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  • Proprietary fabric lets moisture escape from the inside, yet resists rain, snow and wind on the outside; waterproof seams ensure complete protection
  • Bivy reflects heat back to you to keep you warm on a cold night
  • Pull the drawstring on the hood snug to seal in warmth
  • Side zipper makes getting in and out of the SOL Escape bivy easy
  • High-visibility orange will catch the eye of rescuers
  • Bivy packs down small for easy storage and transportation

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Specs

Best Use Backpacking
Material(s) Metalized spunbonded olefin
Dimensions 84 x 31 inches
Weight 8.1 ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The ideal lightweight sleeping companion I have only been able to make it out with this bivy 3 times so far all in cool weather (20* to 35*). I used it in conjunction with a light summer bag(50+) and have been very happy with its performance. It is breathable(sweat/humidity), comfortable, very light, and plenty roomy for me(6'3" 230lbs) however if water gets inside of the bivy it will not drain or evaporate. think long rainy backpacking trip, if you are not careful by the third day you will wake up with dew? or frost on the inside of this thing. I don't consider that to be a fault of the bivy more careless user error but its worth mentioning. I can't wait to try this out in summer all on its own it should be pretty ideal.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Product, UL Sleeping Bag The Escape Bivvy I bough in hopes of having a Ultra Light summer sleeping bag. It is rated as a 52 degree farenheit bag, I am a cold sleeper and at 52 degrees with minimal amount of layers on, I was still cold. I do how ever think the bag is build well, easy to role up and put back in the stuff sack. The hood is nice and it breathes well. I am 6 foot tall 185 LB and the bag is roomy. It is semi Rectangular ( half way between a rectangular and mummy bag ). I love that it has a zipper, you do still have to shimmy your way into it. I went backpacking the other day, and it got way colder than I thought it would, after that I don't go hiking or backpacking with out it. This is a grate product.
Date published: 2012-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used for search and rescue I keep the Sol Escape Bivy in my search and rescue pack in case I have to spend an unexpected night in the woods. The Sol Escape Bivy is very lightweight and it backs small so it’s always in my pack. I have used other emergency bivy bags that are somewhat warm but you end up soaking wet from condensation. During a rescue it was required that I spend the night with the patient, the temperature dropped to twenty-seven degrees and, although not warm, I was comfortable and dry. I have used the Sol Escape Bivy about six times now and it is holding up fine.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great and Lightweight I used this on my recent trip to Mt Whitney (May 27-29 2013) with a fleece sleeping bag inside of it and a ThermaRest Z-Lite Sol sleeping pad under it for warmth. I used it inside a lightweight backpacking tent, not as a bivy sac. At 10,000 feet it normal clothes, I was plenty warm except for cold toes. At 12,000 feet the temps were below freezing (high 20s) and the setup mentioned above worked in my winter wear, with again only my toes being cold! I have no complaints. In fact, I like the Escape so much I bought a new fleece insert bag that matches the contours of it so I can use it with or without, depending on the temps on backpacking trips. The combo has decreased the weight of my sleep system by 2 pounds, so I am very happy with that as well. Great product, very simple!
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from money well spent A fellow backpacker mentioned that he got an extra 6-8 degrees on his sleeping bag when he used this Bivy as a cocoon over it. Being skeptical I thought I would just have to get one and see. Well, it absolutely does exactly that. I am a cold sleeper. Meaning , I HATE A COLD NIGHT. By using this bivy shelter bag, I know I increased my bag temp by 6 degrees. It was 41 degrees outside and I was comfortable all night. It was the best nights sleep I have ever gotten in the backcountry. As you all know, the ratings on sleeping bags are somewhat suspect to their degree rating. Even with long johns and fully clothed, I get cold when I'm in a 40 degree bag and it get down to 43-45 degrees out. Not any more. It is a godsend on every aspect. The weight is negligible at 8 ounces and worth every penny! IT WORKS!!!!!
Date published: 2013-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Value for Cost The Sol Bivy performs as advertised. I've tested it as a sleeping bag in temperatures down to 50°F and as a cover for my light-weight sleeping bag in much colder temperatures. In either use there was never a problem with condensation. When used over a sleeping bag the Bivy probably adds 15°F to the bags comfort rating. I plan to use the Bivy for ultra-light backpacking and keep it in my car trunk for emergency use.
Date published: 2013-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Used on AT Section Hike in Maine Aug Sep Used on AT Section hike this year Aug Sept in Maine. It worked well in a tent down to about 50 degrees. In the 40's it started to get cold. Bought a Silk liner and used a full length pad and everything was great. This should be on the list for warm weather AT Hikers. Through hikers should consider it for the warm weather part of the hike. Saved at least a pound over sleeping bag options. Yes it is worth it.
Date published: 2012-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very light weight sleeping solution I bought this Bivy because most of my camping is warm weather beach weather camping with ocassional passing rain. I slept under a canopy with a free standing hammock and this bivy in about 70 degf breezy weather. This was a test to see if the bivy could be used alone, as most of the time I will not be carrying a 20lb folding hammock on a hike :) . I usually get cold easily so I wore a sweatshirt and thermal long pants. The bag did a good job of balancing between breathing and staying warm. The first night, there was no condensation on the inside of the bag at all. I did find cinching the bag close to my face helped heat from escaping and did not make me claustraphobic. Since we were sleeping only under a canopy, the wind was strong and it did an acceptable job of blocking the wind, but stronger gusts could be felt by my feet which did not have socks on. The second night it rained hard during the middle of the night. Since the winds were so strong, the wind blew rain onto the bag since no where was safe under the canopy. This initially was not a problem, as the bag did it's job of blocking water from the outside and still breathed. However, as the hammock got wetter and wetter, the water began to puddle in the middle, and at that point, it seeped through the sleeping bag and I got wet in that spot. If using this bag without any other cover, it can handle various amounts of water for short periods of time, but hours of direct contact with falling water will allow moisture to enter. The main problem seemed to be laying in puddled water as I was comfortable up until the time water puddled. I think the description of "water resistant" is accuate, but I wouldn't try to use it in any weather colder than 65 deg f unless I was inside a shelter or tent. I'm going to experiment with using emergency blankets aka space blankets aka pieces of shiny mylar to make a small shelter to protect this bivy from puddling water and direct rain. Once I figure this out, I will have a great solution for beach camping while backpacking without a tent! I will try this bivy while sleeping in a tent, it may end up replacing my regular sleeping bag. I'm concerned without any breeze it could get stuffy inside, but I'll test it next month and try to update this review.
Date published: 2012-06-21
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Is this made to put a sleeping bag in or not?

Asked by: DougD
While it is possible to fit the SOL Escape Bivy into a sleeping bag, it would not be recommended. The Escape was designed to be more of an emergency shelter.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-02

Is there a bivy sack that can protect against a forest fire? I'm concerned about all the forest fires out west and when camping in the back country you don't have access to a TV or news flashes. So if a fire jumps a ridge and your on the other side?

Asked by: Dharma Bums
This Bivvy saved me from a forest once, I woke up and the forest floor was charred around me. slept straight throughit! I certainly recommend this bivvy if you plan on sleeping through a forest fire.
Answered by: jackpinesavage2016
Date published: 2017-02-20

Can this be used an an insulating liner for a warmer rated sleeping bag? (20 degree bag)

Asked by: Tony Bill
This bivy is meant for emergency use. We recommend sleeping bag liners for adding warmth to your bag. www.rei.com/c/sleeping-bag-liners
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-02

Can you fit a sleeping pad into this bivvy? I have a Thermarest Z-Lite foldup pad that I would like to use in combination with the bivvy, a summer bag, and a tarp shelter.

Asked by: HaikuStasi
​This bivy is large enough to fit the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Sleeping Pad.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-26

I'm a tall guy at 6'3" but I'm relatively skinny. Will I fit in this?

Asked by: RobFromMinnesota
The overall length of this bivy is 84 inches. Based on your height, you will fit inside.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-02

Is it waterproof?

Asked by: flyingsocal
It is water resistant and can be used in the rain without other shelter.
Answered by: Jason Toronto camping
Date published: 2017-05-26

Will this fit in the pocket of a life jacket?  I am required to carry or attach a space bivy bag in my life jacket for a kayak race.

Asked by: ButIfNot
It is possible for the Escape Bivy to fit into the pocket of a PFD. The packed dimensions are 8.5 x 4 x 6.2 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-03

How would this do sleeping in the rain without additional shelter?

Asked by: DannyZ
The Escape Bivy is water-resistant so it can be used without an additional shelter.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-30
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The ideal lightweight sleeping companion I have only been able to make it out with this bivy 3 times so far all in cool weather (20* to 35*). I used it in conjunction with a light summer bag(50+) and have been very happy with its performance. It is breathable(sweat/humidity), comfortable, very light, and plenty roomy for me(6'3" 230lbs) however if water gets inside of the bivy it will not drain or evaporate. think long rainy backpacking trip, if you are not careful by the third day you will wake up with dew? or frost on the inside of this thing. I don't consider that to be a fault of the bivy more careless user error but its worth mentioning. I can't wait to try this out in summer all on its own it should be pretty ideal.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Product, UL Sleeping Bag The Escape Bivvy I bough in hopes of having a Ultra Light summer sleeping bag. It is rated as a 52 degree farenheit bag, I am a cold sleeper and at 52 degrees with minimal amount of layers on, I was still cold. I do how ever think the bag is build well, easy to role up and put back in the stuff sack. The hood is nice and it breathes well. I am 6 foot tall 185 LB and the bag is roomy. It is semi Rectangular ( half way between a rectangular and mummy bag ). I love that it has a zipper, you do still have to shimmy your way into it. I went backpacking the other day, and it got way colder than I thought it would, after that I don't go hiking or backpacking with out it. This is a grate product.
Date published: 2012-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used for search and rescue I keep the Sol Escape Bivy in my search and rescue pack in case I have to spend an unexpected night in the woods. The Sol Escape Bivy is very lightweight and it backs small so it’s always in my pack. I have used other emergency bivy bags that are somewhat warm but you end up soaking wet from condensation. During a rescue it was required that I spend the night with the patient, the temperature dropped to twenty-seven degrees and, although not warm, I was comfortable and dry. I have used the Sol Escape Bivy about six times now and it is holding up fine.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great and Lightweight I used this on my recent trip to Mt Whitney (May 27-29 2013) with a fleece sleeping bag inside of it and a ThermaRest Z-Lite Sol sleeping pad under it for warmth. I used it inside a lightweight backpacking tent, not as a bivy sac. At 10,000 feet it normal clothes, I was plenty warm except for cold toes. At 12,000 feet the temps were below freezing (high 20s) and the setup mentioned above worked in my winter wear, with again only my toes being cold! I have no complaints. In fact, I like the Escape so much I bought a new fleece insert bag that matches the contours of it so I can use it with or without, depending on the temps on backpacking trips. The combo has decreased the weight of my sleep system by 2 pounds, so I am very happy with that as well. Great product, very simple!
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from money well spent A fellow backpacker mentioned that he got an extra 6-8 degrees on his sleeping bag when he used this Bivy as a cocoon over it. Being skeptical I thought I would just have to get one and see. Well, it absolutely does exactly that. I am a cold sleeper. Meaning , I HATE A COLD NIGHT. By using this bivy shelter bag, I know I increased my bag temp by 6 degrees. It was 41 degrees outside and I was comfortable all night. It was the best nights sleep I have ever gotten in the backcountry. As you all know, the ratings on sleeping bags are somewhat suspect to their degree rating. Even with long johns and fully clothed, I get cold when I'm in a 40 degree bag and it get down to 43-45 degrees out. Not any more. It is a godsend on every aspect. The weight is negligible at 8 ounces and worth every penny! IT WORKS!!!!!
Date published: 2013-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Value for Cost The Sol Bivy performs as advertised. I've tested it as a sleeping bag in temperatures down to 50°F and as a cover for my light-weight sleeping bag in much colder temperatures. In either use there was never a problem with condensation. When used over a sleeping bag the Bivy probably adds 15°F to the bags comfort rating. I plan to use the Bivy for ultra-light backpacking and keep it in my car trunk for emergency use.
Date published: 2013-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Used on AT Section Hike in Maine Aug Sep Used on AT Section hike this year Aug Sept in Maine. It worked well in a tent down to about 50 degrees. In the 40's it started to get cold. Bought a Silk liner and used a full length pad and everything was great. This should be on the list for warm weather AT Hikers. Through hikers should consider it for the warm weather part of the hike. Saved at least a pound over sleeping bag options. Yes it is worth it.
Date published: 2012-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very light weight sleeping solution I bought this Bivy because most of my camping is warm weather beach weather camping with ocassional passing rain. I slept under a canopy with a free standing hammock and this bivy in about 70 degf breezy weather. This was a test to see if the bivy could be used alone, as most of the time I will not be carrying a 20lb folding hammock on a hike :) . I usually get cold easily so I wore a sweatshirt and thermal long pants. The bag did a good job of balancing between breathing and staying warm. The first night, there was no condensation on the inside of the bag at all. I did find cinching the bag close to my face helped heat from escaping and did not make me claustraphobic. Since we were sleeping only under a canopy, the wind was strong and it did an acceptable job of blocking the wind, but stronger gusts could be felt by my feet which did not have socks on. The second night it rained hard during the middle of the night. Since the winds were so strong, the wind blew rain onto the bag since no where was safe under the canopy. This initially was not a problem, as the bag did it's job of blocking water from the outside and still breathed. However, as the hammock got wetter and wetter, the water began to puddle in the middle, and at that point, it seeped through the sleeping bag and I got wet in that spot. If using this bag without any other cover, it can handle various amounts of water for short periods of time, but hours of direct contact with falling water will allow moisture to enter. The main problem seemed to be laying in puddled water as I was comfortable up until the time water puddled. I think the description of "water resistant" is accuate, but I wouldn't try to use it in any weather colder than 65 deg f unless I was inside a shelter or tent. I'm going to experiment with using emergency blankets aka space blankets aka pieces of shiny mylar to make a small shelter to protect this bivy from puddling water and direct rain. Once I figure this out, I will have a great solution for beach camping while backpacking without a tent! I will try this bivy while sleeping in a tent, it may end up replacing my regular sleeping bag. I'm concerned without any breeze it could get stuffy inside, but I'll test it next month and try to update this review.
Date published: 2012-06-21
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Questions & Answers

Is this made to put a sleeping bag in or not?

Asked by: DougD
While it is possible to fit the SOL Escape Bivy into a sleeping bag, it would not be recommended. The Escape was designed to be more of an emergency shelter.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-02

Is there a bivy sack that can protect against a forest fire? I'm concerned about all the forest fires out west and when camping in the back country you don't have access to a TV or news flashes. So if a fire jumps a ridge and your on the other side?

Asked by: Dharma Bums
This Bivvy saved me from a forest once, I woke up and the forest floor was charred around me. slept straight throughit! I certainly recommend this bivvy if you plan on sleeping through a forest fire.
Answered by: jackpinesavage2016
Date published: 2017-02-20

Can this be used an an insulating liner for a warmer rated sleeping bag? (20 degree bag)

Asked by: Tony Bill
This bivy is meant for emergency use. We recommend sleeping bag liners for adding warmth to your bag. www.rei.com/c/sleeping-bag-liners
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-02

Can you fit a sleeping pad into this bivvy? I have a Thermarest Z-Lite foldup pad that I would like to use in combination with the bivvy, a summer bag, and a tarp shelter.

Asked by: HaikuStasi
​This bivy is large enough to fit the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Sleeping Pad.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-26

I'm a tall guy at 6'3" but I'm relatively skinny. Will I fit in this?

Asked by: RobFromMinnesota
The overall length of this bivy is 84 inches. Based on your height, you will fit inside.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-02

Is it waterproof?

Asked by: flyingsocal
It is water resistant and can be used in the rain without other shelter.
Answered by: Jason Toronto camping
Date published: 2017-05-26

Will this fit in the pocket of a life jacket?  I am required to carry or attach a space bivy bag in my life jacket for a kayak race.

Asked by: ButIfNot
It is possible for the Escape Bivy to fit into the pocket of a PFD. The packed dimensions are 8.5 x 4 x 6.2 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-03

How would this do sleeping in the rain without additional shelter?

Asked by: DannyZ
The Escape Bivy is water-resistant so it can be used without an additional shelter.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-30
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