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HighlandSC

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HighlandSC says:

Bothy Bag/Shelter (2 person) - which to buy

Hi all, I'm going to get one but unsure which to pick. Being the novice I am I'd appreciate some pointers on what features you like/dislike about them. I'm looking at the 3 detailed below (all 2 person size):

Terra Nova – Bothy 2 (360g)  Approx £40
www.terra-nova.co.uk/Product_Type/Tents/Bivi__Bothy_Bags/Bothy_2_Orange.html
Durable Waterproof Seats
Packed Size: 22x11.5cm
Person: 2
Roof Attachment Fits a Walking Pole Providing Support
User range: Emergengy Shelter for all Outdoor Activities
Warm and Windproof Shelter
Weight: 360g


Vango - Storm Shelter 200 (450g)  Approx £30
www.vango.co.uk/products/tentsinfo.aspx     
Capacity: 2 people
Total Weight: 0.45Kg
Pack Size: 18x12cm


Lifesystems - Bothy 2 (350g)  Approx £35
www.lifesystems.co.uk/psec/mountain_survival/bothy_2.htm
A lightweight 2 person survival bothy for emergency protection from the elements.

Features:
• SPU 66 Silicon-coated ripstop Nylon fabric
• Lightweight design with windows and air vent
• Reflective top strips for added visibility
• Designed for 2 persons

Dimensions: 1.54 m x 1.54 m x 1.20 m.
Weight: 350 g.
 

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mountainmachine

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Re: Bothy Bag/Shelter (2 person) - which to buy

price diffrences?

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” Edmund Hillary
HighlandSC

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HighlandSC says:

Re: Bothy Bag/Shelter (2 person) - which to buy

Original post updated with prices. They are all £30 - £40.

 

John Flanagan

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Re: Bothy Bag/Shelter (2 person) - which to buy

Do you really need one?  Its not something I carry - just good quality waterproofs and an insultated layer (or three) if its cold, as well as a £2 plastic orange survival bag from any outdoor shop.

mountainmachine

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Re: Bothy Bag/Shelter (2 person) - which to buy

It is a great bit of kit to keep you comfy when having lunch etc in miserable conditions, never mind safe.  Instantly gets you out the elements and gives you a dry/warm place to sort your kit, regroup or let some weather pass you by.

I use my 2 man one rarely, but my group one 9-12 man was used about once a week in every condition.  And had been being used by other instructors for around 10-15 years on a weekly basis. It was a big Field and Trek one.

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” Edmund Hillary
janso100

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janso100 says:

Re: Bothy Bag/Shelter (2 person) - which to buy

i find they get bloody hot. Even in the snow of feb this year i climbed out of it soon after gettin in with others. Shows it does what it says on the tin though:-)

Work just gets in the way
cozy

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cozy says:

Re: Bothy Bag/Shelter (2 person) - which to buy

Hi highland.

As mountain machine said, great bit of kit and i never leave for the hills without one

I've got the vango 2 man and force ten 1 man and then i have two outdoor designs two man bothy bags, one of which is a delux model that can have two poles insersted in it for stability, although its a different shape to most bothy bags and a bit of a faff getting in and out of it, the other outdoor designs one i got with a subscription to trail. The best ones in my opinion is the vango 2 man and the force ten one man (basically a vango one),  they both have waterproof seats like the terra nova and the two man is a tenner cheaper

What i would like to see though is bothy bags made of colours that blend in with the surrounding, as the brightly coloured ones are ok if you want people to see you but sometimes they come in handy for a bit of lunch tucked away somewhere quiet and the last thing you want is someone to think your in an emergency situation and come running to rescue or help you, i'm well surprised the Army have not utilised this bit of equipment yet and made a camo version.

Anyway i'd get the vango one

edit - Went off and googled camo bothy bags and found these

www.outdoorstore.co.uk/products/survivalshelters.asp

Now got to see if mrscozy will let me buy another one

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