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.

Similarities

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

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

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

Differences

Although Canvas Cutter bedrolls and bivvies each act as a protective cover for your sleeping bag and pad, the amount of protection they provide differs greatly. Most bivvies are open ended at the head allowing dirt, dust, bugs, and rain to still find its way into your sleeping bag. Many bivvies are made to provide protection from only one of the aspects previously listed. Some come with a water proof bottom but the rest of the bivy is made of 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 entirely closed, keeping your gear completely protected from everything you want to keep out of it.

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

Another very important difference between bivvies and Canvas Cutters bedrolls is the breathability of the fabric they are made of. Traditionally bivvies have been known to struggle with breathability and condensation build up. Although they have come a long way, most bivvies, even with more breathable nylon or gore-tex fabrics struggle with condensation. Canvas Cutter bedrolls dominate at breathability. Canvas has been known for a very long time as a fabric that breaths exceptionally well. The marine boat shrunk canvas used to make Canvas Cutter bedrolls has many benefits besides its exceptional water proofing abilities. It is lighter than regular canvas, and much stronger, but it also does an excellent job at retaining heat while at the same time allowing unnecessary heat and moisture to escape. It would take an incredible amount of humidity and dramatic temperature changes in order for condensation to build up within the Canvas Cutter bedroll.
A significant difference between Canvas Cutter bedrolls and bivvies is the simple fact that 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 a small tent, that take time to set-up and take down. Canvas Cutter bedrolls are made to put your sleeping gear inside them, and keep it there. You simply unroll it once you have arrived 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 as you would like. Your sleeping system becomes one simple unit.