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Bivy sack: hooped or unhooped?

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El Duderino · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 70

The big difference seems to be weight vs not having a wet piece of cloth on your face at night.  Any preference?

Matthew Tangeman · · Bellingham, WA · Joined May 2015 · Points: 170

I like having my hooped bivy. Weight seems to be a non-issue unless you're really worried about the extra grams.

Gavin W · · Langley, BC · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 181

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!

wisam · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 60

Hoop if I plan to bivy and no hoop if I’m carrying just in case. 

Drew L · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 0

I prefer hooped. Although I use a bivy as my primary shelter most times.

abandon moderation · · Tahoe · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 118

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. 

Tony K · · Pa · Joined May 2017 · Points: 0

Vote for the 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 

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