hey there folks Luke here with the Outrigger review I hope you're all doing well today for this episode we are taking a look at the Outdoor Research advanced bivy it has two poles highly compressible lightweight breathable bug protection go ahead get comfortable let's take a look at it now now before I unroll the bivi I'm gonna go ahead and throw down a piece of plastic here just to protect it from the elements I do this with all of my gear it doesn't matter if it's a bivy a tent a tarp whatever I always protect my gear to the extreme because I love every single piece of it well go ahead and take everything out of this stuff sack now with this biggie there's a number of different ways that you can set it up you can use the two poles that come with it you can tie it off to a tree whatever you want to do you don't have to use the poles at all it like I said it really is however you want to set it up there's multiple ways with the two poles you have one pole that is longer and one pole that is a tad shorter along with the two poles you will get these five pole ends with snap fittings on them alright my friends well we have the bivi set up it's ready to rock and roll now there are a couple things that I want to point out I've gone ahead and inserted all the poles there's two the longer pole goes on the inside the shorter pole goes on the outside the second thing is is that I am using tent stakes to stake this Biffy out and that's because I don't have my sleeping pad inside of it I don't have my sleeping bag inside of it so these stakes are really just to kind of hold it into place while I show it off you could definitely stake it out you don't have to stake it out in extreme weather when it's really really windy I tend to do so now this thing has a lot of really cool features that I like about it I like the fact that you can stake it out like this I also like the fact that on the top here you don't have to use the poles if you don't want to you do have these loops right here so you can guy line this thing out you can lay underneath the tree tie these off to a couple branches whatever you want to do and it works just fine you could save yourself a little bit of weight right below this flap where you have your zipper I'll level it so you can see it you can see the zipper through here this flap gives it protection you have a two-way zipper and when you have it unzipped you can open it up just like so and this is where you are going to be this where your heads going to be you have a bub mesh which you can zip in or zip out just like that so you can have full bug protection I am definitely a fan of Vivi's but not all biddies have bug netting in them this one does it really does work well if you're not going to use the bug netting you could just roll it up have it to one side you can just about take it off completely right here at the top of the bivi you do have this mesh zippered pocket so you can stick your phone in there whatever you want to something that you don't want to have floating around inside of your Bibby now right here in the middle you can see this velcro strap and that's so you could put down your sleeping pad and then cinch that down to hold it into place so as you toss and turn all night long nothing sliding around nothing's going crazy it's a really cool feature you also have another one further down that is what the inside of this Bibby looks like very spacious as you can tell it's huge I'll go ahead and hop inside of this thing now so you guys can see just how spacious it really is this is a one size fits all Bibby it really is large it's big enough for me that I could put my package side of this as well use it as a pillow oh yeah I mean it's absolutely humongous lots of space for you your gear and so on one important thing to mention about this vivvy is that it is so large in fact that it can hold the largest sleeping bag out there so if you're in extremely cold temperatures and you have a very lofty sleeping bag you don't have to worry because it's going to fit a lot of biddies out there are really really tight this one is not so you can easily lay down inside of this you can have your pillow it's getting buggy so it will zip it up now one thing that I really like with this mesh netting is that the fabric that's around it is green it's high visibility so even when it's really dark you could see it we're now looking at the foot box at the bivi and you can see here you have the outdoor ORV search logo right below that is a really neat feature here you have a vent for the foot box and it has some mesh on the inside so you have bug protection but you can also release some air some moisture that's a really nice feature so when it comes to the advanced bivy let's go over some of the stats here this is a one size fits all and the measurements are 87 inches long from head to toe it is 26 inches wide at the top and 20 inches wide down at the bottom now when it comes to the materials you are looking at gore-tex three layer gore-tex so it's waterproof its breathable and it does a good job at both I've used this in the rain multiple times and stayed 100% dry when it comes to condensation I've never had a bivy not condensate when it's extremely wet and extremely warm outside this one's no different it was kept to a minimum but there was some condensation very typical for a bivy in such mild conditions such high humidity very warm temps so I really cannot complain there at all in the morning time I would wake up and I would just be the slightest bit damp so really it does work well I've used other Vivi's where I've woken up in the same sort of conditions and been soaking wet having a sleeping bag being soaked and everything else so yes this is a good performer there's only one color available this one right here this is mojo blue with gray accents I like it personally it's not super bright it's not yellow it's not red it's a good color combination all of the seams are taped it weighs 39 ounces so it's not super heavy by any means but this is a four season vivy so you could use this in the spring the summer the fall and the winter in the snow in the cold temperatures this bivy is really going to excel because it has so much space in it you're going to be able to use the largest sleeping bag out there an insulated pad you're going to be able to keep it cracked open for some airflow it's really going to perform well in those conditions when it comes to price it's not cheap this is three hundred and twenty dollars now when you're talking about gore-tex material that's pretty darn fair you know if you think about it it's actually a very good deal because your typical gore-tex jacket is going to be a couple hundred bucks you can imagine how much more gore-tex it takes to make this bivy than your jacket so you start putting that together and it's a fair price you can look around and find these for around $200 I've seen those prices at the time of filming now I've already touched upon some of my experiences with this Bibby so far and I'll expand upon that I do like the fact that there's a pocket on the inside I could just stick my phone in it most Vivi's do not have pockets and by the time you wake up your phone's down by your feet or something like that it's underneath your pad so it's a nice feature the bug netting is also nice I like the fact that there's so many different ways that you can set up this bivy you do not have to use those poles and I like that because personally I'd rather leave the poles behind I'll sleep right next to a tree tie it off and it works very well and I'm also saving on some weight the poles themselves seems sturdy so far they're definitely not the strongest poles out there but I have no complaints as of yet I think for summertime use this Bibby may be a little bit overkill you can definitely go lighter weight but yet it has all the bells and whistles out there without a doubt wintertime is when this thing is going to shine and I'm looking forward to using it in a good old fashioned snow storm another feature that I really like about this Bibby is that it has a foot box vent so in the summertime you want a little bit air you can unzip that or in the wintertime you can release some of the moisture and prevent that from building up and freezing on the inside of your bippy one negative that I have so far sinners around the storage sack the stuff sack this thing is tight on the best of conditions and when you have plenty of time and I have all your dexterity you can roll this thing up tight enough to stick it inside of here when it's really cold when this thing is covered in ice and your you know your dexterity is kind of slow kind of low man I don't know how easy it is going to be to put it inside of this stuff sack this is very very tight I will likely replace this with maybe a Cuban fiber stuff sack something larger that would be my suggestion I'm trying to roll this up here I guess I didn't get it quite tight enough and you can see just how tight this stuff sack is being given a small stuff sack is almost as bad as not being given one at all just barely got that thing in there so my friends for our look at the Outdoor Research advanced vivvy that's pretty much it if you guys have any questions for me please feel free to drop me a line let me know I will see you guys around strengthen honor be well

Very Expensive! – Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy

31 thoughts on “Very Expensive! – Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy

  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Luke, I really like you videos and have been watching (enjoying) them for years. I have one criticism only, hopefully constructive.
    METRIC measures! Include them, PLEASE!
    Not everyone lives in the U.S. and everyone else uses Metric measures. You're limiting your audience appeal quite unnecessarily.
    I hope this helps.
    Cheers, and keep up the great videos. Thanks

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    When are you going to make a snow vid with this??

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Could you review the OR bug bivy?

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    great guy! I have a thermarest therm max Large (63cm: 25 inches). do you think it's possible to use it (at the bottom)???

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    I use the Aurora bivy and have no problem stuffing or rolling & stuffing the bivy into the included sack. The differences are it doesn't have poles, a mesh footbox or the interior straps; it is 3" shorter and is 1/2 the price. They don't make the Aurora anymore but it is very similar to the Alpine bivy without the poles. The only change I would have made would have been to make the zipper on one side about 18" longer for ease of entry/exit.
    I stake mine down because even with the bag and pad in it, the wind can pick it up really easy.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Hey friend….I am 6'04 tall….. will I fit somehow?

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Very Nice. Thank You! Agree on the stuff sack… Geez

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Footbox vent should be in all bivys. I also like that this is white on the inside. Makes finding stuff easier. I found that I have piles of 'stuff' inside my bicy, glasses, camera, journal, water bottle… Personally I think Bivys need more room above your head and to the sides if possible; pockets, or I have to figure out how to use stuff sacks, with one stiff or hard to protect eye glasses, phone) Condensation is going to be a problem with any inclosed volume (goretex or no). Every 3 season tent is basically a rainfly with as much open mesh as possible. That I think, is the chief difference between a bivy and a tent: a bivy should be a lot warmer. My Minimalist Bivy, no condensation problems, but there're are no poles no volume, mesh on my face…. It's almost as though we just want a mesh bubble around our heads, everything else slack and a rain fly over the mesh…. (My minimalist: no rain protection, but I've been in rain. You just twist it sideways away from the rain. Effective enough…. (I guess I've just said No condensation but I've poured water out of it. ) As a bivy-ist, what I like about the OR bivys, is that you can pivot the pole(s) and have the mesh bubble if there's no rain. I've also been looking at the Snugpack, it's as heavy as the Advanced, has some nice options, is wider (41.5" which is a real plus) but limited visibility. What's also great about a bivy, is if there's no condensation to dry out, you can just let the air out of the mattress, loosely roll everything up, strap it to your pack, you've just put your bag, mattress, 'tent' away in one quick roll.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    People… He is reviewing the product for u guys to see its pros and cons… He never said u have to buy this… The comments as of 2017 looks like u guys don't find the point of him reviewing the product

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Don't forget the lifetime guarantee..

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    The way that plastic sheet extends beyond the bivy is a great way to ensure that water will pool under your bag. Don't do this in the field, people!

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Experienced a bad electrical storm in northern Alaska with high winds. Bent my tent over flat on top of me and pulled my stakes out (couldn't stake deep enough due to permafrost). Also tent could not hold out the blowing rain. But my buddy had this OR bivy and experienced no problems whatsoever except condensation the next morning. Plus he got a good night's sleep. I now own the OR advanced Bivy and keep it with me as a backup. Too heavy a combo you say? You shoulda been there.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    bivies are for alpine climbing. so people complaining about it not being as big or as light as a backpacking tent , try taking your backpacking tent to 14,000 ft and see how long it lasts in a storm on a ledge in white out conditions. this isn't made for backpacking.its made for high mountain survival in a bivouac situation. which it excels at very well. because it was designed for that..not backpacking in Appalachia in the summer.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Does the snugpak stratosphere that you did a review on perform on par with the OR advanced bivy?

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    has anyone here tried The Backside T7 bivy

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Hi, this looks like a great bivi but too expensive, where did you say you saw it at $200? Thanks

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    damn, in a bivey wild animals would just walk all over you, and if someone wants to stab or shoot you to death, it would be really easy to locate your head or heart.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Good video. Tip on stuffing back into bag; tie off rolled up item and secure with a couple old boot straps, then slide into bag. Jordi of Military Outlet.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    I'm only interested in it as a mosquito deterrent. I would want one with a whole body mesh. This would be too warm to use in summer.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Thank you.. great video..

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    I have the OR Alpine Bivy, almost identical except for one pole, and no footbox zipper (model just below the Advanced). It fits me (6'-0", 195lbs) with my EXPA 3"x20" inflatable pad, and Big Agnes Lost Ranger sleeping bag. This pad/bag combo isn't small, but there is room to spare in these OR Bivvies. I'm a side sleeper and like a lot of room. Like some of the other reviewers mentioned – getting it back into the stuff sack takes me a couple of tries each time – the hoop at the front of the bivy takes a bit of manhandling to get it to fit just right. The OR Bivvies are bomb-proof, and worth every dollar. In defence of this bivy versus a tent – this bivy takes a lot less time to warm up, it is spacious enough to read a book in, and is so low to the ground that wind is never an issue. Yes, it's not light, but the overall size takes up less room in your pack. Sometimes being snug is good, but this has the benefit of being able to easily look at the stars if you keep the clamshell hood open and peeled back – that is really nice on a clear night. TOGR — Great review!

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Very nice video review! I enjoy & appreciate the thorough and information pros & cons of the sack. Keep up the good work.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    I just used the alpine bivy in northern maine this weekend. I will be picking up the advanced bivy for a steal today. Very true on the stuff sack. Almost impossible to get into the sack while in a cold environment. What I noticed that helps a little bit while stuffing this thing is making sure the drawcord is on the outside and periodically pulling up on it.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    So this Bivy or the Snugpak Bivy ?

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    That's awesome

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    I don't know how tall Luke is, but this bivy is way to small for me and I am 6' tall and I wear an xtra-large shirt. Trying to crawl into this bivy for me was like trying to fit myself into a sardine can and that's with nothing in it but me.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Interesting piece of kit, but it is a lot of $$$ for something most people will only use occasionally. You get a 4 season tent it is still useful for car camping in the other seasons, but this is really for solo hiking in winter. Otherwise get a lighter bivvy or a backpacking tent.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Been loving your reviews, but i just can't get over the image quality of your camera, there is some weird television quality about the image that is just awesome…i just can't figure out what it is, lol. Most cameras have offer no depth perception, this is so cool. 

    And thanks for another great review video.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Nice gear!

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