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    Does anyone have any experience carrying a bug hut/bivy to use in the shelters?
    Just wondering about recommendations for a lightweight and small footprint model?
    They don't appear to take up more space than a sleeping bag?
    My reason for asking is I would like to try sleeping in shelters more often/tarp tenting but I tend to kick off my covers or not use them in the warmer months and would like some more bug protection.
    I also don't want to set up something that takes up an annoying amount of space in the shelters or that needs to be tied to something.
    Thanks for any input!

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    The Six Moon Designs "serenity net" would work. It has to be supported in the middle, which could be a trekking pole or a string tied to the shelter rafter. It's a bit constrictive and a bit difficult to get in and out of if there is someone sleeping right next to you (since you exit via the side), which might happen if you need to go have a midnight pee.

    You can pair the net with the Gatewood cape to make a tent, but unless your less then 6' tall, I would not really recommend that combo. However, if your primarily staying in shelters, this set up is more versatile then a one piece tent and weights less then 2 pounds.
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    Free standing bug bivies, not to be confused with bivies, will be much greater wt and probably price. The wt can be as much as some of the weights of an entire UL tent. That's because you're not willing to tie off into something overhead which you typically can inside every AT shelter. You may also tie off to a low hanging tree branch or by running a "clothes line" between trees tying off to that. You could also consider propping up the net from inside/outside the bug bivy or using a trekking pole if you use them. It sounds like you also want a full body length netting. Some options to consider depending on how much wt and cost you're willing to endure: This is far from an exhaustive list.

    https://www.rei.com/product/684087/o...earch-bug-bivy

    https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/produ...FRckgQod2-oCCg

    http://www.bearpawwd.com/index.html

    http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com...products_id=55

    http://www.zpacks.com/shelter/hexanet.shtml

    If you don't need something freestanding, these could be good options for you: http://www.titaniumgoat.com/Bug-Bivy.html OR http://www.titaniumgoat.com/Bivy.html (with the full net hood). MLD also offers this option that I listed above.

    Another option if you don't need a bug bivy with a floor which is simply a UL sub 3 oz(in the single size version) bug net hung in an off center pyramid like fashion as done in the tropics over a bed and are willing to hang a line from above this has worked for me in AT shelters, under a tarp/tree branch/etc: https://www.rei.com/product/849594/s...ld-net-shelter Don't flip out about the 48" width being too wide. This bug net stretches up to that width. It can be draped over but not laying on you at about 30" wide.

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    http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com...products_id=30 The MLD Superlight bivy with the full head net option as also Ti G offers in what is typically considered a true truer bivy rather than a bug bivy as some call their bug netting enclosures.

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    Borah bug bivy

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    I did a outward bound canoe trip through the everglades and slept in one but idk the make. They worked great just had 2 tie outs a lot like a hammock in size. If I stay in a shelter it will be cause I have to.

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    I appreciate all the ideas..
    Looks like the only one not available is the zpack hexanet. I see they have the UL tent as the recommended replacement.
    Now im wondering if I could just use the inner mesh from my tent and tie it out to the rafters...I just don't want to annoy ppl with tie outs in the shelters.
    It seems as though several of the options use them though.
    Thanks again for taking the time to share ideas/knowledge.

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