The Wild Things Lightweight Bivy Shelter is an alpine-style shelter that a group of up to four could pull over their heads to hunker down against a storm or strong winds, or that an injured skier or climber could use as an emergency shelter to conserve warmth.
Unique to Wild Things’ implementation is the use of super-light Cuben fiber-reinforced spinnaker fabric, bringing the weight of the shelter to a scant 3.8 ounces (108 grams), and allowing it to pack into a fist-sized ball.
Construction is simple – the shelter is essentially a large bag to pull over occupants, with a single vent opening and four small cord loops sewn into the bottom perimeter of the shelter for anchoring. I noted that the vent was not completely sealable, and that the loops appeared big enough for a pole, stake or cord, but not skis or ice tools; however, the design is still being refined.
Though the price will give some pause, the Lightweight Bivy Shelter’s minimal packed size and weight make it a very appealing addition to the winter emergency shelter arena.
Specifications and Features
- Manufacturer: Wild Things
- Fabrics: Cuben
- Weight: 3.8 ounces (108 grams)
- MSRP: $225
- Available: Summer, 2007
Note: Wild Things also makes a $150 blaze orange Silnylon Bivy Shelter that’s slightly larger, has a tunnel vent with mesh and drawcord, and weighs in at 13 ounces (369 grams).