Go ultralight with the BivyPack — a backpack that transforms into a tent

bivypack backpack and tent in one bivy5

Serious backpackers are trending toward ultralight gear. There has been a revolution within the industry to reduce the weight, bulk, and redundancy of outdoor products. Many enthusiasts have adopted the mindset to carry only as much as you have to. While you can strip down your carry weight, you can’t go without a few basic things, including a backpack and a shelter. An innovative outdoor enthusiast has gone beyond what has ever been done before with his invention of the BivyPack — a backpack that doubles as a small bivy tent.

Inventor Kenny Flannery has traveled around the world since 2007, living exclusively out his BivyPack since 2014, so he’s perfected his craft. The BivyPack is unbelievably light, tipping the scales at just one pound, which is less than the weight of any comparable backpack or bivy out there — and yet serves as a two-in-one package. Because you don’t use both products at the same time when you’re traveling or hiking, it’s a no-brainer solution.

The body of the backpack is constructed of high tenacity hex grid ripstop nylon which is lightweight, durable, and completely waterproof. The frame is crafted of strong carbon fiber that flexes, allowing for airflow between your pack and your back. The backpack includes cushioned shoulder straps, a hip belt, chest straps, and side compression straps. The main compartment cinches closed — eliminating the need for a rain fly. It provides for a total of 40 liters of carrying capacity — enough for travel or an extensive thru-hike.

The backpack can transform into a bivy in less than 30 seconds. The frame of the backpack slides out, bringing the rest of the bivy with it and transforming into poles that allow for space around your head and shoulders. Bug netting protects you from mosquitos and allows you to breathe easy and look up at the stars. During a rainstorm, you can easily clip your rain jacket over the netting to serve as an effective rain fly. The roof of the bivy is constructed of ultralight waterproof/breathable fabric and there is also a three-stage foot vent.

While the delivery of crowdfunded products is not guaranteed, you can pledge $300 for a freestyle BivyPack on the inventor’s Kickstarter campaign page. Final weight and other specs of the delivered BivyPack may change from what’s listed on its website. Although the campaign has already met half of its funding goal, buyers should proceed at their own risk while supporting crowdfunding projects.

Outdoors

Lime’s dockless electric bikes land in London, but its scooters aren’t allowed

Lime has landed in London with its dockless bikesharing service. The pedal-assisted electric bikes are unlocked via Lime's app and can reach speeds of 15 mph. It plans to have 1,000 bikes on the streets before the end of the year.
Outdoors

Snooze soundly anywhere you lay your head with the best sleeping bags

A proper sleeping bag has the ability to make or break a camping or backpacking trip. Here are our picks for the best sleeping bags on the market to help you choose the correct bag for any type of outdoor adventure.
Outdoors

Drink what nature provides with the best water purifiers

Looking for reliable water purification? Staying hydrated is important, especially when you are hiking or camping far from civilization. Check out our picks of the best water purifiers for your camp, backpack, or pocket.
Photography

These are the best action cameras money can buy

Action cameras are great tools for capturing videos of your everyday activities, whether it's a birthday party or the steepest slope you've ever descended on your snowboard. These are the best money can buy.
Computing

These laptop bags will keep your notebook secure wherever you go

Choosing the right laptop bag is no easy feat -- after all, no one likes to second-guess themselves. Here are some of the best laptop bags on the market, from backpacks to sleeves, so you can get it right the first time around.
Outdoors

Forget pumps. This innovative filter purifies H2O in 8 seconds flat

The Grayl Geopress water purification system removes more than 99 percent of all bacteria, cysts, and viruses from water in just eight seconds, providing clean drinking water to travelers and outdoor adventurers.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Folding canoes and ultra-fast water filters

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Outdoors

Built to take a beating and still perform, these are the best hiking watches

A proper hiking watch should track exercise metrics and act as a navigational co-pilot during any kind of hike. Ideally, it'll even have a built-in GPS system and sensors. Here are five of the best hiking watches.
Outdoors

Conquer the cold season with the best heated clothing and outdoor apparel

If you're thinking about going outside this winter, heated apparel is a must. Luckily, we've rounded up some of the best heated clothing, whether you're looking for battery-powered gloves or heated insoles.
Outdoors

Crush your next workout with the best Fitbit for every activity

Fitbits are amazingly helpful tools for setting fitness goals and tracking progress. However, different activities require different metrics. We've gathered a list of the best Fitbits for running, swimming, biking, and other activities.
Smart Home

Tired of running outdoors? Check out the best treadmills of 2018

Running can burn up to 900 calories per hour, melting away fat and strengthening your muscles.  Compared to running outdoors, you're safer staying indoors on a cushioned track. We've rounded up the best treadmills on the market
Outdoors

Need gift ideas? Here’s what to get the skiers and snowboarders in your life

You can't purchase snow, but you can grab your favorite skier or snowboarder some sweet gear this holiday season. We've hand-picked some of the best available that'll wow even the most well-equipped terrain park junkie we know.
Emerging Tech

Warm ski beanie instantly hardens into a head-protecting helmet upon impact

Wool hats are way more comfortable than hard helmets. You know what they're not? Safer. That could soon change, thanks to an innovative new ski beanie which instantly hardens upon impact.
Outdoors

Puma revives its classic 1986 smart shoe, complete with high-tech heel hump

More marketing stunt than serious effort to dominate the smart shoe space, Puma is about to re-release its classic RS-Computer Shoe. The high-tech footwear from 1986 was a breakthrough at the time, despite its unsightly heel hump.