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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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Backpack Bed

The Backpack Bed by Swags for Homeless is one of the only emergency homeless shelter designs which has gone through to commercial manufacture.

Whilst the company claim that it’s received 5 international design awards I feel like its fundamentally let down by the fact it doesn’t implement any structural poles in its design which means that the user has to find a suitable place to tie the bag up, else it will just lay on top of you.

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Built in roll-mat
  • Quick setup
  • Portable
  • Multi-functional (can be used as wind-break etc)
  • Good visibility when inside
  • Doesn’t look like a ‘tent’ when packed up
  • Built in fly-net
  • Internal compartments
  • Fully Waterproof

Cons

  • Not freestanding
  • Lack of structural supports
  • Stability issues in high winds
  • Exposed entrance
  • Limited space for personal posessions
  • If rolled up wet or in the rain water is kept inside
  • Fixed backpack size means that sleeping bag will have to be packed separate
  • Poor ventilation if not tied up
  • Messy looking if not tied up
  • If not tied up then increase in thermal heat-loss as bag is touching person
  • Increased risk of condensation if not tied up
  • Lack of suitable places to ‘pitch’ it
  • A-frame design is inefficient on space

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