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Bilgy vs. Tent vs. Tarp help

Postby fish4gold » Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:56 pm

I have been looking at the idea of using a tarp or tarp + Bivy Combo. I have a bivy, but last spring realized that if I needed to cook in a shelter, or change cloths, I was out of luck. Fortunately the nasty weather wasn't constant so it worked out okay. A tarp would be a lightweight addition to a bivy and could even make a common area between 2 bivys if somebody came with me. But, in looking at tarps, I came across this cool looking thing called a bilgy. See;

http://www.questoutfitters.com/patterns ... ARP%20TENT

It is light but multi-functional. So here are 2 questions that I could really use some help with.
1) has anybody used a Bilgy, and how did it preform in nasty weather?
2) What size of tarp goes good with a bivy (i.e. 3x6, 5x8, 8x10).
I have search past posts, but didn't find the answers I was really looking for. Thanks in advance for any help!!!!



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Re: Bilgy vs. Tent vs. Tarp help

Postby copeg » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:44 pm

No direct experience, but the design looks very similar to the original 'Henry Shires Tarptent'. Its a great design, but like any tarp shelter requires a bit more thought with regards to location, and in my experience wind protection requires proper setup and predictable winds (I've spent my fair share of cold nights from unpredictable winds in shelters like this - but this is more of an issue at high altitudes above treeline)...all this is not direct experience with this shelter though.
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Re: Bilgy vs. Tent vs. Tarp help

Postby freestone » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:02 pm

Looks like it takes a lot of real estate to set up. The pictures of the product are in a city park, not the Sierra, so buyer beware.
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Re: Bilgy vs. Tent vs. Tarp help

Postby fish4gold » Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:13 am

Thank you Copeg and Freestone! I didn't think about wind direction, and I usually am above timberline. I get the feeling that it would be best to do the tarp + Bivy. What size of tarp would be large enough for cooking and cloths changing, but not take up too much real estate? Thanks again!
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Re: Bilgy vs. Tent vs. Tarp help

Postby freestone » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:24 pm

I have never owned a truetarp tent before, but I am intrigued be the rave reviews they receive, notably Tarptent and Gossamer Gear products. I only use one trekking pole so I haven't pulled the trigger on one yet. I go with Hilleberg (Akto) because they are four season, have a pole, and do not need seam sealing, but by today's standards considered old school. I use mine as a tarp tent by removing the inner tent and using only the outer tent and the manufacturer's groundcloth. The Light Heart design looks interesting and Gossamer is coming out with a design that is almost identical in concept, so I think the tarptent concept will continue to evolve for the better.

http://lightheartgear.com/solo.html
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Re: Bilgy vs. Tent vs. Tarp help

Postby copeg » Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:11 am

freestone wrote: I go with Hilleberg (Akto) because they are four season, have a pole, and do not need seam sealing, but by today's standards considered old school.

I love my Akto...a solid tent to say the least.

With a bivy and tarp, I'd say you could go with a fairly small tarp, even perhaps a poncho/tarp to serve a dual purpose (this assuming your bivy is at least water resistant). But this of course depends upon how much room you really want. It can be pitched in all sorts of ways (depending upon the weather) - A frame, lean to, etc... - to suit your needs and having the extra protection from the bivy will help against the 'splash factor' (rain splashing in from underneath). In my experience even a small tarp provides a surprising amount of room underneath if pitched properly, but keep in mind it could require a bit more attendance in changing weather conditions and site selection.
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Re: Bilgy vs. Tent vs. Tarp help

Postby fish4gold » Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:56 pm

Thanks for the help! That Akto is really cool!!!!! But, ouch the price!
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Re: Bilgy vs. Tent vs. Tarp help

Postby rlown » Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:38 pm

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thought i'd add a "cheery" thought on what a tarp can do for you. This was a pic from last sept after hiking through 85 degree temps to get to the site, the weather turned, well, bad. This is the true aspect of a tarp. she's zip tied on the side.

As the snow fell, it compressed enough to dawn a cap with a bill to keep breathing space for us.. two in the tarp.. I like to call it the burrito. 2" that night, so not a blow-out, but we were cozy. 4 buxx.

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