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Snugpak Stratosphere Bivi Bag Review

The Snugpak Stratosphere is an ultra-lightweight 1-person bivi-bag system which packs a punch. It’s very easy to set-up and dismantle and packs down very small making it ideal for minimalist hikers and campers.

The obvious downside to the Stratosphere and virtually any other bivi bag design is condensation buildup; this is especially prominent on very cold nights but coupled with a water-resistant sleeping bag you’ll hardly notice it.

Given the price of the Stratosphere, it’s well built, uses high-quality breathable materials and provides adequate shelter in virtually any weather condition.

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Ragnhild Lübbert Terpling Urban Sleeper

The Terpling Urban Sleeper is one of the only fully folding, free standing, self-contained designs currently in existence.

Its convenient design allows for the unit to be packed up within a matter of seconds if required.

The structural poles for the design are built in and none-removable but I can’t help but feel that there would be more structural integrity if the poles were angled and met at the top of the frame.

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Freestanding
  • Large front opening
  • No assembly required
  • Contained structural elements
  • Fully Waterproof
  • Design allows for excess water to drip off naturally. Plenty of ventilation will prevent mildew forming.

Cons

  • Due to folding design it’s harder to build in a roll mat
  • Limited visibility top and behind
  • Lack of ventilation
  • Hot in summer
  • Could collapse (domino effect) under high winds/rain
  • Not kept taught length ways
  • No mosquito nets

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