The Best Bivvy Bag
There are a lot of choices! See all 50 of the reviews here. Or below are our TOP 5!
The Top 5!
Rab - Alpine £200 Fuly enclosed, zipped, with mesh vent 495g 235cm x 70cm
The best all rounderRead more
Terra Nova - Discovery Lite £160 Fully zipped, enclosed 300g 200cm x 75cm
Best lightweight option. Terra Nova Discovery Lite
Terra Nova - Moonlight £90 open faced, drawstring 180g 200cm x 76cm
The best super lightweight bag available. Read more
Mountain Equipment - Ion £90 Drawstring, complete closure hood 280g 220cm x 86cm
A good all rounder. Read more
Highlander - Kestrel £25 Drawstring hood 310g 260cm x 60cm
The best budget option. Read more
What is a Bivvy Bag and why you need one!
The best bivvy bag will depend on what you plan to do. Some people want an extreme lightweight bag at the expense of durability or internal size – check out the Tera Nova Moonlight.
Other people will be happy to have a slightly heavier bag that is roomier and may feature an over face cover for if it rains, such as the Rab Alpine. Hooped bivi bags are a good option of you are camping for extended periods, for example cycle touring and rain or snow is expected at some point but are much heavier, have a look at the Chinnook bivouac.
There is no sense of outdoors in your average campsite, these large family tents are even designed to look like houses to the point where you may as well just stay in, well, a house.
Couple that with the fact that gone are the days of campsites being a field and a toilet block and are now veritable theme parks for £30 a night with pools, swings and a shop selling choss and you may as well just give up on the camping idea altogether.
Bivvy bags, bivi bags or bivouac sac, are fundamentally waterproof socks for sleeping bags. They’re tents shrunk to keep just your sleeping-bag-enclosed body safe from the elements. They’re simple. You put your sleeping bag in your bivvy bag and you put yourself in your sleeping bag.
Sleeping in a tent is not so much sleeping outdoors as it is sleeping indoors. For a start you’re sleeping inside and you got there through a door. Tents are heavy, unwelcome in, ironically, many campsites and are generally a faff with a side dish of claustrophobia. Sack it in. Literally. Choose a bivvy.
Whether you are a mountaineer, cyclist, walker, climber or just enjoy the freedom of lightweight camping, we can help you save money and get the gear you need!
Want to know why a breathable bag is so important? See our post here