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Utility Tent / Tarp Reviews: Snugpak Stratosphere

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1 Reviews of the Snugpak Stratosphere

By: Caligula  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

A one man hooped bivvi.

A first impressions and first useage review.

I won't repeat all the information (or too much of it) that can be found all over You Tube, but suffice it to say, that this is a side entrance hooped bivvy as opposed to top loaders which are to my mind , an unnecessary faff to get in or out.Well in.

The only other commonly available alternative (side loader) seemed to be the Alpkit Elan, but that is slightly smaller in dimensions, but much more keenly priced. I will say now, certainly as listed on Snugpaks site, that I think The Stratosphere is overpriced, although not horribly so? It is available much more cheaply elsewhere.

It seems robust enough, although I can't comment on the waterproofness in extended rain; I have only experienced a light shower and it was fine, but I have seen one video where it seemed perfectly dry after a substantial hosing, and another where it definitely leaked significantly in hard rain of several hours. Do not confuse this with condensation. In the conditions (mild breezy winter) I used mine initially, I had no issues at all with condensation, but I can foresee times or occasions when one would.

The bivvy has 2 mesh covered ventilation panels of good size, one behind the head and one in front of your face. If it rains too hard, the bag front (the back is covered with a pegged out flap) can be zipped up with the outer cover/hood.

The outer body cover does not allow a huge amount of space for the.More rotund. But more apparently than the Elan? I am fairly broad, and could roll over ok.But ok, not fine? Nor is it particularly wide down to the feet. Not being too saggy, it encourages the rain NOT to pool, which is a good thing. As in everything it's a compromise? The hooded area has a small net above, which is zipped, for all the little important bits and pieces you may have. All the zips worked fine and as said earlier, access/egress is a 3/4 zip along the right hand side. Makes life a whole load easier.On that subject, all the zips worked fine.

The whole bag packs away into a commendable stuff sack and is very small and light, about a1kg

I think this would work well (for me at least) for lightweight impromptu or stealth camps in the summer. Some take tarps to provide a dry admin/dressing area, For don't forget that unless you are short enough, your rucksack stays outside. Using a tarp may well be a useful addition in wetter conditions, but doing so when not needed, seems to me to detract from the reasons to use a bivvy in the first place.Being as compact and light as can be?

And bivvies are just the BEST for star or sky or tree gazing. The best.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Snugpak Stratosphere is an easily pitched, classic bivvi shelter with a self-supporting canopy around the head and shoulders, which allows increased breathability and movement while giving protection from the elements. The entry features a No-See-Um Mesh Mosquito Net, which can be rolled away when not in use, and a 3/4 length side zip for easy access. There is also a mesh covered vent behind the head area for improved air circulation.

It is a lightweight, single skin design which is waterproof, breathable and will protect you from the elements. It is made out of an impressive 5000mm hydrostatic head (HH) waterproof PU coated flysheet, with taped seams, aluminium poles and an 8000mm (HH) waterproof PU coated bathtub style groundsheet. When packed into its compression sack (including tent stakes) it only weighs 1.1kg/2.2lbs. The Stratosphere is ideal to use when lightweight and small pack size are essential.

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