ALPKIT Hunka XL Bivi Bag
Review: James Shaw, Emily Ackner, Chris Baker
HUNKA XL BIVI BAG
- Model Shown: Hunka XL Bivi Bag
- RRP: £64
- Fit: Big! This is a roomy bivi bag that took me (I’m 6ft, 76kg, my pack and my Jack Russell overnight many a time)
- What we did in it: Solstice on the summit of Helvellyn. Windy, cold 2/3 degrees but on the whole dry.
- How the Hunka XL fared: Honestly blown away by the quality of the Hunka. I had been recommended to try it by a good friend who said “it’s the best sixty quid I’ve spent”. The size takes all the gear I had with me, me and my dog in relative comfort (the summit of Helvellyn is anything but mattress like).
Overall they were great, if you can get over the all white appearance and the gimmicky sales pitch that every mark tells a story then they are great shoes. Alternatively chose another colourway!
- Fabric: 2.5 layer Ripstop nylon
Waterproofing: HH 10,000 mm Breathability: MVP of 10,000 g/m²/24 hour
- Size & Weight: L: 235 cm W: Shoulders - 98 cm; Feet - 72 cm
Packed size: ⌀ 16 x 23 cm. 490 gram
Alpkit are one of those companies that doesn’t come along that often. My first memory of the brand was 20 years ago bouldering in the Peak District and seeing this simple Alpkit Crash Pad on the backs of boulderers. In those days I was a purist and had my classic DropZone pad imported from the US and didn’t think much of anything else anyone had (unless it softened my landing!)
On closer inspection these pads were great, cheaper than all the others out there and local. I likened them to IKEA for bouldering crash pads. Now fast forward 20 years! and they are putting out some of the best no nonsense outdoor gear, redefining our perception of price and quality.
Sure it is great to have your eye on a piece outdoor luxury like Arcteryx or something else, but for the rest of the gear you have that is going to get used, wet, chucked in the car after a day in the mountains then Alpkit for me is the place to stock up on the backbone of your gear.