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The big difference seems to be weight vs not having a wet piece of cloth on your face at night. Any preference?
I like having my hooped bivy. Weight seems to be a non-issue unless you're really worried about the extra grams.
And if you buy a hooped bivy and are concerned about weight for a trip you can leave the pole at home. Voila! Instant unhooped bivy!
Hoop if I plan to bivy and no hoop if I’m carrying just in case.
I prefer hooped. Although I use a bivy as my primary shelter most times.
Voting hopped as well.
The only exception is if you expect nice weather, I used to have an unhooped REI sack that had mesh at the face and wasn't bad. If I got stuck in rain I would throw my rain shell over the mesh part.
Vote for the hoop....you will appreciate the extra comfort....have not owned a tent in 30 years just use my bivy and take a lightweight tarp for rain and snow