/ recommend a good bivvy bag
I have a Rab Storm which I've used to sleep out on the hill here in the Highlands (albeit in summer) and as a sleeping bag cover when bothying year-round, often with a down bag. No condensation at all if your face is uncovered, a fair amount if you're completely zipped in but I suspect that would be the same with any bivi. Weight around 500g and can be had for £60 - £70 or therabouts. I've had mine about 4 years now.
I have a spare Terra Nova bivvy bag that I bought for a trip when I forgot my other one. Perfect condition £70 posted? PM me if you want a picture
I also have a Rab Ridge Raider which is brilliant but quite expensive. The beauty of the Rab is that it is essentially a one man tent and mine weighs 800g without pegs and the bag, neither of which are needed out in the hills.
> I second that and now rarely use my expensive Gortex ones...
I third that!! Mine's ace. One thing I'd have done though, if I'd known, was to buy an XL one - I've got a monster down sleeping bag so the whole thing can feel a little bit tight. For the extra little bit of cash and weight it'd be worth it, especially to put your clothes inside to keep them from freezing! Co:
I fourth the Hunka suggestion, although I can't say that I've had any size-related issues with the regular one (as a 5'9 man). Although it is definitely too small to fit a regular size sleeping mat inside, unfortunately.
I have a Rab Storm bivi for sale here:
Another vote for the Hunka, although if I'm going to be in a situation where I need to put my mattress on the inside of the bag I have an ex army gortex jobby, heavier but much more room and cheap.
But its got a bloody great big hole in it!
I found it fine. I don't use the roll mat in the bivi bag (tends to put holes in the bivi bag,) idea and don't use a massive sleeping bag (I wear my clothes when it gets cold.) I'm 5 foot 8 and 75 kg.
http://www.rockrun.com/products/Rab-Survival-Zone.html seems good
I'm 5'9" and even with a pretty compact down bag I can't sleep comfortably with a 3/4 length lightweight self-inflator inside (Alpkit's own) but standard is fine as long as you don't mind the mattress outside.
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