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Indispensable if you participate in any outdoor activity. Originally designed in response to the need for an inexpensive, lightweight shelter. Bothy bags are increasingly used by mountain rescue teams, outdoor centres and youth groups as emergency shelters. However they can also provide a simple shelter for lunch stops. Bothy bags are made from ripstop nylon and are windproof, highly water resistant and very strong.
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Terra Nova Bothy Bag 8

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  Reviewed by Mick Wood (Chesterfield) on 2006-01-24:
General comments: If you walk with a regular group of friends or in fact take others out into the hills the Bothy Bag is a must. This simple design is essentially a pertex bag, or tent outer, which is specially shaped and designed to produce an instant shelter for those unexpected situations. The Bothy itself works by getting the group of people inside the 'bag' and then sitting down (on their rucsac or the floor) facing the middle with the pertex behind them and then tucked in under them to keep it held in place. The result is a pertex igloo which will almost instantly see the temperature rise and the comfort level increase. Great for having lunch in, or just stopping to re-charge the batteries in comfort - in fact the most difficult aspect is motivating a tired group to leave! In the Range of Terra Nova Bothies there are sizes capable of holding 2,4,8 or 12 people (although you can squeeze more people if required!). The only down size to these Bothies are the expense ranging from ?30-?85 they are fairly expensive for the simple piece of kit that they are

Pros: Simple design, ease of use - life saving potential!

Cons: Expense!
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Derek Thomas responded : I cant praise this product enough, when in a life threatening situation this shelter performs, see my comments under bothy bag 2 (2008-08-09)

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  Reviewed by Paul Smith (Cannock) on 2006-02-21:
General comments: A Bothy Bag is a required piece of kit, if you are planning to head into the outdoors these days, whether its for walking, climbing or kayaking! In fact if you were leading a group and there was a problem, and you didn't have a bothy bag with you, you could be seen as not providing the correct duty of care. You have no excuse not to have one, there are lightweight and don't take up much space at all. Perfect for getting inside to eat your lunch on that really grim day.

Pros: Light weight, don't take up much room.

Cons: They can be hard to pack again.
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  Reviewed by Rich L (Aberdeen) on 2006-05-08:
General comments: My wife breast fed our 8 week old baby in one of these on the summit of Lochnagar, about 4 years ago! Too much information? Well for a simple bit of kit they are lifesavers and have a multitude of uses. On that day on Lochnagar, it was summer, but very breezy, with the help of the other women in the group, my wife was able to feed a screaming bairn in comfort and privacy….men were not allowed in and had to shiver outside! They work, by creating a windproof environment, which with several warm bodies inside quickly heats up and provides warmth and shelter. Yes you could use a tent fly, if you had one with you, but these have useful vents to stop excess condensation and allow some air in to breathe. They also feature a pretty useless window, and reinforced groundsheet material to sit on round the edges. All of this folds neatly into a stitched-in bag, that doubles as one of the vents. I have used this bag a lot teaching youth groups and taking friends out mountaineering, for winter climbing I take one of the 4 man ones and my partner a blizzard bag, you could survive an emergency bivvy with these in combination.

Pros: warm, windproof, superb design

Cons: expensive, you could make your own very easily.
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Dave responded : Surely the youngest Munroist ever ? (2006-05-08)

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