Our Breeze Mesh Bivy is the perfect one-person ultralight shelter when paired with a lightweight backpacking tarp, such as our Sanctuary Siltarp (sold separately). The mesh canopy provides a layer of defense against pesky insects and critters, while the 9-inch tub style floor will keep you and your gear dry during even the wettest storms. While the sides are mesh, the front and back are made from solid rip-stop nylon, providing good wind protection and privacy.
Use just the Breeze Mesh Bivy on clear days for great ventilation and an incredible way to experience a night in the outdoors. When inclement weather approaches, pitch the Sanctuary Siltarp over the bivy to provide the needed protection from wind and rain. The Breeze Mesh Bivy and our tapered 10 x 7/5 foot Sanctuary Siltarp combine to just 23 ounces, making this combo one of the best values in ultralight shelters.
Please note that additional supports will be needed to pitch the Breeze Mesh Bivy. Use nearby trees, our adjustable tarp poles (sold separately), or your favorite trekking poles as potential supports.
I love camping in the desert and don't often need a tent for protection from the elements. But there are always creepy crawlers wandering around at night. And I hate waking up to them walking across my chest or face, or wedged under me. In my younger adult years I was okay with the occasional sting/bite, but eventually shifted to a tent. Just like a shark cage lets you be safely in the water with danger, the Breeze mesh bivy keeps creepy crawlers and fliers off you during the night.
Mine with bivy, stakes, bag, and small homemade footprint comes in at 18 oz, which is hard to beat especially at $70. And it takes so little space. Once you set it up the first time in your yard/park and get the guy lines cut to the right length and everything dialed in, its easy to set up. The second set up time for me was about 2 min. I suggest putting a sit pad or 1x2ft piece of tyvek/plastic next to the bivy to step on when getting in/out and shoes on/off to keep dirt out. Try it, you'll like it.
I purchased this a couple of years ago and never got around to trying it out. Took it to the back country last weekend and am sold! Quick and easy to set up, nice small foot print allowing it to be set up almost anywhere and best of all, I could watch the evening approach, stars come out and NO mosquitos, at least indoors. Set up and take down quick! Good work Paria, as with all the other gear I've got of yours.
Works well if its not raining but getting in and out with a rainfly over head is difficult. You need a lot of cord to keep bug net from touching your face
String for rigline atachment / suspenssion system was to narrow.
Getting into the bivy is a lot easier than expected - I wasn't sure about the ridgeline zip at first, but the line tensioners make it so you can crawl into the bivy when it's lying flat, then tension the lines once you're in. You can rig with a tautline hitch if you want to use a different size cordage or are super concerned with plastic pieces failing. I don't see them breaking anytime soon, though.