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Bivy bags do they work? 2-May-2016 At 11:59:42 AM TimP
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Anyone use bivy bags?
I got myself a secondhand one that looks hardly used. It's a supper light Outdoor Research bag, probably an older model. Quite a nice design and I got the hang of sleeping in it a on a few trial nights. So on Saturday, with a forecast for rain, I set up to see how waterproof it is.
We got about 20mm over an hour in a cracking storm. Quite exciting as I was up a tree in my back yard testing out my home-made portaledge as well the idea that this would be my big-wall sleeping setup.
Anyway the bivy held out for a while but then began to weep water inside. I thought it might have been internal condensation wicking water through but it just got damper inside till it started soaking into my sleeping bag and thermarest
After the storm passed about 4am I finally gave up and retreated inside to my warm & dry bed.
So my question is do bivy bags work and I just need to get a better one. Or don't they work in full-on weather (a big ask from a single lightweight shell) and I should aim for another setup.

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