On Thursday afternoon we went to a small geocaching round and to test the bivy bag Bivibag Storm 1 from Salewa. In order to get a realistic test environment, I wanted to try the part in bad weather and rain.
Said, done: I started in the early evening, a few hours and three geocaches later, I discovered a perfect place for a bivouac under dense trees that keep the rain out. Luckily I had packed a big garbage bag for my backpack and shoes! A small campfire gave consolation and tea-water, and quickly I rolled on my mattress and slept soon.
Although there are much lighter and less packable bivouac sacks, this one seems to be neat and stable. At the foot end, a zipper is installed, which I also leave open immediately, to achieve some ventilation. The sleeping bag fits in perfectly, but the creeping in is a bit artistic. It was also cumbersome to find a sleeping position that was comfortable on the one hand, and prevented the bivvy sack's headboard from lying on the other. From sleeping comfort in the night I can not report, since I just slept 🙂
In the morning it was a bit clammy, because quite a lot of condensation had accumulated. My synthetic sleeping bag was quite moist from the outside. I turned the bivy bag 'on the left', shook it vigorously a few times, packed everything, allowed myself a quick breakfast with cereal and coffee, and stomped through the drizzle toward home.
As an emergency shelter or with light luggage this bivy bag works well. Somehow I already missed my little tent. It just feels less cramped, especially because you have more headroom and feel a bit more protected. Here at the lake is also a mosquito net not to be despised, I had after the bivouac night despite mosquito repellent some stitches.
All in all, I would rather spend more money and take a smaller and lighter bivouac sack: the ratio of weight and pack size to the already low comfort should at least be much better with a lighter bivouac sack.
Meanwhile, we had other models in the test: the small and light Twilight from Black Diamond and the luxurious ones Helium from Outdoor Research, Both can be a lot in terms of comfort and breathability, but also have their price.
- Hegau - West Lake Constance: Hiking map with cycling routes
- Lake Constance: hiking map set with nature guide in the protective cover