as you may have seen from a later posting, I went for the Wild Country Sololite. Apart from one night in the back garden, I haven’t used it although I am planning to take it to Dartmoor the weekend after next. Thanks for dropping by.

  5. This is great stuff. Can’t wait to read some more from you.

  6. […] plecaka umieszczamy przedmioty relatywnie lżejsze, takie jak: zapasowa bielizna, śpiwór, bivy bag, kurtka czy dodatkowy polar. Na samej górze, pod klapą, umieszczamy odpowiednio spakowany plecak […]

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