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An alternative bivy bag?
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Craig Price
(skeets) - MLife

Locale: Melbourne, Australia
An alternative bivy bag? on 11/24/2009 21:17:15 MST Print View

I'm not sure if I should have posted this in this thread, or in the "gear for multiple uses" thread (read on, you'll see why), or just in a new thread for "stupid ideas".

I chased down a reference to check out medical overbooties from a post by Wil to Rocky goretex booty alternative (see that thread). I found a local company which sells them, and sure 'nuff, they'll do nicely for 'round the camp.

But I noticed this on sale, and hey, has anyone thought of this yet? :)

Body Bag, Adult D- (yes, it is!)
• 245cm x 90cm, D-shape, zip opening
• Available in Blue and White
• A minimum purchase of 60 bags is necessary (a lot of campers/camping?)
Sale Price: $7.50/bag AU
Available in Polyethylene, Laminated Tyvek or in Non-Woven material for a softer touch.
Standard Packaging:
Medirite Supermax Pty Ltd

It's a cheap alternative bivy bag, has to be strong, and surely waterproof.

Who's game to sleep on the trail in a body bag? I'm always told I look like death warmed up when I first get up in the morning, well....and boy, imagine if you came across someone in the camp sleeping in, and then they sat up. hee, hee, hee.


Kier Selinsky
(Kieran) - F

Locale: Seattle, WA
LOL on 11/24/2009 21:28:00 MST Print View

I'm sure you'd have condensation problems, but the humor factor may be worth it. what's the weight on those?

Brian Hall
haha on 11/24/2009 22:10:49 MST Print View

lol, but is the zipper waterproof? and do they come in regular and long sizes?

Edited by brian2o0o on 11/24/2009 22:11:28 MST.

Hart -
(backpackerchick) - MLife

Locale: Planet Earth
Body bag on 11/24/2009 23:59:54 MST Print View

Good one! "Softer touch" is a selling point for these?

Edited by backpackerchick on 11/25/2009 00:02:51 MST.

Jace Mullen
(climberslacker) - F

Locale: Your guess is as good as mine.
body bags as bivys on 11/25/2009 00:24:33 MST Print View

if we could drum up support for 60 of these, then I would definatly get one... maybe just for the humor factor.


Craig Price
(skeets) - MLife

Locale: Melbourne, Australia
Re: body bags as bivys on 11/25/2009 05:49:20 MST Print View

well, I agree, they'd probably (obviously?) be hopeless, practically, with condensation, or they couldn't do the job they were designed for.

but I couldn't help it, I got this picture in my mind when I read it - imagine someone arriving at, say, the camp late, having misjudged the distance, and finding multiple body bags all neatly lined up around the camp fire (we do tend to sleep so orderly spaced in camp, have you noticed?)...realising that they are all filled with bodies in them....and then they move and sit up when you exclaim.

J Thomas Peterson
(tpeterson1959) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Crime Scene Supplies on 11/25/2009 10:26:28 MST Print View

I tried looking under crime scene supplies to see if you could get just one and found a couple of companies that offer them.

Like the Teddy Bear?

Like the Teddy Bear?

Edited by tpeterson1959 on 11/25/2009 10:27:38 MST.

bj bretzke
(lilorphanbilly) - F

Locale: Montana, MT (Stealth Mode)
alternative bivvie on 11/26/2009 12:30:01 MST Print View

I was a cavalry scout in the Army. We used body bags as bivies. If you need waterproof shelter they don't work so well because they are impermeable. I can't readily zip it shut because of the lack of ventilation. That said they make great sleeping bag covers. The ones we used were vinyl and super heavy. A tyvek one seems to lend itself to modification though.

Edited by lilorphanbilly on 12/12/2009 21:01:00 MST.