I’m hosting my first Guest Post Gear Review! For this test, I braved a late fall rainstorm in the bivvy with nothing more than my clothes and a hooded sweater – standard hiking gear for me. I’ve also put in a Sierra Designs Zissou 6°F bag. That’s where the SOL Emergency Bivvy comes in. I had tried using a space blanket as a liner, but the condensation was such that I woke up soaked. The Escape isn't suited for long expeditions or sleeping in snow caves unless you have tigers blood flowing through your veins; instead, it fills a niche for lightweight, durable warmth for ultralight endeavors. This unique material rings in at 2.45 oz per yard, resulting in a 8.36 oz bivy, including its stuff sack. The bag is made from polyethylene, which has some stretch, so unlike your foil blanket, it shouldn’t rip when you’re getting in and out. The product is meant to be an emergency bivvy. And despite my many complaints, I will likely get some use out of the Escape Lite Bivy as a sleeping bag liner. Tagged With: Adventure Medical Kit, AMK, Bivvy, gear, gear review, Sleeping Bag, survival. Earlier emergency bivvys would fall apart in the time you suggested. What else makes Sol Bivvy different from the average sleeping bag? I might have to get one myself that I can use in combination with my new down quilt. Yeah, I guess I never really considered using it as an add-on to your sleeping bag for wind protection and added heat. The great paradox of backpacking gear has always been the balance between weight, comfort and durability; comfort and durability often equal bulk and weight, while a lack of weight and bulk often result in the sacrifice of comfort and durability. The quilt barely weighs 1.5lbs and is supposed to be good to 20 degrees. Enrico: The benefit of putting your sleeping bag inside the SOL bivy is it provides some weather and moisture protection for your sleeping bag. Using a heating system in your home is very important during the winter season. Diving into it a bit I quickly found that I was wrong. But as an emergency piece of kit, it beats the old foil blanket hands down, and at £17, it’s an insurance policy you can’t afford not to take. This is a great relatively-low cost way to extend the season of your bag without dropping a lot of cash on a another bag. ← Why You Should Invest in the Outdoor Gear You Love. We are interested to hear your experience with the SOL Escape Bivvy, and maybe you have a few tips for Paul before he heads out on his survival trip with this piece of gear. Got feedback? This fabric is much stronger. The Escape Bivvy was donated for review by AMK. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. The interior metallized coating seems to also have a ripstop structure to it from close ups I have seen of the fabric. The Sol Bivvy is no ordinary sleeping bag. Choose your hiking companions wisely!). I slid The North Face Cat’s Meow sleeping bag into the SOL Escape Bivvy and slithered inside, zipping up my sleeping bag and the SOL Escape Bivvy once I was all snuggled inside. It's important to note that universally, all of the models we tested ended up collecting condensation on the inside of the bag. In conclusion, the SOL escape Lite Bivvy doesn’t live up to its potential. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The metalized spun-bonded olefin (which sounds like a folk band turned metal) performed nearly as well as the ultimately waterproof OR Alpine Bivy, which is impressive. I always just imagined it as an emergency piece. External links to Amazon, REI, Backcountry and other retailers include affiliate codes that give us a small commission on each sale.