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When a leisurely day hike turns into an epic survival situation, you'll be glad you packed the Adventure Medical SOL Escape Bivvy into your pack. The entire shelter weighs just 8.5 ounces, packs up small, and has an aluminum coating that reflects 75% of radiant body heat. And unlike most emergency shelters, the spun-bonded olefin material has the ability to breathe so you won't end up feeling clammy and chilled to the bone.
- Spun-bonded olefin material with a reflective aluminum coating is lightweight, breathable, and tear- and puncture-resistant
- Aluminum coating reflects 75% of radiated body heat
- Entire shelter weighs in at just 8.5 ounces and packs down small
- Item #AMK3243
- Q & A
Not really waterproof.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Just tested it out for two nights on the olympic peninsula. One night on the coast, one night on the mountains. First night was great, completely sold on the idea. Kept me warm, and fit my z-lite and quilt perfectly. Weather was great, no rain or dew.
Second night in the mountains was a harder test, and I'm not sure it passed. There was no rain, but considerable dew. And it went right through the fabric. Quilt got fairly wet on top, which made it colder in the bag. I made it through the night fine, but if I was doing a longer trip I would be concerned about not being able to dry out my quilt. It was nice to fall asleep watching at the stars though.
I did not have any of the durability issues others have noted. But I do roll up the bivvy and put in its sack rather than stuffing it. Seems to fit fine this way and is not particularly difficult.
Overall, great in a daypack for emergencies. Or ultralight with good weather and no dew. Paired with a tiny tarp to keep the dew off, I think it would work well in the back country.
Best of the SOL bivvies
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
None of these bivvies are particularly durable, but even damaged they will do what they are designed to do. The thermal will keep you a littler warmer, but you'll wake up to condensation. The escape will sacrifice some heat, but keep you dry. I like the escape better, but it comes down to preference.
Can't make up my mind
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this as a bikepacking shelter, and I want to love it, but can't figure it out.
Here are the advantages:
1. It's very light
2. It packs super small
3. It's somewhat waterproof (I live in the PNW, so rainstorms are a fact of life.)
4. It's cheap
1. I'm 6' 1", and it only comes up to my chest. Shoulders & head are unprotected.
2. No room for my sleeping pad.
3. No bug screen.
I've been wearing a bug net and draping a garbage bag over my head and shoulders to overcome the disadvantages. Bottom line: If it rains, you will be wet.
I'm torn between my frustration with its limitations and my appreciation for its packability.
Warm but tight.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This bivy is very warm it would work well as a stand alone summer bag for lightweight trips. It is breathable and water resistant so you can go without a tent. It is pretty durable so you should get a few trips out of it. If you are going to use it as your primary shelter I would take a tarp to hang over it since it is pretty much a waterproof sleeping bag and not completely weather tight. would hate to wake up in the middle of a storm and find water has found its way in through the top. But it will work well as long as you plan your sleeping space out.
This bivy is kind of tight though, you can get a sleeping bag inside and still be comfortable. You should be able to get a 3/4" pad inside but much more than 1" will leave you with your arms stuck in one position.
Size wise it packs down pretty small but a little too big to be an emergency shelter for backpacking, backpackers should look into SOL's Emergency Bivy. It is about the size of a Nalgene. This bivy would be a great emergency shelter for 4 wheelers, vehicles and other activities where pack space is more available.
I would recommend this bivy for anyone looking for an emergency shelter or lightweight sleep system.
What is the difference between this and...
What is the difference between this and the http://www.backcountry.com/adventure-medical-sol-escape-lite-bivvy ? ...which is $10 cheaper, and is what is in the video that is posted for this product. Thanks.
This link you provided is for the Escape Lite version of this bag. It weighs less, is less durable and wont in all honestly wont keep you as warm as this bivvy. The video below highlights this product.
Is this material durable enough that it...
Is this material durable enough that it could be used repeatedly for bike packing or adventure racing? Also it doesn't mention waterproof, but is it water resistant at least?
It is indeed water resistant but at 241g and based on its construction I don't think it is a piece that will last you forever. You may be able to get a bike tour out of it if you are pretty careful to not tear or puncture it on sticks or sharp rocks. With a sleeping pad you may be able to make it work.
It is made out of a different material than the other SOL bivies which is pretty durable. It should last for several adventures as long as you aren't abusing it. Most REI stores carry this so if you have one near you, you should go in and check it out for yourself. You will find that the material is thicker than you would expect.