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Re: Bivy?
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2018, 01:15:46 PM »
If you're running a tarp, a bivy is redundant.

There are no bugs up high in September and certainly not October.

Why pack the extra weight?

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Re: Bivy?
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2018, 08:13:03 PM »
I used the bivy approach for years, I guess I must be getting soft, I moved to an ultra light one man tent.  The Big Agnes Fly Creek has a total pack weight of only 2 lbs, the comfort is worth the couple ounces to me.

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Re: Bivy?
« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2018, 08:37:20 AM »
If you're running a tarp, a bivy is redundant.

How do you figure?
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Re: Bivy?
« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2018, 06:56:14 AM »
Enlightened equipment recon is the best I've used. I use it with a tarp.

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Re: Bivy?
« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2019, 06:06:24 PM »
What's the point of a bivy if you're running a tarp already?

If ultralight is your thing, a ground sheet and tarp will do everything you need.

Pitch it tight when the weather is nasty, pitch it higher when it's nice.

I just never understand why guys switch to floorless and then try to turn their shelters back into a tent with a floor...
If you're running a tarp, a bivy is redundant.

How do you figure?

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Re: Bivy?
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2019, 06:09:27 PM »
Standard operating procedure in the WA backcountry.

No bivy, no problem.



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Re: Bivy?
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2019, 08:58:09 AM »
If you're running a tarp, a bivy is redundant.

There are no bugs up high in September and certainly not October.

Why pack the extra weight?

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"There are no bugs up high in September and certainly not October."

This is somewhat of a generalization as I have run into lots of bugs in September before (but not always). Just depends on the weather/temperature that year. I would agree with the October statement though.

A lightweight bivy could save you if you are running a tarp/floorless shelter and run into bugs. It also adds warmth to your sleep system, so it wouldn't be just "extra weight".

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Re: Bivy?
« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2019, 01:06:27 AM »
If you're running a tarp, a bivy is redundant.

There are no bugs up high in September and certainly not October.

Why pack the extra weight?

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"There are no bugs up high in September and certainly not October."

This is somewhat of a generalization as I have run into lots of bugs in September before (but not always). Just depends on the weather/temperature that year. I would agree with the October statement though.

A lightweight bivy could save you if you are running a tarp/floorless shelter and run into bugs. It also adds warmth to your sleep system, so it wouldn't be just "extra weight".
The most efficient way to add warmth to your sleep system weight-wise is to wear your clothes.

I should specify that I have not run into any bugs whatsoever (skeeters/flies) above 6k feet in September so far in my 4 years in WA.

Not sure what elevations OP will be using his set-up at.

I still think a bivy is redundant, but that's my 2 cents.

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Re: Bivy?
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2019, 06:17:48 AM »
If you're running a tarp, a bivy is redundant.

There are no bugs up high in September and certainly not October.

Why pack the extra weight?

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Far from the truth there. I've hunted many states including WA during those months when bugs, mice, and other unwanted pests were issues. Not to mention the slight added warmth and wind protection depending on bivy and or tarp set up.

Back to the OP's question. I have several bivys including the TiGoat Omni Raven, Borah bivy, and EE Recon. All great bivys and you can't go wrong with any of those 3. I find myself packing the Recon more these days when I go the bivy route pairied with a Jimmy Tarp.

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Re: Bivy?
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2019, 10:25:59 AM »
don't look past Outdoor Research   https://screenshots.firefox.com/xcgzPzuoQjBP5bsB/www.outdoorresearch.com

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They'll be releasing new models this year. Have waited out a couple rainstorms in the Alpine. Stayed dry.

Last, but not least. Don't sleep on this piece of gear: https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/en/gear-and-accessories/gear/bivy-sacks/wilderness-cover/p/2501570062222

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Re: Bivy?
« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2019, 10:27:58 AM »
Just curious to see what bivy s guys are using. Iíd like to get one but really donít know what to get. I was thinking either the or helium or the enlightened equipment one I think itís called the recon? I am planning on using it mainly for sept elk and maybe use it into oct. thinking mainly as a way to protect from bugs since Iíll be ordering a mega tarp later to use as a shelter. Does this sound like the right way to go or should I re think my set up?

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