April 6, 2012
The Escape Bivvy from Adventure Medical Kits is new for 2012, and it is looking to be a beefed up version of their popular Emergency Bivvy. Intended to provide additional warmth when the unexpected occurs, this bivvy reflects body heat back inwards, but also manages to breath out moisture to cut down on condensation buildup.
Outside of emergency usage, this could be used to beef up a summer sleeping bag. If you have a cross-country trip planned, you could pack a light summer sleeping bag for the hotter days of your journey, and put this into use as a bag liner when you hit the cooler temperatures in higher elevations. The bivvy weighs in at just 10 ounces, and packs down to the size of a Nalgene bottle. It is water resistant, and seam sealed, but you probably wouldn't want to depend on it as a stand-alone shelter.
Maybe the only thing to be careful of with this bivvy is sleeping near others. The crinkly material does make a fair amount of noise as you move around. The sound is muffled a bit when used as a bag liner, but still noticeable.
Photo by Josh Tack.
TOURING GEAR AND TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling's member services department. It appears weekly, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead.