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Joseph Williams
(deadogdancing) - F

Locale: SW England
2d bivvy sack pros/cons on 06/15/2007 09:32:42 MDT Print View

Hey folks, I'm designing a bivvy sack for a my tarp/bivvy quilt system.

I'm wondering if I can get away with a 2d design without boxed walls for the sake on simplicity.


materials are silnylon for the floor and momentum for the upper.

has anyone had success/spectacular failure with such a bivvy sack?

Peter McDonough
(crazypete) - F

Locale: Above the Divided Line
Re: 2d bivvy sack pros/cons on 06/15/2007 14:06:26 MDT Print View

Cut the top a few inches shorter all the way around and sew like a stuff sack. It works...and it gives you a bathtup floor all the way around. I had great success with this design.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=2771

Ernie Elkins
(EarthDweller)

Locale: North Carolina
Re: 2d bivvy sack pros/cons on 06/15/2007 14:37:45 MDT Print View

As I understand it, this is how Ti Goat makes their bivy sacks. They sew them flat and rely on your sleeping bag loft to lift the seams off the ground. I know that there are a lot of satisfied Ti Goat bivy owners out there, so it must work effectively enough.

David Wills
(willspower3) - F
Re: 2d bivvy sack pros/cons on 06/15/2007 21:56:46 MDT Print View

i've made VB liners with both 2D and stuff sack style bottoms. the stuff sack style bottoms are far superior in my opinion. Just more comfort for feet and more efficient use of materials.

Jan Rezac
(zkoumal) - MLife

Locale: Prague, CZ
2D vs 3D bivy sack on 06/17/2007 11:10:20 MDT Print View

There are both pros and cons for the 2D design:
+ simple construction
+ waterproof bottom - no seams in the wp. fabrics
+ multi-purpose: nice large groundsheet
- extra material in corners = extra weight
- 3D design couples better with sleeping pad


The decision is up to you, I'd chosen the 3D pattern when I was making mine, because I wanted enough room for my winter bag and the weight saving was worth the extra work for me.

Joseph Williams
(deadogdancing) - F

Locale: SW England
for my dwindling sanity... on 06/20/2007 11:42:08 MDT Print View

Thanks for the reference to the Ti Goat bivvy...I can see the arguments for 3d (thanks for the examples, folks!), but I suspect that for my dwinlding sanity, I shall end up doing it in a titanium goat stylee!

Crazy Pete: Nice tarp!