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Choosing Bivy Sacks

A bivy sack is a low-profile, waterproof barrier for your sleeping bag that offers an ultra-lightweight alternative to traditional tents. Originally used by climbers who needed lightweight, compact shelters for multi-day ascents, they are also popular among backcountry minimalists who want to shave weight. They don't offer room to move, but they're easy to pack.

Structured Bivy Sacks
Structured bivy sacks, called bivy shelters, have small suspension systems that expand the head area to provide some room to sit up in. This makes the confined space more comfortable fit.
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Bivy Openings
The most basic bivy sacks have an opening at the head to let you breathe and allow moisture to escape. More advanced models use mesh panels to keep bugs out.
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Bivy Fabrics
Most bivy sacks use two different fabrics to balance protection and weight. The bottom fabric is heavier for durability. The upper fabric is usually lighter and features a waterproof/breathable laminate.
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How to Choose Gloves and Mittens

Protect Your Hands from the Weather
How to Choose Gloves & Mittens

From what you wear on your head to what covers your toes, every article of clothing has a particular purpose in the outdoors. Gloves protect your fingers and allow fine motor control while mittens offer extra warmth by allowing your fingers more skin-on-skin contact. Hybrid gloves (also called lobster mittens) offer the warmth of mittens and the dexterity of gloves. Consider the following aspects when shopping for hand protection: weather conditions, insulation, and design or shape.

Conditions:

For cold and wet weather, look for winter handwear with a waterproof coating (DWR) or waterproof shell fabric like Gore-Tex and plenty of insulation. Often, a waterproof breathable shell fabric will help to protect your hands from the warmth-robbing effects of wind.

Insulation:

For cold conditions or cold hands, insulated handwear is the only way to go. Synthetic insulations like PrimaLoft dry quickly and are less affected by moisture than down insulation. Down offers the best warmth-to-weight ratio.

Design:

A gauntlet-style cuff keeps wetness and cold air from creeping up the sleeve of your jacket. This design can feel bulky to some so if you want a sleeker fit look for a glove with a slim cuff that slips under your jacket cuff.