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Aqua M3 Compact

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Quick Overview

The best things come in small packages well this is certainly true in the case of the M3 Compact.
• Weight of bivvy including infill: 4+kg
• Total weight including pegs, groundsheet, etc: 12+kg


This product is the evolution of the extremely popular Carbon Compact, and now utilises the tried and tested 16mm rigid pre formed powder coated aluminium tube that's been reliable and in use since the year 2000 when it was first introduced onto the original MK1.

The M3 compact maintains all the benefits of the Carbon Compact including the unique twin rib, swim friendly footprint while at the same time being over half a kilo lighter than its predecessor. The M3 Compact fills the gap nicely between the classic 1 man shelter and the likes of the fast and light offering a neat compact shelter without the excessive weights and space.

There is a wrap available which provides a twin skin for the bivvy and is also compatible with the old Carbon Compacts.

• 16mm pre formed rigid aluminium tube
• Vents front and rear
• Performance grade Aquatexx® Fabric
• Compact footprint
• Full zip off infill panel
• Zip off peak
• Stable yet compact 2 rib design
• Wrap available as an optional extra

Technical Info:
The Aquatexx used for this product has reached a hydrostatic head of over 14000mm/H20 (mbar) in tests by an independent testing laboratory.
What does Hydrostatic Head mean?
In simple terms it is an accurate measurement of the water repellency of a material.
Rain resistance is measured as a hydrostatic head in millimetres (mm). This indicates the pressure of water needed to penetrate a fabric. This is simulated, in a simple way by placing a tube onto a piece of the fabric to be rated. Water is steadily added until it forces its way through the material. Just before it penetrates the material is the hydrostatic head measurement.
There are lots of factors that affect the Hydrostatic Head, heavy or wind-driven rain has a higher pressure than light rain, standing on a groundsheet increases the pressure on any water underneath, the pressure of rucksack straps on a jacket increases the pressure on the shoulders and so on...
Fabric with a hydrostatic head of 1000 mm or less is best regarded as shower resistant, with 1500 mm being usually suitable for summer camping. Tents for year-round use generally have at least 2000 mm; expedition tents intended for extreme conditions are often rated at 3000 mm.