REI Co-op Shell Bivy

Best bivy

Specs

Weight 1 lb, 3 oz

 

Our take Bivies aren’t known for their livability, but if you find yourself spending an unplanned night in this one, you can at least take comfort in knowing you got a good deal on it. But cheap doesn’t mean this bivy isn’t functional: The nylon shell kept one tester dry when a rain and sleet storm raged around her outside of Ouray, Colorado, and an overlapping rain flap ensured precip couldn’t leak in.

The details A large, U-shaped zipper extends to the shoulders and offers easy entry. The 27-inch width is average, but the 87-inch length makes up for it: “I stashed extra clothes at the foot with room to spare,” one 5’6” tester says. The 70-denier nylon bottom emerged only lightly scuffed when pitched on river rocks and dirt. As with all bivies, ventilation was a problem on chilly nights.

Trail cred “It packs down to the size of a football, better than I expected given the interior space,” our Colorado tester says.