SUPERLIGHT SOLO BIVY ™
SectionHiker.com “Gear of the Year” Award Winner
WEIGHT: 5.5 – 8.0 oz | 155 – 230 gm
2023 Floor Color is Citrus Orange. Brighter tent life. Easy to find things. Easy on the eyes.
A 2004 MLD Innovation, the Pro Level SuperLight Solo Bivy ™ was the first DWR (Durable Water Repellant) top entry, super-light backpacker bivy with a net face window! Over 15yrs later, we are proud to say it’s still the best!
MLD SuperlLight Bivy was used by Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy on his incredible Appalachian Trail FKT record. https://www.outsideonline.com/2238411/how-set-speed-record
This is the bivy Andrew Skurka used on his incredible 4,700 mile Alaska | Yukon Expedition, and it received SectionHiker.com’s Gear of the Year Award in 2010.
“I’d have to say that the Superlight bivy has been the one piece of backpacking gear that has had the biggest impact on my camping experience and comfort….It’s a very flexible piece of ultralight gear than can be used in a variety of situations to increase your sleeping comfort.” – Philip Werner | SECTIONHIKER.COM
The Pro Level SuperLight Solo Bivy ™ was designed to be used with overhard protection or shelter in the rain –it is not waterproof! The main functions of the SuperLight Solo Bivy ™ are:
• 20D Pro SilNylon Floor Color is Citrus Orange
1. To be part of a total sleep heat retention system adding 5 – 15 degrees of warmth, especially when even a slight wind gets under or around and into your shelter.
2. Bug protection.
3. Built in ground cloth.
4. To protect from any blown or splashed rain /snow that gets in under your overhead shelter.
5. To shave weight from a total shelter system. It’s a 7 oz multi-purpose piece of gear that allows for a lighter sleeping bag, a smaller overhead shelter, and no ground cloth, or extra bug protection system.
6. It can be used alone for night temps above about 65 degrees when you do not need a sleeping bag but do need some wind/water protection. It adds a bit of warmth – like a sheet.
7. It can be used alone, with no overhead tarp, for cowboy camping on rainless nights.
8. It pairs perfectly with a backcountry-style quilt to limit warm air venting during night moves.
9. By putting your sleep pad inside the bivy you increase the sleep pad’s thermal efficiency by limiting convective heat loss.
Our GoodNight EVA Foam Pad is a great addition to this Bivy. Used underneath it add protections, warmth and stops any sliding.
The SuperLight Solo Bivy ™, is a true Ultra Lightweight Specialists tool; please read the entire product description and specs before adding to cart. Certain options are Custom features and are non-refundable, see “Options” tab.
• TOP: Highest Quality MLD Mountain 3xDWR (Durable Water Repellent) 10D fabric – sourced specifically for our bivy’s with no compromise on price or performance. Color(s): Olive Green, Orange Citrus (see “Options” tab for color recommendations.)
• FLOOR: Pro Silnylon or Light Green .75 DCF (Dyneema® Composite Fabric A.K.A. Cuben Fiber)
• Original Design: First DWR Backpacker Top Style Bivy with a Net Face Window
• Oversize for zero sleeping bag loft compression plus extra headroom for some gear inside
• #3 YKK deep side zipper extends to the waist for easy entry and exit
• Least expensive Ultralight High-Performance bivy made
• Mummy shaped with large volume head and foot area
• Overhead hang loop positioned over the face – clip it up under your tarp/shelter to create more air flow around the head
• Four drying hang loops- NOTE: THEY ARE NOT STAKE OUT LOOPS!!! If you use them to stake the bivy, use a small bungee cord and stake them loosely – they are not intended to function as the corners like on a tent bathtub floor!
Dave Stone –
I own a medium with cuben fiber floor. I decided to spend extra money, but probably didn’t need too. I do not get as much condensation as I thought I would. And, the strength of the cuben fiber has proven to be durable and strong. But, the silnylon won’t break the camels back. go cuben if you are using it for a very specific reason… maybe FKT???
Likes: weight, wind protection, and added warmth
Dislikes: can’t think of any.
Recommendations: understand the use of a bivy, and what MLD is describing in its capabilities. Because if you do… then I don’t see why you don’t own one already. this piece of gear is a must have if you are trying to lighten your load.
Ben Kilbourne –
My favorite use for the Superlight Bivy is summertime in the desert. When the nights are 70 degrees and you can’t even touch your sleeping bag without sweating, you can just sleep in this bivy in baselayers very comfortably. Spiders, scorpions and mice can’t get in and you won’t sweat all night long. It’s perfect. I also use it in the shoulder season under my Solomid or Duomid. Right around freezing it’s nice to see a layer of frost on it in the morning, instead of on your sleeping bag. It’s a must-have item.
Great piece of kit – I use mine mainly in the tropics as the perfect replacement for a sleeping bag and where it prevents those 2am cool periods when the wind gets up. It also leaves one feeling safe from dangerous creepy crawlies as well as not causing overheating when fully zipping up when mosquitos about. I went for the cuben fiber floor which i find reassuring when a bit of rain blows in under the tarp as I just roll over and let the floor take the hit.
g23y5eard41 (verified owner) –
I cannot tell you how happy I am with this bivy!!! I posted a quick overview at https://youtu.be/DiMmvDc_ouE
Nat Ross (verified owner) –
I’m so impressed with MLD’s customer service. When the Postal Service destroyed my bivy, Ron offered to send me another no questions asked. Stoked to cowboy camp in this.
DOUGLAS MIGDEN –
This is the BEST! I have used it on the unsupported cycling Transcontinental Race across Europe 5 times. I also have a FKT Event bivy which I used on a race across Australia but for TCR I like the MLD super light better. It has an excellent bug net and it’s great when there are bugs but it’s very hot outside. This bivy is super comfortable and breathable. I did not buy the one with Dyneema fiber and don’t think there is a need for Dyneema for the TCR.
kahmadllop (verified owner) –
I was all macho and thought for years that I didn’t need a water resistant bivy ( used a climbing WP one for unplanned bivys).
Well, I was wrong.
Using a mat inside the bivy gives a truckload of advantages, thinner quilt, no drafts and less ticks being the most important.
Feels weird adding 195grams to shed 300 on other areas.
Can’t compare with other brands, but this time I’ll fall head first into biased thinking and recommend MLD’s over the rest.