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Sol Escape Lite Bivvy – Product Review

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Sol Escape Lite Bivvy ensures critical warmth and surface protection in outdoor emergency situations. Photo by S.B. Patlan.

In the wild with the Sol Escape Lite Bivvy If you are sleeping in a bivvy, chances are your day did not go as planned. Often overlooked as a part of the 10 Essentials, a lite bivvy or emergency shelter is crucial for staying warm, dry, and comfortable. Well, as comfortable as you can be when you using an emergency bivvy.

Sol’s Escape Lite Bivvy not only serves as a means to protect you from the elements when caught in a tough situation, but can also be used as a liner to give you a few extra degrees if you are unprepared for cold weather.

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The compact and lightweight Sol Escape Lite Bivvy is the perfect emergency shelter for the outdoor minimalist. Photo by Kelley Goetz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was surprised to find how well my sleeping bag fit into the bivvy which measures 32″ x 82″.  It would definitely work well as rain protection in case of wet conditions or as a minimalist ultra-light summer bag. There is the inevitable crinkly noise if you move around so if you are a light sleeper looking for the extra warmth, you are better off using a sleeping bag liner.

Sol’s Escape Lite Bivvy is constructed with proprietary Escape fabric and weighs  only 5.5 oz.  The proprietary fabric lets moisture escape at the same time that it keeps rain, snow, and wind on the outside – all while reflecting 70% of your body heat back to you for warmth.

Overall, the bivvy is small, light-weight, and easily fits into a small cranny of your backpack. If you are in a bind or sleeping outside without a sleeping pad, this will do a good job keeping your sleeping bag dry and clean but if you’re like me and dislike the extra noise, you’ll prefer the sleeping bag liner. While you can’t always bank on good weather, you can always fall back on good planning.

 

Sol Escape Lite Bivvy

$40
Sol Escape Lite Bivvy
9.5

Water Resistant

10/10

    Portability

    10/10

      Thermal Features

      9/10

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Packability
        • Added Warmth

        Cons

        • Noisy

        Kelley is a Seattle-area native and is no stranger to the wilderness and outdoor adventures. She teaches mountaineering at a local non-profit and is Wilderness First Aid certified. Her adventures include summiting Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, and several other peaks in the Cascade Range. When not playing in the outdoors, Kelley enjoys reading, tasting champagne, baking, and dreaming of her future garden. 

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