Anyone care to recommend their favorite bivy shelter? I'm looking for something light weight that packs small for solo trips into the mountains. I'm not looking for a tarp setup.
Outdoor research alpine is great. I just got one a few weeks ago and really like it...slept in it 6 nights so far.
Lots of head room and pretty light weight...aslo has the bug screen and that is really nice.
I had tried out a couple other bivys in the past and finally found one that I am comfortable sleeping in.
Borah Gear SnowySide eVent bivy. Less than 1#, stand alone use, custom sizes and/or zippers, and around $160 I think. Works great with or without a tarp.
Is Glowire that lighter than chute cord?I just started using a bivy and tarp last year and went the Slumberjack Contour bivy and Satellite tarp. I like the bivy very well for what it is and it can be used by itself without a tarp. I think the tarp is too heavy and you would be better off with a silnylon tarp rather than a heavier camo coated polyester tarp. I shaved ounces off the weight by ditching the stuff sacks and replacing the guy lines and stakes with Lawson's glowire and titanium stakes. I don't have a scale, but I think the final weight of my bivy and tarp combo is about 2lbs.