Outdoor Research Helium Bivy

Bivy for Bikepacking

Brand: Outdoor Research

Model: Helium Bivy

Storage space is at such a premium when you’re bikepacking that even an ultralight tent can feel bulky. That’s why many seasoned riders use a bivy instead. With a single-pole setup and a packed size that’s slightly larger than a Nalgene, the Helium Bivy is a good compromise between size and weather protection. “The pole eases (though doesn’t eliminate) the claustrophobia and condensation that plague most one-person bivies,” said one tester after a week camping along Colorado byways, “and the 2.5-layer Pertex Shield is bomber enough that you can go to sleep confident your shelter won’t blow away during the night.”

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