im still kinda new to backpacking. i do try and get out for little weekend trips as much as i possibly can. this weekend i went for a short 3 day trip and traded in my tent for a gortex military issued bivy. since this bivy you sleep with your head out i was a little worried about something trying to crawl in with me. but wow. i wish i could describe just how amazing it was to sleep under the stars and feeling so close and one with nature. and not to mention the 4.2 pounds i saved on my back!!! wow!!! now i cant wait to hit the trails again soon with my bivy!!!