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Bianchi Boy

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Bivvy bag choice
« on: 28 July, 2022, 08:21:15 pm »
I am considering buying a bivvy bag for multiday rides.

What do you have or recommend?

I am not adverse to a bit of hardship ....

BB
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ElyDave

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Re: Bivvy bag choice
« Reply #1 on: 28 July, 2022, 08:44:32 pm »
Alpkit Hunka is great in my experience
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Re: Bivvy bag choice
« Reply #2 on: 29 July, 2022, 07:46:04 am »
Alpkit Hunka is great in my experience


I have the xl despite being far from XL. Just wanted a bit more space. Have only used once so far so csntvreally give much fo a review

Re: Bivvy bag choice
« Reply #3 on: 29 July, 2022, 08:40:56 am »
I've got the Outdoor Research Helium bivvy. Useful features include the short arcing pole that creates some space around the head, and an inner fly sheet at the top end. This latter feature means that the outer zip can be left open when its not raining, allowing more airflow. Even when it's raining I still leave a little gap, for peace of mind that I'll still have oxygen through the night!

I've used it half a dozen times. It's been perfectly fine, although I've never used any other bivvy bag so can't compare. The first time I used it I was in the open, and a thunderstorm came through. It got a little damp inside, but everything dried out quickly before I setup camp the following night.

I've noticed that the 2022 model is slightly lighter than the one I have, but in other respects it is the same.

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Bianchi Boy

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Re: Bivvy bag choice
« Reply #4 on: 29 July, 2022, 07:36:54 pm »
Thanks for the advice. I want this for Audax crashing and PBP next year so I do not think I will need the rain cover. Crashing in shop doorways and PBP controls is all that I need. Got cold on the second night last time. Just needed something to hunker down.

BB
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Re: Bivvy bag choice
« Reply #5 on: 29 July, 2022, 07:43:06 pm »
the sol escape Bivvy is worth a look - it's a reflective bag, but more breathable and long lasting than a foil one and folds down reasonably well .... I used it and a thermalite mattress on LAL recently without a sleeping bag

for me the mattress was the most important part as it stops your body heat being lost to the ground ... if you have enough clothing layers you can retain plenty of body heat from being lost to the air - the ground is the biggest heat sink

Re: Bivvy bag choice
« Reply #6 on: 30 July, 2022, 12:01:48 pm »
I used the Sol on PBP without an air mattress and it was good for about an hour before I woke up cold.  I also have an Alpkit Hunka and Hunka XL which I bought before I started audaxing. I bought the XL because the regular didn't allow me to get an air mattress inside the bag and still have space for a sleeping bag to loft up.  If I was starting over, I'd go for the OR Helium just so that it seals up from midges.  I used the Hunka XL on the West Highland Way audax and had to put my jacket over my face to keep the bugs off.  That wasn't as effective as I would have liked.

Re: Bivvy bag choice
« Reply #7 on: 30 July, 2022, 04:59:21 pm »
For PBP you want the bank heated lobbies if not already packed out.

Re: Bivvy bag choice
« Reply #8 on: 30 July, 2022, 06:09:32 pm »
I have the Rab ultralight bivvy which weights 190g. Don’t think they make that anymore though.

Re: Bivvy bag choice
« Reply #9 on: 31 July, 2022, 03:36:06 pm »
For PBP you want the bank heated lobbies if not already packed out.
what's wrong with the beds?

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Re: Bivvy bag choice
« Reply #10 on: 31 July, 2022, 08:05:35 pm »
For PBP you want the bank heated lobbies if not already packed out.
what's wrong with the beds?

Queues and noise if night time

ElyDave

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Re: Bivvy bag choice
« Reply #11 on: 02 August, 2022, 06:20:06 am »
I used the Sol on PBP without an air mattress and it was good for about an hour before I woke up cold.  I also have an Alpkit Hunka and Hunka XL which I bought before I started audaxing. I bought the XL because the regular didn't allow me to get an air mattress inside the bag and still have space for a sleeping bag to loft up.  If I was starting over, I'd go for the OR Helium just so that it seals up from midges.  I used the Hunka XL on the West Highland Way audax and had to put my jacket over my face to keep the bugs off.  That wasn't as effective as I would have liked.

My sleeping bag has that built in  mossie net, worked perfectly in Scotland a couple of years ago
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jiberjaber

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Re: Bivvy bag choice
« Reply #12 on: 02 August, 2022, 09:55:47 am »
For PBP you want the bank heated lobbies if not already packed out.
what's wrong with the beds?

Queues and noise if night time

Personally I didn't have an issue with this, other than the eastern european chap who decided to take a phone call but stopped when I shouted at him.

Ear plugs, a buff for the eyes and being audax tierd works well enough for me.  There were no queues for sleeping when I stopped.  Make sure you get your sleeping booked in after you have controlled, then go eat/shower or what ever, that way you are booked in and can start to wind down...

I took an Escape Sol and my usual foil emergency blanket as a precaution (as I did on LEL17) but never used either.

I'm a very poor sleeper at the best of times (if I am in a hotel I never get a proper sleep on the first night in a strange bed!) but being Audax tired seems to be the key for me.

Regards,

Joergen

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Re: Bivvy bag choice
« Reply #13 on: 02 August, 2022, 05:47:23 pm »

...  Make sure you get your sleeping booked in after you have controlled, then go eat/shower or what ever, that way you are booked in and can start to wind down...


We'll be dissuading folk from doing this at BC - it occupies beds for lengthy periods unnecessarily. The busier the beds are the more people want to do it but the beds are for sleep. If the volunteers follow my instructions we'll be looking out for you, jiberjaber.
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jiberjaber

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Re: Bivvy bag choice
« Reply #14 on: 02 August, 2022, 06:10:39 pm »

...  Make sure you get your sleeping booked in after you have controlled, then go eat/shower or what ever, that way you are booked in and can start to wind down...


We'll be dissuading folk from doing this at BC - it occupies beds for lengthy periods unnecessarily. The busier the beds are the more people want to do it but the beds are for sleep. If the volunteers follow my instructions we'll be looking out for you, jiberjaber.

 ;D ;D You'll be looking out for a long time!  :facepalm:

I slept at BC on 2017, I controlled, booked my sleeping slot to start in a couple of hours time, went and showered, ate and then went and took my sleeping slot I had booked at the time I had booked it for. Worked fine no problems at all. 

Are you suggesting people are booking slots that should start as soon as they are booked then walking away for a long time? 
Regards,

Joergen