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Emergency Bivvy

Your day hike just turned into a wrong-turn-induced overnight camping trip; it’s lucky for you that you threw the Adventure Medical Emergency Bivvy into your pack. You didn’t even notice the ultra-light, super-small, compressible bivvy in your pack, but you will definitely notice it when it is helping you hold in 90% of your body heat and keeping you from getting hypothermia.
  • Ultralight bivvy designed for emergency use
  • Heatsheet material reflects 90% body heat
  • Seam sealed for reliable waterproofing
  • Item #AMK0135

Material
Heatsheets (synthetic)
Trail Weight
3.5 oz
Recommended Use
emergency shelter
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 5

Used Once

I have only had to use this emergency bivvy once. I was winter hiking in the white mountains on a weekend overnight trip. On the first day hiking up I got caught in a freezing rainstorm. At the time I didn't have a pack cover and so my sleeping bag got damp. When I went to bed down in my tent that night, I had changed into my spare clothes but didn't want to stuff myself in a wet/cold sleeping bag. So I stuffed myself into this bivvy and then into my sleeping bag. I woke up in the middle of the night sweating and had to get out of the bivvy. It wasn't super freezing at 30 degrees F, but it would have been a miserable night in a wet sleeping bag without this bivvy. Plus it is extra safety for practically no weight. A must have!

>Rating: 5

Bug Out Bag Must Have!

So I haven't used it yet, but I know I won't regret having this when there's an emergency. I watched several video reviews about it and everyone says they start to get warm almost right away, it's roomy, and fairly easy to pack back up into the stuff sack. Happy to have this new addition to the bug out bag!

>Rating: 5

Hope to never have to use it

But it's great to carry around since it certainly helps your confidence

>Rating: 5

Emergency Bivy

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is a great little accessory to have with you when you are out and about in nature... you never know what is going to happen out there. Hopefully you never have to use this but it packs down so small and light it is probably worth it to carry with you JIC. Matthew Pizza Expert Gearhead mpizza@backcountry.com 801.736.5363

>Rating: 5

All upside

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I lost a friend to exposure when surprise storm prevented return to their tent. Since then I keep one of these with me on trips. Turns out to be super useful. Very small, so small it fits in my dayhiker first aid kit Light weight (if you're too UL to add 3.6 oz to your pack you're probably carrying one of these instead of a quilt any way right :) ) Durable enough for re-use and reasonable to fold back down Makes my wife feel better knowing I have it when I'm on a trip Quick way to extend temp range for sleeping bag if temps drop Or slide under your sleeping pad for a quick r boost (You won't notice the extra noise over the noise your partner's neo/x-therm already makes) Can be used in a number of ways with injuries or to prevent secondary injuries in case of disorientated victim All upside :D

>Rating: 5

Be prepared!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I haven't had to use it yet but the compact size makes it simple to have in my pack and not take up much room but is there just in case!

>Rating: 5

Small, there just in case

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I've been carrying it on my hikes for over a year and luckily I have never had to use it. But it's very lightweight, and easy enough to carry around for that piece of mind in case of an emergency.

>Rating: 5

Comes with me now

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

After a weather scare on Rainier last year, I've decided to keep one of these clipped to me whenever I'm not carrying my tent in the backcountry. For the weight and size it's well worth it. You never know...

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Size compared to a busines business card

Comparing the size of the packed bivvy to a business (coffee) card

Comparing
>Rating: 5

Light, small and confidence Inspiring

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

There is not much to say. This will now sit at the bottom of my back whenever I go touring, climbing or hiking. It is so small and light that I will always keep it with me, and it inspires a lot of confidence. That is about as much as anyone can say until they actually have to use it, which is hopefully never.

>Rating: 5

The perfect gift

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've been in a situation where I thought we might need this bivvy. I felt like an idiot that I didn't have it. It was in my friends back yard on a sledding mission gone wrong. So close to home, but could have been bad had we not made it out. After that incident, I'll carry this super lightweight bivvy with me at all times. Perfect gift to a friend as well!

>Rating: 5

Have it but hope you don't need it

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This is a great thing to have just in case. It is small and light weight. It is pretty much a bivy made out of space blanket material. It will keep you warm if you need it as well as dry. It gives me peace of mind when I go hiking and carry this with me. I know if something goes wrong I have shelter to hold up in over night.

>Rating: 5

quality

this is a must for any med-survival kit. its small lite it can help out in tons if situations and make a unexpected night out on the mountain a lot better than it would have been. amazingly strong for how lite it is. and also dont take it out of its sack unless you absolutely need it. it will be a ton more packable if you dont take it out and stuff it back in. kinda a one time use item in my opinion

>Rating: 5

Helped Save a Life

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Not many people are likely to come on here and review a product that is meant to keep someone alive in an unlikely situation. Especially not after having used it. A friend broke his femur while backcountry skiing, and 2 of the 3 partners had these emergency bivies in our bags. Combined with down jackets, goggles, face masks, beanies, food, water,dry layers, and proper care, I believe that these $17 items helped to keep my friend alive until we were able to transport him to the hospital. They are small and light and I've never backcountry skied or alpine climbed WITHOUT having one in my bag. On the flipside, they are quite slim and with an immobile leg, it caused too much pain to fit over the body. We ended up slipping one over the patient (albeit with a LOT of pain), and using our teeth to cut the other one in half, to be used as a blanket and tucked in around the patient and under his butt. It tore in a straight line.

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>Rating: 5

Size is small

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have not used it but rather have it in the bottom of my touring pack for emergencies. Like the small size and pack-ability. Hope to never have to use it... I think this is a good gift idea for those how have friends/family who tour but seem to have everything. Just sayin'

I will add that I like the idea of having one of these so much I got one for a buddy that I tour with. Just so we don't have to share mine if a tour goes south and we have to camp out. Doubt there'd be room for two "real men" in one of these... JK

>Rating: 3

It works alright

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I mean for emergency situations this would be the best thing you can get for about twenty dollars. I went tarp camping the other day and used it in mild rain. It kept my sleeping bag mostly dry. I put my sleeping pad inside it and used no ground cover to see how well it'd work. It worked, but not as good as an actually bivy meant to backpack in. It can get really sweaty in this thing in the rain, just so you know. Night temp was about 40, and I used an ultralamina 45 on the trip( i think). I had to unzip the bag to keep the temp right. Definately reflects some heat, is water proof, and wind proof. I will keep one in my day hike bag, just in case.

>Rating: 4

Just in case

I got one of these for my dad too since he liked the idea of having it with him since he is always up Backpacking in the Uintas.

>Rating: 4

I'll Have It When I Need It!

Have not used this yet but in an emergency it should be a lifesaver! I do a lot of canyoneering and have almost had to spend a few nights away from camp. I will be sure to have this with me when we do have to bivvy ;)

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Choosing the Right SOL Emergency Shelter

AMK Sales rep and Professional Adventure Racer Kyle Peter outlines the differences between SOL's emergency shelters and describes when to choose each one.

>Rating: 4

Always have one in the pack

I always have one in my pack, along with my first aid kit, and some other emergency gear. There is no reason why not to have one, it's lightweight(Mine weighed in at 4.2 ounces), inexpensive, and much better then a emergency blanket. I hope I never have to use it, but I know it's there if I have too. Buy one or a couple, it's the peace of mind knowing its there. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Do I need to fold it back up each time I...

Do I need to fold it back up each time I use it or can I stuff it in the stuff sack without damaging it? I plan on using it everyday for a week or so and stuffing it would be much more convinient..

I just stuff it and it just fine

Former Adventure Medical rep here. As Guy says, stuffing the bivy is fine.

NOT FINE - Just unpacked mine (for a wilderness med demo fortunately) and the plastic/foil interface had separated leaving thin plastic on one side and all the reflective foil on the other. Also tore a bit... Maybe they 'go bad' after a season or two? I was surprised.