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Jul 13th, 2010 at 6:52pm
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looking at getting a bivy bag but cant find ones like the army use. is there other brands out there Wink
  
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Reply #2 - Jul 13th, 2010 at 7:05pm
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Had a NZ Army bivy bag about 12 yrs ago - bit bulky and was made by Macpac under contract.
Have also a Huntec bivy bag which have used since mid 90's and works well on the tops from spring/summer to autumn. Therm-a-rest mattress fits down the sleeve and can store some gear at the top end.
It's a myth that you will be totally waterproof as condensation usually forms near the foot end but you stay pretty much dry and warm as long as you use a good quality sleeping bag. I have stayed on the tops in the Kaimanawa's and Lewis/Arthurs Pass over the yrs with no real issues.

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where do you get the hunt tech  ones in chch
  
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I use this crowd off ebay, they are fast and reliable. for under $100 nz you can have a new gortex bivvybag. I have never got condensation in mine even after 36 hours in the bag, they weigh around 700-800 grams and are very strong and roll up to F-all, just need to buy a $5 cram sack for it

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-USMC-MILITARY-GORETEX-BIVY-SLEEPING-BAG-COVER-BIVEY-/390...
  
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have a look on bivouac outdoor,  got my alpine research gortex bivy bag from them for $350 i think,  was on special down from $500
  
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smiddy wrote on Jul 13th, 2010 at 8:44pm:
have a look on bivouac outdoor,  got my alpine research gortex bivy bag from them for $350 i think,  was on special down from $500



I just bought the same one (OR alpine bivy) from Bivouac a couple of weeks ago. $319 if the sales still on
  
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Thanks for the link Landlock I have found my x-mas pressie that my mother in law can send over for me.

Saw one of the us army bags in use a few weeks ago. 3 of us camped near the Okarito swamp in our bivvy bags , me in a non breathble nz army bag,Roaring stag in a fairydown bag and Keiran in a us army bag. Fkn frezing cold night. me and RS had ice form between our sleeping bags and bivvy from thecondensation. we had to dry out bags out the next day in the sun. I was warm as toast RS froze his arse off and Keiran was snoring up a storm within 5 minutes of climbing inside his. no condensation at all inside his bag.

Definetly getting one cheap too at 27usd
  

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Reply #9 - Jul 14th, 2010 at 7:34am
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landlock101 wrote on Jul 13th, 2010 at 8:01pm:
I use this crowd off ebay, they are fast and reliable. for under $100 nz you can have a new gortex bivvybag. I have never got condensation in mine even after 36 hours in the bag, they weigh around 700-800 grams and are very strong and roll up to F-all, just need to buy a $5 cram sack for it

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-USMC-MILITARY-GORETEX-BIVY-SLEEPING-BAG-COVER-BIVEY-/390...


bought one just now on your recommendation, hopefully it's as good as you say Smiley Smiley
  

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Enforcer wrote on Jul 14th, 2010 at 7:34am:
landlock101 wrote on Jul 13th, 2010 at 8:01pm:
I use this crowd off ebay, they are fast and reliable. for under $100 nz you can have a new gortex bivvybag. I have never got condensation in mine even after 36 hours in the bag, they weigh around 700-800 grams and are very strong and roll up to F-all, just need to buy a $5 cram sack for it

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-USMC-MILITARY-GORETEX-BIVY-SLEEPING-BAG-COVER-BIVEY-/390...


bought one just now on your recommendation, hopefully it's as good as you say Smiley Smiley


the shipping is a tad expensive but it still works out to be a bloody cheap bivvy bag, shipping is pretty good to allways get them in about 10 days max
  
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smiddy wrote on Jul 13th, 2010 at 8:44pm:
have a look on bivouac outdoor,  got my alpine research gortex bivy bag from them for $350 i think,  was on special down from $500


Whats it like?
  
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Reply #12 - Jul 14th, 2010 at 9:13pm
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Hey guys,
I have a MONT Bivvi Bag, its pretty good, packs pretty small and it was the right price from my employer.

Earlier this year I utilised it as well as a Hootchie (Fly) to see out two mega storms, former cyclones, that smashed the QLD coast. It was epic in the heat and is just as good in the cold. I have used it in the Kindu Kush and that was lets just say f**king freezing less than toasty.

If you use a fly you can keep the Bivy bag off your face which will limit condensation. this is easy to achieve in the beech forest not so easy on the tops in the tussock...

The US Army bag is GTG I have seen them in action and for that price its a steal.

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bazza87 on here has the US Army ones for sale. Wink
  

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smiddy wrote on Jul 13th, 2010 at 8:44pm:
have a look on bivouac outdoor,  got my alpine research gortex bivy bag from them for $350 i think,  was on special down from $500


Whats it like?


They are great. They include a hoop that you can use to keep the fabric off your face. I've used mine in all sorts of conditions all over the country and its never failed. The only thing about a bivy bag is that if its raining you often get in damp, and get wet if you get out. I use a very light fly with mine and its a good combo. The fly and the bag weigh under 1kg.

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10 hours later after gail force winds and rain all night (Ruahines, last Jan). Still dry.


  

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