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Army guys...bivy sack question

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Skigirl, Aug 7, 2002.

  1. Skigirl

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    Picked up a bivy sack, trying to figure out how the top part works.
    bivy sack
    Looks like the top flap is set up to be kind of a tent like covering over your head.

    Do the ties at "A" attach to a pole so the flap acts as a windbreak for the side of your head?

    Do short tent stakes go in at "B"? Then at C, those ties and the ties at D also go to a tent stake on either side of the bivy sack??

    Anybody know how this works? /forums/images/icons/confused.gif
     
  2. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    I was in the Army and never saw one of those. What the heck is the purpose? If it's a sleeping thing, that's why I was motorized. I had the back deck to tanks, HMMWV back decks and hoods and if all else failed, my TC's seat along with a poncho liner.
     
  3. Skigirl

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    Well, it's a cover for your sleeping bag. The bottom of it is rubber and waterproof, so it acts like a tent ground cloth. The top half is water repellent, but breathe-able, so condensation doesn't form on the outside of the sleeping bag. So it's like a one man tent, kinda.

    Got it for 2 reasons:

    1) in extremely cold weather, it will act like the outer layer of a multi layer sleeping bag, to provide additional warmth without the condensation problems that occur if you put a space blanket / poncho over or around your sleeping bag

    2) extreme weather bags cost upwards of $250-300 used and are very bulky. I can get the same warmth with a silk liner, fleece liner, bag and bivy, for half the price and half the bulk.

    3) If you were me, you'd have as much survival gear as you could put together. Most of my travel is a misadventure of some sort or another - who knows where I'll wind up /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif I prep for -20 weather.
     
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    Well at least in Barstow you don't have to worry about -20 weather... /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
  5. Skigirl

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    ROTFLMAO!

    Smart a$$ /forums/images/icons/grin.gif /forums/images/icons/grin.gif /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Yeah, Steph beat me to it. Never saw mius 20 when I was stationed there. I also never slept on the ground either. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Link wasn't working for me. May or may not be able to help you out if I could see it. It said "Internal server erroe" and something about webshots.
     
  8. Skigirl

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    Yea, the webshots site has been weird all day for me.

    Let me try it again. Nope, it's bugged. Bummer. It came up once for me, then the next time, got the same server error. Earlier today, when I went to post the shot, the website told me I had NO photos on the site. Tried again, and there they were.
     
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    Link worked for me.

    Sorry, no clue on how to work the bivy sack.

    LMAO on number 3 /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    Sorry, no clue on how to work the bivy sack

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    Well, I guess I could just tie it all around my head /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif
     
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    There you go, that'll work. Problem solved!

    That was easy, give us another one.

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    Everybody's a smarta$$ tonite!!!!! /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
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    Everybody's a smarta$$ tonite!!!!!

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    Yerp- thats what we do here. Pretty golly gosh darn good at it to!

    Takes the edge off the day, ya-know?
     
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    LMAO! /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Not what I've got. Sorry
     
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    Ive gone through some bivy sacks in my day. In fact they have saved me more than once. BUT i have never see one like that. usualy its simple. no pole or a pole. Were the pole goes shoulder to shoulder and keeps the thing off your face. My guess is the B is where the pole goes A is a side protector and attaches to B or the pole straps at D either tie down at A or the steaks to close it off, or you can roll the extra up to have an open face. like this one [​IMG] OR [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks Duke. Saw those pics you posted on another site today, and I think you're right. At B is the only place you could put a pole, but there's no slot at the top of B, like so the pole could cross over the sack and form a structure like you show in the 2nd pic. So, a pole at each slot B, going straight up, then stakes at where A and D could tie.

    Yep, I think you're right! Thank you! /forums/images/icons/grin.gif

    This thing only cost me $5. It's still waterproof on the bottom and resistant on top (tho I just put more waterproofing on the top part). I think it could come in very handy in an emergency.

    I'm going to make some 1/4" aluminum poles to use there, coat the top with that dip plastic stuff so it doesn't pierce the sack, and have about a foot exposed to drive into the ground.
     
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    OK, so now I'm rethinking that. If I put poles in at B, I can't get into the thing without it being a PITA.

    On the other hand, that top part has no waterproofing at all on it, so obviously it isn't supposed to be on the ground. /forums/images/icons/crazy.gif So, instead of poles at the sides, maybe one curved like Duke's pic #2 and it all just ties to that. /forums/images/icons/smile.gif

    Gonna try both. And see what I can do to stop thinking so much /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif
     
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    Can you return it? Cuz I think if I bought something that required this much thinking and is was just a bivy sack I'd be going a bit nuts... /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    And who's to say I haven't already gone? /forums/images/icons/crazy.gif
     

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