The Snugpak Stratosphere bivvi shelter is a one-man bivvi but also has the features of a small one-man tent. It is extremely light, weighing only 1.13kgs, and very easy to erect – it took me under a minute to put it together.

Once the shelter is together, it is quite spacious inside around the head area. There is room for a small day pack and, obviously, your weapon. There is also an overhead zip pocket for storage. Anybody who is familiar with a standard-issue army bivvi will know that it is literally a cover over your head, but the Stratosphere is different. It actually feels like a tent, which is a luxury when deployed or on exercise.

Most of the time you would only be throwing a bivvi up for a few quick hours rest, if you’re lucky, and this is perfect for that purpose. The Stratosphere is waterproof and provides good shelter from the rain. There is also a mosquito net in front of the hood and a meshed ventilation section at back. When the bivvi is ready to be packed away it comes with its own stuff sack.

SnugPak Stratosphere Bivvi Shelter Review
SnugPak Stratosphere Bivvi Shelter

 

Overall the Snugpak Stratosphere is a great alternative to the standard-issue bivvi. It is light, small, keeps you dry, and packs away and assembles easily.

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Specs from the manufacturer

  • PACK WEIGHT: 1.13kg (including pegs)
  • DIMENSIONS: 230cm(L) x 106cm(W) x 49cm(H)
  • PACK SIZE: 31cm(L) x 14cm(W)
  • ORIGIN: Imported
  • SEASONS: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Features

  • Zip: Full length side zip
  • Fabric Outer: 50D Nylon Rip stop (5000mm HH)
  • Highly Breathable (5000g/ m2 Moisture Permeability)
  • Fabric Bottom: 70D Nylon Taffeta with PU coating (8000mm HH)
  • Poles: 8.5 mm Aluminium (Outside diameter) with screw lock tip
  • Seams are waterproof and taped
  • Ultra compact 1 Person shelter
  • Stands up to severe weather
  • Makes sure you stay dry
  • Small Pack size
  • Ultralight alloy pegs

Price: $147 available on Amazon!