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    New project- Handlebar Bivi Bag update: Project Complete

    I'm trying to put together a light weight but comfortable bivi bag that will mount to the handlebars. Weather conditions. Colorado Spring to Fall (evening temps 35-45F), rain every day.

    So far the items I've selected are:

    MLD "Dog Tarp" 1.35 sylnylon 5'x5' 4.9 oz.
    This gives me just enough rain protection to setup in the bivi and cook.
    I've added a carbon fiber tent pole from questoutfitters.com adding 3.9oz so the tarp can stand alone.

    The Bivi is a Snugpak Stratosphere.
    The fabric top is 40D Nylon Ripstop waterproof and moisture permeable. The fabric bottom is 70D Nylon Tafeta with PU Coating. Poles are aluminum with screw lock tips. Dimensions: 90 x 37 x 42 in. weight 2.5 lbs. Disgarded their steel stakes and compression sak.

    Sleeping bag- is a Sierra Designs Wicked Hot 45-Degree Synthetic Fill Ultralight Sleeping Bag. Weight: 1 pound 7 ounces

    Pad is a Inertia X Frame UL Pad. 9.1 oz.

    Ground sheet is a cut space blanket.
    Total weight Including all misc items not listed 5.4 lbs.
    All fits in a 15L drybag with room to spare...

    Comments, suggestions welcome.

    Here are a few pict so far. I have not field tested this yet. Hope to get out soon for a shakedown. Will report back with more picts and comments.





    Last edited by SingleTrackLovr; 07-21-2013 at 01:27 PM. Reason: Project Complete

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    New project- Handlebar Bivi Bag

    Nice looking set up. Clever tarp. I would like to experiment with something like that over the top of my bivy -- could have just the bug mesh zipped close and rely on the tarp for rain coverage.

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    New project- Handlebar Bivi Bag

    I've been looking at that same snugpak bivy for awhile and might pick one up this week. What are your initial thoughts on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Cup View Post
    I've been looking at that same snugpak bivy for awhile and might pick one up this week. What are your initial thoughts on it?
    I have only slept in it one night on my deck. I like it.
    Pros- It's roomy and the little tent around your head helps if you are claustrophobic.
    Cons- steel tent pegs need to be replaced with Ti or Al

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    New project- Handlebar Bivi Bag

    Thanks. I read that bout the stakes. That's an easy fix. I'm hoping that if I seal the seems and use a ground sheet, it'll keep me dry is most conditions. The weight doesn't seem too bad. Lighter would be nice but I like the idea of a little head room and full enclosure.

    Store here has them for $130. Not bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Cup View Post
    Thanks. I read that bout the stakes. That's an easy fix. I'm hoping that if I seal the seems and use a ground sheet, it'll keep me dry is most conditions. The weight doesn't seem too bad. Lighter would be nice but I like the idea of a little head room and full enclosure.

    Store here has them for $130. Not bad.
    Mine came with the seams already sealed. $130 is a great price, I paid 160 shipped.

    I looked at many models that were lighter but they did not have the features of a head tent and room to move around. I'm 5'9" 190 and need a bit of room.

    The tarp allows me to sit up n bed and cook. Nothing like coffee from bed first thing in the morning.

    Not being sure just how waterproof this bivi is I opted for a syn SB for now.
    I hope to cut some weigh and pack size with a down TQ once I'm sure I can stay dry. With a down TQ I believe I use a 12L drybag.

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    Finished this project.
    I ended up removing the SB and using a 10L Drybag.
    The 15L with SB rolled inside was just too large and it blocked my view of the trail.
    All together would work fine if I mounted the 15L on the rear rack.

    Weight of bag with gnd sheet, air mattress, bivi, poles, stakes, & tarp is #4.3
    add 20oz for a summer TQ which I will carry in a backpack.



    The Jones H bars really works GREAT for this type of mount.




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