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Bivy bags

Spending the night outdoors is the greatest thing for true nature lovers. Being one with nature, spending the night under the open sky, is a special pleasure in a high-quality bivy sack. Unlike classic camping, bivouacking does not involve the use of a tent. Therefore, functional bivy sacks are the indispensable companions for such an adventure.

Bivy sacks for nocturnal adventures under the open sky

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Adventure under the open sky - with the right bivy sack in all weather conditions.

In a bivy sack, outdoor enthusiasts are well protected from the elements such as rain, cold and wind. A bivy sack is more than a conventional sleeping bag, because bivy sacks usually consist of waterproof fibers on the bottom and a breathable, waterproof top. You can simply pull your bivy sack over your sleeping bag. Depending on the size, it is even possible to add a sleeping or insulating mat to it. The special thing about a bivy sack is that a kind of air cushion is created between the bivy and the sleeping bag. This provides an extra "portion" of warmth and thus improved sleeping comfort. Modern bivy sacks can be closed so far that even the face of the user is well protected. In this respect, such outdoor equipment can certainly be considered like a mini tent.

An indispensable must-have for outdoor fans, and not just in an emergency
Risk-taking nature fans, but also alpine climbers, mountaineers and hikers cannot do without a bivy sack. In an emergency, such a "tent substitute" is worth its weight in gold.

There are three different types of bivy sack

  1. The emergency bivy is often more of a "one-time survival sleeping bag" that is absolutely waterproof and windproof. However, this also means that the moisture you secrete during sleep is not also released to the outside. Because that is exactly what is often not the case here.
  2. Standard bivy sacks are the refined form of the emergency bivy. They last much longer, offer far more comfort and are characterized by good breathability. Nevertheless, the problem of condensation is not completely eliminated even with these models.
  3. Bivy bags with poles are comparable to a tent. The implemented frame ensures that you can enjoy a certain "headroom" while sleeping. This is important if you really want to close the bivy up to over your face. An example of such a bivy tent is the Snugpak Stratosphere.


It pays to look for quality when buying new bivy sacks. Especially if you plan to spend several nights "in the wild". In general, it is advisable to assemble the equipment wisely and to be clear in advance about what demands will be placed on it. Whether as a one-night event or as part of a nature expedition lasting several weeks - it always depends on the value and functionality of the equipment.

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