Sleeping Gear

Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Women’s Sleeping Bag

Review coming soon!

Outdoor Research Aurora Bivy

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Material: Gore-Tex/Nylon

I used this for the first time in Point Reyes in March 2013.  Bivy sacks can generally run between $100-150, but I lucked out on this older version on eBay for $35.  I didn’t want to buy a new one in case I didn’t like sleeping in such a restricted space.  It turned out to be a great option for a wet coastal trip!  I set it up with my sleeping bag and pad inside and under a tarp shelter made with the help of my handy dandy trekking poles (see review of those here.)

Getting into a bivy is a little tricky, but I found if you kind of squirm your way down in it, you’ll eventually make it into your bag successfully.  This particular bivy has both a no-see-um mess netting enclosure as well as the full cover.  It does not come with a pole, like some of the other bivys to keep the bag off of your face.  I found that after trying to zip it the first time, the mesh netting got caught in the zipper and tore a small hole.  Drat.  So that’s something to be careful about when using this particular bivy.  I started the night out with it zipped completely and midway through the evening, I unzipped a small section of the outer most layer to get some fresh air.  The zipper access from the inside is fairly easy to find and use.

It was raining when I woke up, but I was completely dry aside from a very small amount of condensation on the inside of the bivy near my head.  Will I bivy again?  Absolutely!  I love the idea of being about to stargaze and pack such a light shelter option.

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