I'm seriously looking at getting a MLD duomid for solo use, but I'm less sure about whether to get a bivy (probably a MLD superlight) or the MLD solo net inner tent.
I'd like the system for all-year round use so it has to be able to cope with a wide range of weather. I walk in SW Tasmania and in New Zealand so the shelter has to be able to deal with lots of rain, wind, snow, cold (but not too much below freezing) as well as hot, dry, sunny days. Oh yes, flying bugs and ground crawlies (ticks, leeches, spiders, ...) are an issue all year round. Advice from UK walkers is most welcome :)
My sleep system is a CCF pad with a thermarest prolite 4 short on top, and a JRB quilt.
For the net tent, my main concerns are:
- Will it be warm enough in winter? (How breezy is the duomid, how much does the nanoseeum mesh slow the wind, will the mesh stop enough spindrift for the down quilt to stay dry enough?)
- Is the 2-3.5in bathtub floor really high enough to cope with very wet ground?
- Will the mesh stop enough splash from wind-driven rain for the quilt to stay dry?
For the bivy option, my concerns are:
- Will I be too hot in summer? (Need the bug protection, but I sleep pretty hot - I guess I could shove the quilt down to the foot of the bivy)
- I'm a side sleeper who swaps from side to side a lot during the night. Is that even possible in a bivy?
Any input would be welcome. Even suggestions that I should just get a Moment instead...