First look: Alpkit Hooped Bivvy-Bag (prototype).
Some time ago I had a chat with Nick at Alpkit about the possibility of adapting one of their Hunka Bivvy bags in to an ultralite hooped bivvy for The Tour Divide.
It’s weighing in about 550gms and packs down to 500mm long x 90mm diameter. With a four piece pole it could be around 400mm long.
Dimensions are approximately 185cm long x 72cm wide and 50cm high at the entrance x 50cm wide at the base. It pretty much reflects the average dimensions of a standard mummy-type sleeping bag/sleeping mat with a bit of space at the shoulders, it should integrate nicely with something like their Numo Lightweight Sleeping Mat. I would hazard a guess that a production model would be slightly longer.
I asked Nick to make it deliberately minimalist for a lower overall weight and packing size.
It has a slight forward lean at the entrance for weather protection. My first impressions are that it is ideal. I think it could be a hugely popular option for a lot of people
heading in to the outdoors; particularly Bikepackers, Alpinists, and Hikers.
It’s pretty much exactly what I was looking for. A very lightweight, snug, fuss-free, bivvy bag with a hoop for a bit more comfort; designed and manufactured by a local company with passion. Ace! 🙂
I like the people at Alpkit, I like their ethos and ideals, and I like their products. Look them up sometime, they’re worth it.
|It currently measures 500mm x 90mm.|
|185cm long with a slight forward lean at the entrance.|
|72cm wide x 50cm high at the entrance|
|Full mosquito mesh window.|
|Let me out!|