Please feel free to make suggestions as to alternative items that you would recommend or discourage against from your own experience - advice is very much welcome.
|Big enough to contain a small Redmond!|
The bivi bag or bivi tent
This is what I will be sleeping in every night for a minimum of 50 nights - so it needs to be dry, warm, easy to put up and take down, hardy... and in light of the fact that there is likely to be a fair bit of wild camping - preferably low profile and relatively inconspicuous. Most of all it needs to be light! Tents, stoves and water tend to be the heaviest items - so any savings in overall size and weight are a real god send over 1000+ miles.
With all that in mind... I've chosen to go with the Snugpak Stratosphere.
Bought at less than half the retail price and in brand new condition - it was too good a deal to walk away from.
The Snugpak Stratosphere boasts a full length side zip (perfect for avoiding faffing about), a Rip-Stop fabric outer, highly breathable material (to avoid condensation) with a fabric bottom, ultra-light weight poles and light alloy pegs, waterproof and taped seams, and it has a built in mosquito net (perfect for keeping the Scottish midges at bay!).
Most importantly, it packs up to dimensions of only 31cm x 14cm and weighs 1.13kg including pegs.