Bivy for a tall guy.

Swedge has gotten me interested in some overnight tripping. Anyone know of a bivy tent for a 6’6" guy?

I do not know what a bivy tent is

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but outdoor research has some intreesting tarp tents, Kifaru has some lightweight silnylon single layer tents and I cannot find a bivy to fit you

chect out some of the golite stuff ultralite versatile and not so costly.

probably not what you are looking
for but do look at the Hilleberg BivAnorak…I’ve carried on at least 200 hikes and paddle trips believing that one should have expedient shelter whenever/wherever and it doubles as a heck of a cagoule…pricey of course like anything Hilleberg (also have their Akto) but excellent products…

Bivy Tent?
I have heard of Bivy Sacs and Tents, but no Bivy tent.

As another poster suggested, Outdoor Research is the king for bivy’s and they have several that are 84" long. Slighty tight for a 6’ 6" guy (you and me both) but at 84" you would fit.

I travel with a Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight or this one, the Lightyear.

I love my Clip Flashlight. Super small and light. Without the rain fly it is nice and airy.


Lot’s of choices
Integral Designs - has lots of choices for bivy (one man) tents, most as hooped bivy’s. They also have a nice thing called a SilShelter that is a great 2+ man shaped-tarp for the weight of a superlight bivy. Get the bug-screen insert if you are going out during bug season.

Black Diamond makes for great ultra-bivys and tents that I also own and love.

Good Luck!

Hilleberg Akto
Hi - I’ve got one of these:

Great tent - very tough, very nice, and very compact. Fits nicely in even my tiny Santee 116 - you should fit in it, but it may be a bit tight.

check this out
go to and look at the JUNGLE HAMMOCK & FLY.

It can be used on the ground as a bivvy or strung off the ground as a hammock. It is light, small, big and roomy, well-designed, and (MHO) the perfect kayak camping shelter.

Second the Integral Designs bivys…
I’ve had the Salathe model (which comes in a long for folks up to 6’-7") for several years. Much prefer it to the Outdoor Research models, mainly because of its entry design.

Wouldn’t want to use any model during bug season or in a campground but, short of that, this bivy combined with a small tarp is my favorite shelter.


If you want bang for the buck
You can always go with the Eureka Spitfire.

Its a two hoop bivy style tent. nice and light, quite well put together, and costs a reasonable amount via ebay (usually you can find em new for 75 shipped)

Hennesey Hammock
I don’t have one - just heard tons about it. Checked out their site last night at and saw they have many sizes and variations depending on what you want.

This design has gotten “Product of the Year” awards and looks nice so may buy one.

And just in case you are wondering, no, I am not affiliated with this product or company.

I hope to take one to Delmarva next year as they have lots of trees too.


Bivy Tents
A Bivy Tent may be little more than a marketing term but normally it means a tent too low to sit up in but large enough to allow the user to prop themselves up on their elbows without touching the material of the tent. A fully hooped bivy meets these specs as do many very low ultralight-one-man-tent designs.

The Intergral Designs Unishelter is a classic example of a “Bivy Tent”. I use a bivy tent with a tarp outside of bug season and find that it gives me greater flexibility of applications than a typical light-weight tent. Bivy’s tend to be a bit warmer than tents since there is less air-volume to maintain.

If I get one I’ll have a Tilley and a
Hennessey and be a total pariah.Works for me.

I don’t use my bivy much anymore…
only for ultra light packing…tent has more uses and is much more comfortable in different conditions…

Bivy Sacs and tents

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Basically Bivy Sacs and bivy tents slide over your mummy style sleeping bag. They are warm, light (my sac is about 1 pound), set up/break down really fast, but are small. Good from cool to moderately cold weather backpacking. But generally not for winter type expiditions. When warm weather is expected you can just lie out under the stars, and slip on the bivy sac if it gets cold or looks like a rain may blow in. I wouldn't use one when lots of rain is expected, since all you can do is lie down in them. I have used a bivy sac for years, backpacking the Sierras in the late spring thru the late summer. It really does increase the cold temperature rating of your bag. I'm 6-4, and have an extra long sleeping bag, as well as an extra long bivy sac. I never use it car camping, and for canoe/kayaking trips it seems a little extreme. Although a solo paddle trip in Canada might fit the bill.
Here's some more from the REI link:
Any that fit over your mummy bag will fit you. Also, not all extra long mummy bags are sized for 6-6. Most are sized for 6-4. Keep a close eye on that too.
What kind of camping are you thinking of. Besides REI, Campmor sells a ton of tents, but you can find tents at every sporting goods store in town, as well as Sears, Kmart, Walmart, and Target. A good sturdy free standing dome tent like this REI for about $130 and breaks down nice might fit the bill,
And this Kelty for $130 which is four man looks good for car camping, but might be too big for kayaking with two people.
Happy Camping

Cabela’s Predator Bivy
If I remember correctly the dimensions are about 108" by 32". My head touches the top sitting and I’m 5’9.

The arch pole seems a little weak I’ve broken it a few times, and it does sweat some since there are no vents high up, but I’m happy with mine. It packs to about 6" x 14". The fly is removable and can be almost totally removed/replaced reaching thru the dual doors.

Good Luck