The Outdoor Research Helium Bivy Bag is an exceptionally light weight Bivy (or Bivi) shelter for minimalist trekking.
Take the Ourdoor Research brand, look at the list of features and then the weight and you know you are on to something special with the Outdoor Research Helium Bivy Bag.
Updated for 2019 (latest version and current in 2020). The Helium Bivy is even lighter at 468 grams with pole and stuffsack included (EMS Office Scales).
The outdoor Research Helium Bivy mark one used to be the best-selling, award-winning, lightest shelter offered by Outdoor Research - until it was out shined by the newly renovated Helium Bivy 2019.
It is significantly lighter than the previous version and is ideal for multiday minimalists who are looking to trade weight for speed, agility, and performance.
Thru-hikers and bikepackers love the new Helium for its refined footprint and reduced weight, and trust it for its feathery waterproof and breathable Pertex® Shield+ fabric that doesn't compromise on durability. A no-nonsense clamshell opening is sure to handle seasons of adventuring to come.
Outdoor Research have use the Pertex Shield+2.5L fabric to save weight but unlike other light weight bivy bags the O.R. Helium has a spacious cut designed to accommodate high lofting sleeping bags and thicker inflatable mattresses. That means you can sleep on your back without the Bivy Bag crushing the down in your sleeping bag and giving you cold toes.
The Helium Bivi comes with a No-See-Um mesh to keep to keep the insects at bay and a pole to create space and help to keep the materials from touching your face.
Here's what Outdoor Research have to say about the Helium Bivy:
Made from incredibly lightweight, waterproof, breathable Pertex Shield fabric, the Helium Bivy is the most lightweight bivy we make, weighing in at a feathery 448 grams. Featuring a classic, no-nonsense clamshell design, and completely waterproof, breathable and ready for many seasons of adventuring thanks to the 40D floor the Helium Bivy is a true minimalist bivy for fast and light solo expeditions.
Weight with pole: 448grams (plus bag 20g)
Weight without pole: 396grams (plus bag 20g)
Outdoor Research have used quality materials and thoughtful design to create a fully featured and adaptable Bivy Bag and still managed to get the weight down to under half a kilo.
Pack Size is just 31 x 11cm
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Question: What is the EMS returns policy?
Answer: If you don't like it send it back for a refund.... no problem! Please read on for terms and conditions.
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Goods with manufacturing faults can be returned for a full refund (including delivery and standard return postal charges of up to £7.50) if the item, after later inspection by us, is proven to have been faulty and returned to us within 30 days from the date of purchase.
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