This is our Ultimate TopNotchReview of the GEERTOP Tent Ultralight Compact Single 1 Person Waterproof Bivy II 2020
If you’re looking for a great little camouflage bivy for your camping adventure, then this might be the one for you.
Here at TopNotch we can confidently make this recommendation because our expert team of testers researched, reviewed and tested this camp shelter among 17 others, to bring you the Top 10 Emergency Tube Tents.
And guess what?
This camouflage 1 person bivy won our TopNotch Spot For Best Camouflage Tube Tent.
But don’t just take our word for it. Keep reading and we’ll break it down even further for you.
So in this Geertop 1 person ultralight tent review, we’ll cover:
- How to set up this gear (it’s not that complicated)
- Product features
- Weather resistance, durability
- And so much more…
So if you want to know the nitty-gritty about the best single person camouflage bivy, you’ll love this guide.
Let’s get started.
- Light weight
- Fast set up
- Good legroom for one person
- Doesn’t have the best waterproof zippers
Our Verdict: GEERTOP Tent
Any time you purchase something in camouflage, stealth is an issue (as was the objective of early camouflage adoption in warfare of course).
So while ever there’s a risk you might run into an emergency (or want to carry a handy tent for other reasons), but need or want to remain under the radar, we found this gear to be the best option for you.
Here are some of the things we liked:
The aluminium continuous pole systems lock into place so easily and form perfect arches. There’s three of those. We’ll be telling you how to set those up further along.
Wait til you see the tent pegs…..
That was the first for most of us – we’ve only ever come across silver pegs before.
The manufacturers sure pulled out all the stops for this camouflage bivy!
These are the two BEST features we like:
- There’s an elastic strap that runs the width of the bivy, nearer the head, to keep your air mattress in place if you’re taking one along.
- The mosquito net mesh that runs ¾ of the length of the bivy and the air vent at the head that keeps air circulation going are great features. They come in handy when it’s a hot night and you don’t want to zip yourself in completely, but neither do you want to offer yourself to bloodthirsty mosquitoes…or bugs, or falling leaves, or animal droppings…you get the point right?
Here’s what we’re not so crazy about…
Let’s be clear – there’s very little not to like about this gear.
The only thing that could be a problem is that there’s also not masses of room for extra equipment inside the bivy.
You do have a pouch at the head of the tent to store small items.
That’s a plus.
If you have larger equipment and are concerned for safe keeping, you might want to erect a tarp system.
We recommend using the UST Tube Tarp which is also in our TopNotch Top 10 line up,
In comparison to the other emergency shelters in our Round Up Review, we agreed that this get up was closer to a luxury item, but still at a very fair price.
Related: 10 Best Tube Tents
Value For Money
The Geertop Tent takes our top honors in this metric!
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again. This is the closest you’ll get to a luxury item when it comes to emergency shelters.
But hey, it’s not that heavy, comes in a sturdy carry bag, it’s easy to set up and protects you from the elements – the markings of a great tube tent.
Value For Money Rating
Best of all….
It’s more affordable than you’d expect for a product of this quality.
If you’re a Geertop Tent gearhead, you’ll know this version is a huge improvement from the ultralight 1 person waterproof personal bivy.
We’re guessing the manufacturer took those not so flattering reviews to heart and came up with this new and improved version.
Which is worth every dime!
Ease Of Use
This is a free standing bivy so there aren’t a lot of parts that come with it.
Inside the carry bag are the bivy, 3 aluminium poles (continuous system), 8 (green!) tent pegs and a short guyline.
Ease Of Use Rating
Here’s how to set it up:
Insert your aluminum poles in parallel in the two seams at the head of the tent. Cross their ends and insert them into opposite tie outs.
This can be a little tricky for a first timer and frustrating if you’re a bit impatient.
That’s why we gave it only 8 points in this metric.
For the bottom end:
Insert the smallest aluminium pole into the seam. Pull the outer flap out and peg down to stretch the bivy tight and give it its form.
You can roll the outer flap of the air vent at the head of the tent and tack it up for air and sunlight. If it’s raining, pull it out and peg it down to keep water from falling into the vent.
Dismantling everything and packing away is even easier.
Tactical camping at its finest!
There’s extra material on the outside of the zip lining to cover the zip. This outer material has velcro underneath the flaps to keep it in place so it doesn’t come undone in the wind.
It’s designed this way to keep out the rain.
So we knew we had to test it against the weather.
Weather Resistance Rating
We put this tent out for a night in the rain. When we came back to check later the underside of the bivy was nice and dry.
There wasn’t any discoloring in the material.
I can hear you now…
…what about the inside?
Still think it won’t be good enough?
You can always take a silicone spray with you to reinforce the material – read more about it in our Tube Tent Buyers Guide.
This might not be the Geertop 4 season tent, but it sure works like magic in the rain!
However, if it actually is a 4 season camping shelter you’re after, look no further than our 4 person 4 season camping tent, the ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian.
When it comes to testing a tent’s camping durability, I live by three rules – strong waterproof material, great stitching and sealed seaming.
When one is missing, it just drags the whole product down for me.
How did this camouflage bivy live up to my lofty expectations?
Well here’s the result….
When you enter the tent you can clearly see that the underside of all seam lines have an extra layer of lining sewn over.
The corners of the bivy also have this inner covering because that’s where it would be susceptible to leaks and damage.
It’s almost like the manufacturer is saying, “hey look we’ve gone the extra mile and got you covered.”
Of course, even tester opinions vary.
Some of the team loved it and ranked this product very highly straight away while others needed more convincing.
So we settled with a score that reflected our combined opinions and came up with a score of 8.5 for this metric.
That being said…
This is a bivy you’ll be taking along on more than one camping trip – it’s going to last a good few seasons.
This product weighs in at 2.5 pounds, with a compact size of 19” x 5” x 5” inches; considerably larger than the Back 40, Bearhard and Delmera, all of which can fit into the palm of your hand.
The aluminum poles – a continuous pole system – fold into parts for compact packing.
Our Final Verdict: Geertop Tent
For anyone well acquainted with Geertop products and their evolution of improvement through the years, we were super impressed with this bivy.
The manufacturers added poles to hold up the bottom end of the bivy and even added a whole length of mesh to keep out bugs and enhance ventilation even further.
Additionally, in what could be an intentional show of generosity, geertop tent manufacturer’s have thrown in 8 tent pegs when all you really need is 2.
For a spacious camping bivy we also appreciated that it didn’t weigh a tonne.
We had hoped that Geertop would have gone one better and made this a 4 season 1 person tent.
We’re looking forward to that day.
Conclusion: Geertop Tent
Now we’ve taken you through our testing and results, you know just as much as our top testers about this camouflage bivy.
As a customer we believe that you should not only have buying power but the necessary knowledge to make informed purchases.
And after reading this review, we hope that you are now better able to decide whether this camping product is worth your money. (Hint – definitely is!).
Not only that….
You should be able to determine whether this camping bivy is appropriate for the weather conditions you’ll be seeing on your next TopNotch adventure.
And you’re already a pro at setting this gear up (in your mind at least).
Now you can take the next step to make this camouflage bivy yours – we hand the baton to you.
If you like to go big then you might even prefer the 1-Person 3-4 Season Lightweight Backpacking tent version.
Here’s what you need to know…
There are two entry points from either side. They are large meshed doors, so on a hot night you have the option of keeping the camo-fly off to let in more air and enjoy the stars
Although we really wished that the aluminum poles were painted for extra metal protection, we like the fact that there are only two continuous pole systems, one for either ends of the bivy to hold the entire structure up.
We were surprised at the amount of space on the inside.
You really have space for a wide range of air mattresses, sleeping bags or ground mats for added comfort.
And another thing….
It has a zipped compartment for extra storage at the head of the tent.
And don’t ignore that huge fire safety tag you can’t miss when you set this camouflage tactical tent up.
We think this is another great option for a lightweight backpacking tent!
The dimensions are as follows:
- 84” x 39”x 36” inches
- Packed size: 17″ x 4″ x 4″