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Thread: Tarp and Bivy Questions
Tarp and Bivy Questions
I have my first tarp on order from Kifaru and was hoping you all may be able to answer some questions about running the tarp and a bivy bag. In what situations do you run just a tarp? And in which situations do you run a bivy in conjunction with the tarp? If you have a preference for one set-up over the either can you please explain why? Thanks!
I'm not the most experienced with a bivy tarp combo, but have run a tarp for years on end. So far I prefer the tarp without the bivy, it just feels less restrictive and is a bit less weight usually.
Nothing inherently wrong with the bivy per se, but for most of my uses it is not needed.
I use just the tarp most of the time, if its really cold then I use a tarp and a stove.
IMO, I don't see very many benefits in the bivy /tarp combo, but a lot of guys are using them so there has to be something to it. Is it for Versatility? Mental security? Weight? Warmth? Weather protection? In my experience I've been achieving all that from just the Tarp, Sleeping pad, and Sleeping bag.Ron Wright
06-13-2013 #4~David aka the enginerd
Hoyt CS Turbo 70# 29", Easton Axis 300 w/ 58 gr Black Eagle Rampage Half-Out w/ 100 gr. Muzzy Trocar, Black Gold Ascent on 6" dovetail, Tightspot Quiver, Bee Stinger Sport Hunter Extreme
Here is a pic of Tyvek under my bivy/pad/bag.
If you decide you want to use Tyvek. I've got some extra listed in the classifieds.When the time for performance arrives, the time for preparation is past.
--Thomas S. Monson
I am new to the tarp thing but I decided to go with bivy as well. My reason are bugs in general and to protect bad/bag.... There is a small weight penalty, but still beats the 9lbs I was lugging around.It is a crumy life but somebody has to do it.
“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” – Joe Namath
I'll have some tyvek for you, just let me know how much to bring.
I now use a bivy all the time. Only because the ID event bivies breath so well and I cannot see why not to take it other than weight.
Otherwise id say, if bugs are not a problem.
w/ bivy: 4 season shelter
w/o bivy: 2.5 season shelter
I always use a bivy in conjunction with a tarp. I must have a phobia about bugs. But at a little over 6 ounces my Ti-Goat bivy works great. I sometimes will just set up a bivy if the weather forcast is good, no tarp, but usually i go with a tarp bivy combo. But rarely if ever have i just ran a tarp.Even in warm weather i like to set my para tarp up hgh for increased ventilation and shade. The ti -goat bivys have zero condensation due to the size of the mosquito netting.
I ran no bivy in my Paratipi last year. Works ok unless you have to seal it down for bad weather. Then you'll get condensation and itll drip on your bag. Not a huge deal but for some it is. I'll be running without a bivy again this year. I like the open feeling.