There’s a lot to be said for simplicity, and the single-hooped bivvy is a classic of design in the outdoor kit world. The British-made Terra Nova Jupiter – one of the more venerable designs in the bivvy world – is designed to be a no-fuss, super-quick shelter for backpackers. It’s made of premium Gore-Tex FLO2, which accounts for the big price hike here over other products. The quality is immediately apparent: seams are precision-engineered, everything feels lightweight and possessive of quality components yet robust, and it all goes together very easily. It’s had some good thought go into it, too. The midge net is on the outside of the bag, so you can open the door for ventilation without letting any of the little blighters in (clever – nice to see a brand in touch with the realities of the Scottish midge season). It’s more breathable than the cheaper products featured in our review, and can be washed in the same manner as a waterproof jacket to rejuvenate its DWR coating, which is very useful and bodes well for longevity. That’s a big price, though; and only those committed few who have tried every avenue and really know bivvying is for them should fork out this kind of money.
Top fabric Gore-Tex FLO2
Base fabric nylon
Packed size 45x12cm
The Terra Nova Jupiter was the best bivvy in our test for classic quality.
Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine September 2013