I was needing to keep my pack real light so I used a base layer of capiline or thermax for warmth because I could use that during the day too if I needed to. I also had a fleece hoodie available. One thing about those little one-man bivys is that the fly will hold in a lot of heat. I was very comfortable.
I use a North Face Quartz 22 tent. Its nice an lite at 4 lb and gives you a little more room than a bivy. You can fit two in but it's a little snug. I looked at the bizy to use but didn't think I could handle being strapped in that tight plus you have no where to store your gear if the weather is bad.
Location: From Grand Junction CO, stationed in Arizona
For my “Bivy” hunts here is my list.
1. Is my can’t live without Eberlestock just one backpack with the supper spike duffel and water blader.
2. Marmot Hydrogen sleeping bag
3. Coleman Avior x2 tent
4. Them-a-rest z-lite sleeping pad
5. Energizer head lamp
6. Snow peak Titanium cookware and stove kit
7. Katadyn vario water microfilter or 3 liters of water per day
8. MREs to eat
10. Hunting gear (bow or rifle)
Depending on how many days I’m gone my pack could be up to 75 lbs. Depending on the area you go into and the water availability there you can lighten the load considerably by using the water micro-filter instead of packing in tons of water.
There it sits. Alone and forgotten in a desk drawer or maybe in the bottom of your hunting pack. The lowly compass. Primarily initially replaced by the hand held GPS and now even by the new “smart” cell phones that include GPS, electronic compass – even real time imaging on aerial maps! Once the friend of every hunter and now the companion of few. It is not glamorous or glitzy, that is for sure… no bells and no whistles. Aaaaah, but let’s not rush to forget our...