A big turn-off when it comes to bivvy bags is the feeling of claustrophobia – understandable when many are akin to only slightly more respiration-friendly body bags. The Snugpak Stratosphere sidesteps this by featuring two poles around the head area, which make things within much airier. Not only that, but beneath the rainflap at the back is an open vent with a midge net, and the front zip can be opened so you can look out – making this a great option for those who want the pack size and weight of a bivvy but prefer a little more space. This is a really impressive product for the price and weight: coming in at around 1kg – and that’s including a stack of relatively heavy alloy pegs, which you could easily slim down – the packsize is impressively lean. The Snugpak Stratosphere overcomes the usual hurdles of a bivvy in style without breaking the bank (or the back, when carried). If you’re not that charmed by the idea of bivvying, you can get tents for a similar weight that obviously offer more space; but not at this price. Exceptional value for money.
Top fabric 50D nylon
Base fabric 70D nylon taffeta
Packed size 38x14cm
The Snugpak Stratosphere was the best bivvy in our test for affordable comfort.
Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine September 2013