RAB ALPINE BIVI £250 USED BY Simon
Ingram, oxygen-loving editor USED FOR one wet night
I have never particularly liked bivvy bags. I don’t know, something about sealing myself up in a synthetic cocoon with no light and only a label on the side to reassure me that yes, air will make it through the fabric and therefore yes, the chances of waking up in the morning are at least technically probable. I’ve had jackets that made similar guarantees about dryness that turned out to be lies, and the idea of trusting my respiration to such a thing never really appealed.
However this autumn, with a drippy cave for the night’s boudoir and a big day to follow, I had little choice. And I have to say, my concerns quickly dissipated. I’m not going to say I had a snuggly, comfy night (come on!), but the eVent fabric this bivvy is made of didn’t feel in any way stuffy, and was actually quite well ventilated, even when pulled right over my head. I didn’t zip it up – I found the Velcro tabs enough, and to be honest I think that might be a step too far into body bag territory – but remained dry and quite happy while I lay there and waited for the night to be over. My only issue is that this 470g, superbly packable bivvy is a little crackly. But it’s spacious enough for a mat and bag, and it certainly opens up your options for a night outdoors.
It’s ■ot cheap, but it has rea●ig■ed my fears about bivvy bags bei■g body bags with murderous i■te■t.