Tarp users, what kind of bivy do you prefer and why?

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Tarp users, what kind of bivy do you prefer and why?

Postby -dz- » Sat 25 Nov, 2017 2:44 pm

Recently put in a order for a bug bivy. My main concern is crawlies and not so much rain or mozzies.

My thinking is most of my nights involve some warm weather and I like having the option of sleeping under just the net without a sleeping bag.

Does anyone here use that setup or did they opt for the solid shell with a net hood?

I thought the net shell would be more breathable but now Im thinking sleeping under the net is going to be roughly as breathable as sleeping under just a thin shell of argon or light nylon.

The solid shells have a few added benefits / more versatility like shedding water / wind better, offer a little privacy, and work like a minimal sleeping bag in hot weather and perhaps more importantly block bug bites if my skin touches the edges while stretching out.

Would I be too hot in the solid lined bivy on 20c nights?
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Re: Tarp users, what kind of bivy do you prefer and why?

Postby Moondog55 » Sat 25 Nov, 2017 2:54 pm

If I am going to be summer camping and walking I actually would prefer a proper net tent to any sort of "bug bivvy" I like to keep the bities at least an old fashioned yard away if I can so I would rather get something like the TerraRosa net tent, keeping the tarp on hand for a change in the weather if I didn't have it up in anticipation already.
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Re: Tarp users, what kind of bivy do you prefer and why?

Postby -dz- » Sat 25 Nov, 2017 3:25 pm

Yea I'm not super concerned about huge bug pressure. I'll take a tent if I expect that.

Main use case is to keep the ants, leeches, and ticks off me.
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Re: Tarp users, what kind of bivy do you prefer and why?

Postby michael_p » Sat 25 Nov, 2017 6:46 pm

Have a look at the Minimalist Net Tents from Bearpaw Wilderness designs: http://www.bearpawwd.com/net_tents/net_tents.php#min%201

Bearpaw also have some clearance items on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com.au/sch/eastie2117/m.html?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEFSXS%3AMESOI&_trksid=p2053788.m1543.l2654

I have an old version of the Minimalist One and it works well under a tarp.

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Re: Tarp users, what kind of bivy do you prefer and why?

Postby Rileyr » Sat 25 Nov, 2017 10:10 pm

IMO for warm weather nothing beats a bugnet under a tarp.

I found this on ebay today and it looks like a great cheap and light option - if you can wait a couple of weeks for postage.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 2226596244

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Re: Tarp users, what kind of bivy do you prefer and why?

Postby -dz- » Sat 25 Nov, 2017 10:28 pm

I actually have one of those. Got it off Aliexpress. At 6'1 / 95kg its way too small. Like my sleeping bag is more roomy. I can fit but it's tight and would compress anything more than a summer bag.

Quality ain't half bad though. Solid design etc. Materials are a bit heavy but it comes in at 230g due to the size.

For anyone looking at that, it'd work but prob better to grab one off borah gear for like 75us
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Re: Tarp users, what kind of bivy do you prefer and why?

Postby Rosscodj » Sun 26 Nov, 2017 9:24 pm

I've got an outdoor research bug bevy that has treated me well, but I don't really like the opening at the head end, its a bit of a shimmy action to get in. The loop over the head is nice to keep the mesh off, but I'm thinking about replacing it with an EE recon bivy, to save weight, space, and have the top zipper instead.
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Re: Tarp users, what kind of bivy do you prefer and why?

Postby PedalRoll » Mon 02 Apr, 2018 9:32 pm

I have a Terra Rosa full mesh bivy that I got from a guy on here.

Slept in it 6 nights now and love it. I've used it on a couple of nights whilst cowboying for the same reason you stated...crawlies.

I do like the look of the EE Recon and wouldn't mind picking up a Terra Rosa version with just the mesh hood for those dewy nights and to block some wind.
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Re: Tarp users, what kind of bivy do you prefer and why?

Postby drewmac » Mon 09 Apr, 2018 6:31 pm

Hi there,

Bit late to party.

My tarp / bug net thingy.

Zpack cuben tarp
Couple of hooks taped to inside roof
Sea to summit nano net thing
Tyvek groundsheet sewn to net thing with a zip entry.

Works real well.


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Tarp and net set up
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Re: Tarp users, what kind of bivy do you prefer and why?

Postby Muddy Mate » Tue 06 Nov, 2018 9:28 am

Check out go2systems velar bevy, have used mine a few times and love it.
I use the velar with Klymit pad and Massdrop pine blanket when cowboying or in my tent in sub zero temps. Love it and breaths fantastically.
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Re: Tarp users, what kind of bivy do you prefer and why?

Postby Eljimberino » Thu 03 Jan, 2019 3:47 pm

These are good, light and cheap if you want to experiment: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/230G-Ul ... c70b1becd1
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