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Huzefa Siamwala
(huzefa) - M
question for bivy campers on 06/19/2008 19:46:10 MDT Print View

For those who bivy only in snow help me out here.

I was thinking about this today -wouldnt your insulation get compressed from weight of the snow?

Chad Miller

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Bivy and snow. . . on 06/20/2008 08:50:47 MDT Print View

I assume you're talking about if snow falls on you while sleeping in your bivy. If this is the case then yes, six inches of wet snow will compress your insulation.

Fortunately all you have to do is move your bivy bag around a bit to push the snow off. Consider that in a four season tent you would still have to clear the snow off your tent in order to keep it from collapsing.

Joe Westing
(pedro87) - F
Re: question for bivy campers on 06/20/2008 09:56:04 MDT Print View

If you are referring to stand-alone bivys w/ waterproof fabric on top and bottom, then Chad's response answers your question.

However, many people on this site use a tarp in conjunction with their bivy (often they are lighter than stand-alone and many have water-resistant tops, see In that case there would only be minimal need for pushing snow off the top, although it may drift all around the sides of the bivy (depending on the shape of the tarp). Sorry if you know this already.

Edited by pedro87 on 06/20/2008 09:56:34 MDT.

Huzefa Siamwala
(huzefa) - M
Re: Re: question for bivy campers on 06/20/2008 10:23:13 MDT Print View

Yes I meant stand-alone bivys w/ waterproof fabric on top and bottom -I should have been more clear but you guys got it. Thanks for clearing up my concern.