Light-weight Bivy Tent . . .

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by Seawolf1090, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Awhile back, I ordered the 2.5lb. Bivy Tent from Sportsman's Guide, for $25. I needed a smaller and lighter tent for hiking, as my 6 pound 3-man dome tent is too large for that use.
    For the price, I didn't expect extreme quality, but it is actually pretty decent! A medium green that shows up a little too well even in the forest, it is a medium weight nylon, with large mesh windows/door. A separate clip-on rainfly is included.
    I took a ride into the woods on my KLR bike, then slipped into the bush when I reached a certain 'borrow pit'. Actually, I set up camp when I accidentally dumped the bike - it stalled and laid itself down. "Okay, beast!" says I. "We'll camp here."
    I got the bike back onto it's feet, then set up camp. The tent goes up quickly, though when setting it up for a 'yard test', I found, as expected, the original steel pin stakes were useless in the sandy Florida dirt. I had replaced them with the 'glow-in-the-dark' plastic pegs from Wally's. In the dark, they outline the tent nicely up cloes, and cannot be seen at a distance.
    Ingress/egress take a little practice, especially for us Big Guys! I found it best to go down to my knees, slip one leg through the door, thenslide in backwards. Inside is bigger than one would think. Later I managed to slip into my sweatpants when it got cool.
    The mesh was nice, and the breeze was appreciated after the day's heat.
    Turning in about tenish, I could see the stars and rising moon.
    I was awakened soon though, as the local Coyote pack tuned up for the night's chorus. Weird sound, indeed! I kept my CZ52 pistol handy . . .
    About 3:30AM, I got up to answer 'nature's call' - the sky was very overcast and muggy. Felt like rain coming. So I put the rainfly on. Turning the door flap up, I still could breath okay.
    Lots of room in this bivy tent! Low but wide enough to suit me. Used an inflatable matress (50 year old back), and a wool GI blanket. I was cozy.
    Next morning, all outside was wet with dew and condensation - inside I was dry. I broke camp and returned home. The mission accomplished, the tent passed.

  2. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That RIP 4/15/21 Moderator Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Great rewview Seawolf1090. Told us everything we needed to know. Thanks
  3. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Great review! Thanks
  4. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Excellent review. It sounds like a nice one man tent, for not a lot of $.
  5. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Nice kit love the klr! been a fan of dualsports fore a long timebeen through "several xl500's and will probabvly be back on a dualsport fairly soon.
  6. vegasrandall

    vegasrandall Monkey+++

  7. CBMS

    CBMS Looking for a safe place

    Have you guys heard of the Hennessy Hammock? Best investment I have ever made. Plus they give discounts to Boy Scouts (which I am guessing most of you were)
  8. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    I have the newer Woodland Camo Bivytent now, also by SG - same as the first one, but blends into the scenery better.
    On the first field test, I walked away from camp. looked back, and it had virtually disappeared into the underbrush at 50 yards. I was camped 100 yards into the trees from the access road, and a few trucks passing by never knew I was there!
    "Stealth camping" at it's best!

    I did have the rear hoop pole split on me during a bike roadtrip. A little steel wire and JB Weld soon had it working fine again.

  9. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Jones'in bad for ahennessy, perfect solution for up here( more trees than you cab" shake a stick at")... :)
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