I’ve wanted to do a really simple bug bivy for a while now, so I’ve been messing around with ideas in the evenings and yesterday I finished the prototype.

The OookBug Bivi bug net


  • 220cm x 62cm
  • 5cm tub
  • Corner pegging points with Lineloks
  • 30d silnylon floor
  • 25g/sm mesh
  • Fibreglass pole

OookBug Bivy – 198g
Pole -11g

The pole is optional. The head section could be lifted and attached to your shelter, but the hoop shape does work well at keeping the mesh away from your face and for 11g I think it’s worth carrying it.

Hmmmm… hoops. Surprised none of the tent manufacturers have thought of that instead of forcing us to use trekking poles. I may approach some of them with my revolutionary new idea. I could call it a tunnel tent.

The OookBug Bivi with YKK zip
The OookBug Bivi unzipped and open

The 2-way zip is roughly half the length of the bivy allowing easy access.

So there you have it. I won’t be making many changes to the production ones. I’m thinking of making it 10cm shorter and possibly 5cm higher, but that’s about it. I may also make a more substantial version – considerably wider at the head end and a 10cm tub with the Cunning Corner System, but that will, of course, weigh more.

I won’t be taking orders for the OookBug Bivi until early next year (there’s more testing in the mountains to be done) but I’m going to try and make a handful before Christmas. Subscribe if you want to be notified when they’re available.

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