A Bedroll or A Bivvy

At first glance, Canvas Cutter bedrolls and bivvies seem like a very similar product serving the same purpose, but a closer look will show this isn’t the case.


  • Both Canvas Cutter bedrolls and bivvies act as a protective cover for ones sleeping bagand pad.

  • Canvas Cutter bedrolls and many bivvies are used to provide an added layer of protectionfrom the elements, dirt, dust, bugs, and rain.

  • Both can be used in various styles of camping and terrain. But this about where thesimilarities end.


  • Although Canvas Cutter bedrolls and bivvies each act as a protective cover for yoursleeping bag and pad, the amount of protection they provide differs greatly. Most bivviesare open ended at the head allowing dirt, dust, bugs, and rain to still find its way into yoursleeping bag. Many bivvies are made to provide protection from only one of the aspectspreviously listed. Some come with a water proof bottom but the rest of the bivy is madeof mesh netting, protecting you from bugs, but defeating the purpose of having a waterproof bottom as you will still get wet when it rains. Canvas Cutter bedrolls zip entirelyclosed, keeping your gear completely protected from everything you want to keep out ofit.

  • Bivvies are often made for backpacking and casual camping. Because of this the fabricthey are made from is usually thin and light, which is optimal for backpacking but canhave its drawbacks. This fabric is more susceptible to taring or having holes rubbedthrough it. Some bivvies have zippers. These zippers wear out quickly, break, jam, andtare easily. For us at Canvas Cutter, this is not acceptable. The outdoors can often be anunforgiving place for the unprepared, and will test even the best of gear. Having gear thatcan’t stand up to what Mother Nature has to offer can, at the very least, mean anuncomfortable night’s sleep or ruin the weekend, but ultimately in all reality it couldmean life or death. Canvas Cutter bedrolls are made to not only handle the abuse ofnature, but to dominate it. With a weight of 7lb Canvas Cutter bedrolls aren’t ideal formost backpackers, but that’s not exactly what they were made for. They were made tolast and handle the cruelest conditions of the outdoors. Made for 13oz Marine BoatshrunkCanvas—which is 29% stronger than regular canvas—Canvas Cutter bedrolls can takesome major abuse. They will not tare easily or wear through easily. The zipper used inthem is a heavy, military grade zipper. It will not wear out, break, jam, or tare, even whencoated in dust, sand or mud.

  • Another very important difference between bivvies and Canvas Cutters bedrolls is thebreathability of the fabric they are made of. Traditionally bivvies have been known tostruggle with breathability and condensation build up. Although they have come a longway, most bivvies, even with more breathable nylon or gore-tex fabrics struggle withcondensation. Canvas Cutter bedrolls dominate at breathability. Canvas has been knownfor a very long time as a fabric that breaths exceptionally well. The marine boatshrunkcanvas used to make Canvas Cutter bedrolls has many benefits besides its exceptionalwater proofing abilities. It is lighter than regular canvas, and much stronger, but it alsodoes an excellent job at retaining heat while at the same time allowing unnecessary heatand moisture to escape. It would take an incredible amount of humidity and dramatictemperature changes in order for condensation to build up within the Canvas Cutterbedroll.

  • A significant difference between Canvas Cutter bedrolls and bivvies is the simple factthat you cannot keep your gear stored in bivvies, but you can in Canvas Cutter bedrolls.A bivvy, as mentioned above, acts as a protective shell for your sleeping bag and pad.You slide your sleeping gear into them once you have arrived at you camping destination,and when you leave you must remove your gear from them. Many bivvies are in reality asmall tent, that take time to set-up and take down. Canvas Cutter bedrolls are made to putyour sleeping gear inside them, and keep it there. You simply unroll it once you havearrived at your destination, and roll it up when you are ready to leave. Pad, sleeping bag,personal utilities bag, and even clothing can be stored inside your bedroll for as long asyou would like. Your sleeping system becomes one simple unit.

Hopefully this short article has provided insight into the similarities and differences that exist between Canvas Cutter bedrolls and bivvies. Outside of weight, Canvas Cutter bedrolls are clearly the better choice.


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