Not strictly designed to be used outdoors – that is, outside of a more structured shelter or at the very least a tarp – the PHD Sleeping Bag Cover will at just 165g nonetheless appeal to minimalists who are happy to save weight and tolerate a certain lack of, how shall we say, finesse. This is a quality product (everything PHD produces has this in common) that’s made of a windproof and highly water-resistant material, which will keep off chill and a certain amount of rain. However, it isn’t in itself considered waterproof as it lacks taped seams, so when and where to use this will be a matter of experience. The hood is voluminous and has a drawstring, so you can get pretty snug in there, and the instant ‘microclimate’ effect – similar to the effect of getting into an emergency storm shelter – is pretty dramatic. But the PHD Sleeping Bag Cover is one for summer nights in the hills rather than autumn downpours.
Top fabric Drishell
Base fabric Drishell
Packed size 17x9cm (approx)
The PHD Sleeping Bag Cover was the best bivvy in our test for minimalists.
Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine September 2013