A step-by-step guide on how to set up your SLX Bivvy
Lay out the groundsheet where you want to erect your SLX bivvy, with the elasticated pegging points on the underside. The doorway is indicated by a small Trakker label. If it is windy, it is advisable to use a couple of pegs to hold the groundsheet in place.
Place the SLX bivvy in the centre of the groundsheet, kneel down and open out the bivvy poles, plugging together the frame sections as you go. Ensure all the spigots are fully inserted. You should also assemble the porch pole during this process and locate it onto the porch knuckles.
The assembled frame should be wider than the groundsheet. Attach the two rings on the inside edges of the base plates to the hooks on the groundsheet. This tensions the frame and takes up the play in the spigots. If the bivvy is to be used without the groundsheet, you can use the tension strap supplied to tension the frame. It is important you do not over-tension the frame.
Peg out the rings at the rear of the bivvy, using the groundsheet as a rough guide. Please note: The groundsheet is slightly oversized to allow for uneven ground, so do not stretch it out too tight. The pegs should also go through the elasticated rings on the groundsheet, which will hold it in place. The SLX bivvy comes supplied with hardened steel pegs, which are adequate for good ground conditions, but specialist pegs may be required for gravel, sand, etc.
Now insert two pegs through the rings at either side of the door and pull the SLX bivvy forward, pegging down again, using the groundsheet as a rough guide. It helps if the door is in a closed position while you do this. On even ground the door should peg out on the middle ring; do not over-tension and then peg out the rest of the pegging points. Create extra tension by looping the elastics above the pegging points over the plastic T pegs.
Ensure the groundsheet is positioned over the draught skirts around the inside of the bivvy. The door is fitted with two-way zips, so it may be opened from the top or bottom. The door is longer than the bivvy so it can act as a draught skirt and be tucked under the groundsheet.
The frame support system (supplied) should now be installed. The frame support system clips onto the poles in the centre and pushes the frame forward. This supports the SLX bivvy frame without the need to peg out the front, however, this will compromise its stability and should only be done when the weather conditions allow.
1. To disassemble the SLX bivvy, firstly remove the wrap if it is in place and then unpeg each of the pegging points and collapse the frame. Release the tension by disconnecting the frame from the groundsheet and pull the porch pole from its two lugs.
2. Starting from the centre, unplug the frame sections and twist them approximately 90 degrees to prevent them plugging back together. It may help if you shake the pole slightly as you unplug the frame sections, as this will help release the spigot. Fold the arms into the middle as you go, making sure there is no material wrapped around the ends of the frame sections because this could damage the cover. There is no need to remove the porch pole completely during this process; the bivvy will fold away neatly with it in place.