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This backpack/bivy hybrid is the cutting edge of ultralight, designed for those who love to hike, camp and travel.
This backpack/bivy hybrid is the cutting edge of ultralight, designed for those who love to hike, camp and travel.
This backpack/bivy hybrid is the cutting edge of ultralight, designed for those who love to hike, camp and travel.
54 backers pledged $14,977 to help bring this project to life.

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BivyPack - The backpack that transforms into a bivy tent.

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The BivyPack is back — now unfathomably lighter and transforming even faster (< 30 seconds) from a sleek backpack into a breathable bivy tent.

Creator Kenny Flannery has been traveling around the world non-stop since 2007. He founded Freestyle Travel Gear to inspire others to move around freely with his weight saving hiking and travel innovations.

Weighing in at about 1 pound the Freestyle BivyPack is significantly lighter than just about any comparable ultralight backpack or bivy out there — yet the BivyPack is BOTH.

You don't use your backpack and tent at the same time — the BivyPack removes this redundancy and weight by combining the two without compromise.

Who it's for

Ultralight comfort that's fit for the trail or the city, the BivyPack is perfect for:

  • The savvy traveler that doesn't want to stay in a hostel or hotel every night or pay check-bag fees at the airport, or constantly be searching for a place to stash their heavy pack.
  • Weekend and epic thru-hikers deserving a pack that feels invisible as they take in the beauty of the trail by day, with a comfortable rain and bug-free shelter come nightfall.
  • For preppers and survivalists who want a bug-out bag that's not only lightweight, but also a shelter in a pinch.

The backpack

You'd want this backpack even if it didn't transform into a bivy.

The body of the backpack is constructed with a high tenacity hex grid ripstop nylon - it's lightweight, highly waterproof and durable enough to hold up while traveling and hiking.

The frame is made from strong and lightweight carbon fiber that flexes to allow airflow between your back and the pack to avoid a sweaty back. Along with an adjustable torso size, the pack will fit perfectly.

The shoulder straps are cushioned and comfy, a hip belt and chest strap provide even more comfort on long hikes. Side compression straps can be tightened when your pack is at minimum capacity.

The main compartment cinches up to remain water resistant - no need for an additional pack cover as seams are sealed as well. Along with two side pockets and a big front pocket for items you might need quickly, like a rain jacket or water bottle, that's 40 liters of total capacity — enough for long distance hiking or your next world tour, while still meeting specs as a flight carry-on.

The bivy extension is tucked away and hidden when not in use, you'd maybe never notice the secret double life the pack has been living...

The bivy tent

Don't just live out of your backpack, live in it!

A hybrid has risen between basic bivy bags and full-on tents which bring the best of both worlds. Even if it wasn't also a backpack the Freestyle BivyPack would still be the pinnacle of bivy tents — simple, lightweight and breathable.

The frame of your backpack slides out, bringing the rest of the bivy along with it, now becoming the poles that give you ample space around your head and shoulders. It's set and ready to go just like that — no assembling poles or figuring out where they go. From backpack on your shoulders to bivy tent on the ground in just 30 seconds.

With your head and shoulders surrounded by noseeum bug netting you can breathe easy, this reduces moisture buildup and allows you to see the scenery around you and the stars above. Mosquitoes are jerks, keep 'em out.

The "roof" of the bivy is made from a newly developed ultralight waterproof/breathable fabric that rivals or bests some of the top brands in the game like Gore-tex and eVent. The fabric uses a specially formulated laminate film that is highly resistant to water droplet penetration (i.e. rain) while also allowing moisture vapor (i.e. sweat) to pass through and escape. Along with a new three-stage foot vent, you'll be good to go no matter the weather conditions.

The BivyPack was designed to take advantage of the gear you're already carrying — this is the Freestyle Travel Gear philosophy. Your existing rain jacket can be clipped on securely as a fly to keep you dry on windy, rainy nights.

You're inside your sleeping bag, maybe using your clothes bag as a pillow — nothing is going to waste in this highly efficient setup.

The bivy is invisible when you're not using it — tucked away in the backpack (all without getting your other stuff wet when it is) you may forget you even had a shelter ready to go. So go ahead and travel the world, couch surf and stay in hostels if you want, but when you need it, it's there.

The Freestyle Story

Photo taken by my Couchsurfing host in Bangalore, Dikshĭt Sharma (https://www.instagram.com/the.livsnjutare/)
Photo taken by my Couchsurfing host in Bangalore, Dikshĭt Sharma (https://www.instagram.com/the.livsnjutare/)

I'm the creator, Kenny Flannery. I started traveling in 2007 and have been on the move ever since. No home base, no rent, just a lot of hiking, hitchhiking, the odd job here and there and a whole lot of great adventures along the way.

Living out of my backpack for this long has made me conscious of every ounce I carry, so I'm constantly shedding items I don't need, upgrading to lighter gear and removing redundancies by finding multiple uses for single items.

While crafting the ultimate ultralight travel packing list the idea of combining my backpack and bivy sack remained heavy on my mind. 

Photo taken by Océane Elnoa while hitchhiking towards Portugal
Photo taken by Océane Elnoa while hitchhiking towards Portugal

After lots of prototyping and testing I launched a successful initial Kickstarter campaign for the BivyPack in 2016 — there's now a happy camper toting a BivyPack on every continent except Antarctica!

A few packs from the first go-around.
A few packs from the first go-around.

I've been living out of the BivyPack exclusively since 2014. In that time I've hitchhiked in zigzags around the US, been down to South America and lapped around the world dipping through different climates from Hawaii to Australia, Southeast Asia to Nepal and India, on to the Middle East and Europe — all with the BivyPack on my back or keeping me dry and bite-free while camping along the way.

Between the feedback from the original backers and my continued testing the design has evolved and improved even more. The pack looks nicer and compacts more when needed, the bivy breathes more admirably, it's lighter without sacrificing durability and transformation has become even simpler.

I love it.

Kenny hosts a podcast called the Freestyle Travel Show and blogs about his travels on HoboLifestyle.com.

Specs & Sizing

  • Total weight (backpack + bivy + frame/poles): ~1 pound
  • Maxed-out backpack capacity: 40 liters
  • Torso size: Adjustable between 16" - 23"
  • Frame material: Carbon fiber
  • Pack material: Hex grid ripstop nylon
  • Bivy roof: WPB laminate
  • Bivy length (head to toe): 8.5 feet (Accommodates people up to 6'6")
  • Bivy width (shoulders): 28 inches
  • Happiness: 11

Final weight and other specs of delivered BivyPack may change. We will make improvements where we can up until production time which may alter some specs slightly. Rest assured, happiness still goes to 11.

Rewards

You could easily spend a fortune getting a separate "lightweight" backpack at the outdoor shop (that wouldn't be waterproof or actually that light), a pack cover to fix that, and a heavy poled-bivy that you have to hope will be somewhat breathable...

Or, spend half that or less by getting the BivyPack which performs better at less than 1/4th the weight and bulk! Plus shipping is free for those in the US. Lighten your gear, not your wallet. It's a no-brainer. Outdoor gear has evolved, let's have some fun!

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Timeline

February/March: Kickstarter campaign, continued prototyping and testing

April: Receive funding, order materials

April-June: Production

June: Shipping BivyPacks to backers

July: More travel

Risks and challenges

Even more prepared than the previous Kickstarter, there's now far more energy behind this project and we're ready to roll. Like anything there's always potential for unexpected circumstances, but such is life. We're ready to tackle any issue that may arise and will keep you informed along the way.

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    Freestyle Supporter

    Get a Freestyle Travel Gear branded shirt to show your support for those who want to travel freely and efficiently.

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    The Freestyle BivyPack

    The main event! Get your BivyPack at the discounted Kickstarter price and enjoy your travels.

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    The Experimental Lightning BivyPack

    Code name: Lightning. Only for those with experience with extremely ultralight gear willing to roll the dice!!

    The standard BivyPack already uses some of the lightest, high performing materials on earth, like the Waterproof Breathable roof, for example. However, pledge for this reward and you'll get an experimental version of the BivyPack using the absolute lightest (and freaking expensive) materials replacing other areas, like a Dyneema Composite Fabric bivy floor.

    This is for those who already pack insanely light, are willing to be a bit gentler with their gear and simply want the lightest, craziest piece of gear on the planet. If you're not sure about this, it may not be for you - we won't be making many of them either! Feel free to message us first.

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    Travel Partners

    Get 2 BivyPacks and save, one for you and one for your travel partner. Happy trails!

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Funding period

- (30 days)