New Shelter Combines Bivy Sack, Tent

Combining a bivy sack with a vaulted tent space around the head area isn’t entirely unique, but a new Colorado-based company has launched around the concept with two new looks on the “personal shelter.”

The company 5Owls introduced its brand with two designs. One, the Ranger, is a bedroll design that would be appropriate for car camping, horse packing or other situations where space is not at a premium. The second, the Solo Shelter, is small and light enough for backpacking.

Roger Cohen and 5Owls’ new Solo Shelter; all photos by Sean McCoy

I had a chance to meet with Roger Cohen, the founder of 5Owls, on a recent morning at a park in Denver to check out the Solo Shelter ($379) and Ranger Two (offered in two models at $359 and $399).

The Ranger Two

In my brief examinations, the two models I saw seemed to be well-made first efforts from the new brand.

Read on for details about the Solo Shelter on Page 2 and Ranger on Page 3.

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Managing Editor Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in Denver, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.