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Snugpak 92860 Stratosphere One Person Bivvi Shelter
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- Lightweight poles create canopy support around head and shoulders
- Increased breathability and protection
- Roll away mosquito net
- Ultra compact 1 person shelter
- Zip; Full Length side Zip
- Stands up to severe weather
- Poles; Aluminum with Screw Lock Tips
- All seams are taped sealed
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The Snugpak Stratosphere is a waterproof, One person Bivvi Shelter that includes lightweight aluminum poles to create a self supporting canopy around the head and shoulders which allows increased breathability and movement while giving protection from the elements. Great for lightweight backpacking and survival situations. Fully Zipped with Roll Away Mosquito Net in front of the hood and meshed ventilation section at the back. MUCH SMALLER then a standard tent but with all the features, supplied with seven ultralight alloy Y type stakes/pegs and packs into its own compression sack. Specifications PACK WEIGHT 39 OZ (Including Poles, Pegs and Compression Sack) PACKSIZE 12"L x 5"D inches.
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I am extremely impressed with the Stratosphere and think that this system is probably the best shelter for use in warm weather because it has two screens that enable air to circulate and cool the unit. One screen remains open but is covered by a waterproof overhang (for use during rain) that can be rolled up (in clear weather) if desired to improve airflow. However, to do either of these actions, the occupant must get out of the shelter to roll up or extend and attach the overhang to the ground. In addition to the fixed screen, there is another that faces the foot of the unit. This screen works by unziping the shelter itself and using an alternate zipper (which has a rain cover) beside the main one. This screen does not have an overhang and must be closed during bad weather to prevent water from entering the shelter but this can be done from within.
The material is very durable and lightweight. If the shelter is wet, it can be hung and dried in a matter of minutes. The nylon loops that secure the poles take a little longer to dry but that is expected since they are made of thick nylon. The zippers are good but one should use care to prevent snagging on the material (as with any fabric shelter). The shelter also includes excess waterproof fabric that double covers the zipper. I tested the unit using a hose and directly sprayed over the zipper area. Unless you are submerged in a puddle like a moron, no water will enter the shelter.
The shelter (obviously) uses two poles that hold up the upper portion of the shelter (the area around your head and chest) up by about 2ft. I'm about 5'9 and the lifted area is from about my head to my upper waist area (the lifted area varies depending on height and bulk of the occupant). The poles are anodized and curved so they're not difficult to get into place. Also included are aluminum stakes used to secure the shelter to the ground (2 at the foot, 2 for the first pole, 2 for the second pole and 1 for the waterproof overhang for the rearward facing screen). The entire shelter (including stakes and poles) fits into a small bag (poles and stakes in their own separate bags within) that way you have the entire unit in one small compression sack (there should be a picture depicting the size of the entire shelter in the bag).
If you research this shelter, you may find pictures of it with one nylon stake loop at the foot. This is not the model you should get (thankfully). Instead, the model that is shipped will have two nylon loops at the foot to help spread the material out and secure it to the ground. The color that you may see in some pictures can be a little misleading but the color in this photo is accurate: the unit is a very dark olive drab/brown. When I placed my order and saw the different pictures elsewhere, I was worried and contacted Snugpak because I wanted to be sure I got the updated model. To my surprise, the president of Snugpak USA, contacted me right away and informed me that I would be getting the updated model. Excellent, flawless, and fast customer service and communication.
If you live in a region that is usually very warm, my suggestion would be to use the Snugpak with a poncho liner (aka "woobie") because a sleeping bag might prove to be too warm but a poncho liner can be wrapped under and above you depending on temperature, along with a a tarp set up above the shelter for covering your additional gear and allowing easier access into the Stratosphere during a storm. If you live in a colder region, the issued patrol sleeping bag paired with the thermal layer would be great. Hope this review proves useful to anyone considering buying this fantastic bivvi system. It is small, durable, lightweight, and versatile. To anyone planning to be in the field in a hot/cold region looking for an ultralight sleep system, look no further...
Without the stakes, it takes about a minute to set up. The two poles are well designed and snap right into place. The result is about 2' of interior headroom. There are vents facing both front and rear in the head area. The vent at the head of the bivvy has a fly cover that stakes down to keep one dry in the rain. Alternatively, it can be rolled up to give a night time view through the bug mesh. The vent facing down is nice, but the shelter can be zipped up in the account of a rainstorm. There's a nice little mesh pocket in the roof of the bivvy where one can put a small lantern, phone, etc. When zipped up in a rainstorm, with a lantern and a book, a person is good to go.
My Alps inflatable sleeping pad fits easily inside. With my sleeping quilt the room is taken, but I am warm. The bivvy adds to the temp rating of your sleep system. Now, for the zipper. There's a zipper part way down the right side that seals with overlapping velcro strips. For anyone who wonders how the heck they'll slither into a regular bivvy sack, this zipper makes it a lot easier. It isn't as heavy duty as it should be, perhaps, but I haven't found it lacking.
I am 5'8", 200, with a 44" chest, and I like to sleep on my side. I can do that in this shelter. Granted, my sleeping quilt is contacting the bivvy shelter when I sleep on my side, but the point is that I can move around a bit. This shelter is not a body bag.
The shelter is very lightweight. Light, as in, is this a *real* shelter lightweight. It packs up easily due to, again, good engineering. However, in my opinion, it works just as well if I take the poles out and throw them inside (they have a small carry bag, as do the shelter stakes), roll up my mattress and quilt along with the bag, throw a bungee around the not so large result, and throw it on my motorcycle like the bedrolls of old.
In conclusion, this is a good investment. I don't see any significant improvement in far more expensive models. Of course, my uses are pretty forgiving. Nevertheless, it's a darned good shelter for the money, lightweight and well designed, and more than capable for the opportune camp site.
When rolled up, the Stratosphere barely takes up any space. This is great for day packing, but it is also good for camping with cars with little trunk space.