Recon Custom

6.35 Ounces
Ships in 4-6 weeks | Made In Winona, Minnesota

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The Recon bivy keeps you protected from splashes, ground moisture, and bugs during all your adventures. With no-see-um mesh panels over the head and torso, the Recon boasts excellent ventilation and moisture control. To keep you dry, there’s a 5.5 inch bathtub floor made with waterproof 15D silnylon. The side and top fabric panels are made with our customized ultralight nylon, with a durable water repellent finish to shed dew and frost.

A center zipper runs the length of the mesh window, making it easy to set up your sleep system and get in and out of the Recon. A shock cord suspends the head and foot ends to give you increased interior space. Stake loops and stiffeners at the bathtub corners allow you to quickly stake out the bivy and maintain the bathtub’s shape. You can pair the bivy with our Rival or Rival Duo tarp for an ultralight shelter with full weather protection.

Important Note: Custom orders cannot be changed once production starts. Returned custom orders (or custom orders cancelled after production has started) will incur a 20% restocking fee. No exceptions.

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    • Large no-see-um mesh window allows for ventilation while offering full coverage from bugs
    • Ultralight nylon footbox and side panels reduce drafts and have a durable water repellent finish to provide splash protection
    • 5.5” bathtub floor made with 15D waterproof silnylon protects you from ground moisture
    • Center zipper allows easy access, and features two double-sided pull sliders so exit is always within reach
    • Shock cords at the head and foot ends give the bivy increased interior space
    • Bathtub corners have stiffeners and stake loops for quick setup
    • Fabric colors may appear different from images shown due to rendering and monitor differences. Read more about our Fabrics.
    • Handmade in Winona, Minnesota.


    • Stuff Sack


    • Regular / Regular - Fits users up to 6’ tall with a girth up to 56”
    • Long / Wide - Fits users up to 6'6" tall with a girth up to 62”
    • Both sizes can fit a pad up to 77" x 25" x 2.5"
    • Pitched height at head end: 18"
    • Pitched height at foot end: 15"

We accept returns of new and unused items with all tags attached, within 30 days of shipment. Returned custom orders, or custom orders cancelled after production has started, incur a 20% restocking fee. For more information, check out our policies.

     Size                                 Chest Girth                   Foot Girth                    Length
Regular / Regular            76" (193 cm)                 61" (154 cm)                82" (208 cm)
Long / Wide                     83" (210 cm)                 66" (167 cm)                87" (220 cm)
     Packed Dimensions: About 6" x 4" x 4" (15 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm) 
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14 Reviews

Paul N 2nd Jan 2019

Wow, that's small!

My aching back really appreciates the Recon Bivvy. It packs tiny and weighs less than the tarp that's hoisted above it. I hope the Recon will help this old-timer keep up with the boy scouts on the AP this April.

I bought the tall/wide custom version, and I'm completely satisfied with its roominess. The fabric is thin and strong. But, I've decided to use a footprint, just in case.

I like the mesh on top that controls condensation and gives me a closer connection to the outdoors. But, it was a little too chilly in November in NH.

Like the quilts, the quality and craftsmanship from Enlighten is superb. They underpromise and over deliver... especially on shipping custom products.

LANCE JAMES 20th Aug 2018

Best Bivy

Recon review

I’ve only managed a few nights in the Recon Bivy but it has become a game changer for my tarp setup’s.
Ventilation. I haven’t had any condensation in the bivy, (welcome change from less well ventilated bivy sacks).
1. Interior liveability. Yes, it's a small bivy, but there's plenty of room for me, my sleeping pad, clothing and any other equipment you want to keep from the elements. It can be tucked in the foot or along the sides of your pad in the bivy. Mind you, I use a thicker pad and pillow, so I only have about an inch or two of headroom when the bivy was zipped up. You'd have more if you used a thinner pad and pillow.
2. Packed size and weight! The Recon packs to the size of an orange, and the reg/reg weighs 7oz with the stuff sack.
3. Easy to get in and out! More bivvies’ need a long central zipper. It's easy to get in and out and load my pad and Revelation APEX quilt in through the opening. The zipper doesn't snag the way a bivy with a U-shaped zipper can and opens and closes with ease.
4. The solid panels help keep the wind out. There were some cool breezes where I was using it, and I barely noticed them when I was in the Recon. It's obviously not going to be as warm as a dedicated winter bivy, but they are prone to condensation.
1. The floor is slippery. This is a given with silnylon. If you're using it on an incline or decline, your pad will slide. I was on a bit of an incline, and I had to reposition my pad a few times throughout the night. You'll want to select your site carefully and ensure its flat enough.
2. If you can call this a con, the floor is very thin, and you'll want a groundsheet. I've gotten a lot of flak for this, but I always use one.
In Conclusion:
I really, really like this bivy. It's an excellent addition to my setup. This is what I would consider to be the perfect ultralight bivy. If you like solo tarp camping, and this may very well be the bivy for you. It'd also be great as a standalone shelter on a clear night and gives you a great view of the stars and wildlife.

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