Why We Chose the Rab Trailhead Bivi: liberating, packable, lightweight
Peak District-based gear stalwarts Rab know a thing or two about wild camping. Their range of bivvy bags have evolved over several decades and today make use of the latest fabric technologies, coupled with environmentally conscious design. The Trailhead is their standard bivvy bag, designed for minimalist camps or to be carried as back up if there’s ever a risk of getting benighted in the mountains. Designed to be highly packable, lightweight and to provide shelter from the worst of the elements, it’s a solid performer from a well-established brand.
Who is the Rab Trailhead Bivi For?
The Trailhead is a fun option for anyone looking to get a little more intimate with the stars on their next warm season wild camp. As Rab’s cheapest and lightest bivvy, it’s well suited to campers looking to ditch the tent for the first time.
It can be put to work as a standalone sleeping bag cover on lightweight missions or used in conjunction with a tarp on long-distance expeditions. Regardless of how it’s utilised, it saves the weight of a one-person tent and gives the user a much more adventurous experience to boot. Those who already enjoy a spot of bivvying may find it less constricting than a bag with a zipped face.
Just as with the flysheet of a tent, a bivvy bag must combine weatherproof qualities with breathability for comfort and ventilation to stop condensation build up. The Trailhead is crafted from hardwearing 40 Denier ripstop nylon with a breathable yet waterproof polyurethane coating on both its top and base. This durable combination ensures that any rain is kept at bay, while a zipped mesh vent enables appropriate ventilation. All seams are taped, completing what is an impressively watertight product.