Is there a simple and lightweight bivy sack on the market that works well in three seasons but won't break the bank? The REI Minimalist Bivy is a high quality product with fun features to enhance the camping experience without adding excess bulk. Some may prefer the breathability of the bug netting covering your face rather than the usual nylon shell, though it will leak in serious weather. We gave this bivy our Best Buy Award based on the versatility and high quality at a low cost. Overall, the Minimalist is a high quality product that is reasonably priced and perfect for a weekend backpacker heading into the backcountry.
The REI Minimalist bivy is no longer being offered by REI. If you're in search of a new bivy, check out the Best Bivy Sack to compare all contenders.