Outdoor Research Bug Bivy
Sure, sleeping under the stars on a clear, warm night sounds ideal. Unless you’re in, say, the desert of northeastern Arizona, where scorpions roam, or the verdant forests of northern Quebec during mosquito season. Outdoor Research’s Bug Bivvy keeps insects at bay, using a full-body mesh cover elevated off your face by a single well-placed pole. Even when dangerous bugs aren’t really a factor, the Bug Bivy ensures peace of mind for backcountry campers easing into sleeping sans tent. The entire thing weighs only 16 ounces and fits all standard camping mattresses.
Pro tip: The floor of the Bug Bivy is water-resistant, and keeps late night frost or early morning dew from soaking through your bag as you sleep. [$80; outdoorresearch.com]
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