Hooped Camping Bivy Sack
|Black Diamond Hooped Camping Bivy Sack - The Black Diamond Hooped Camp Bivy Sack is a super-light, bivy sack sack designed for paddlers, backpackers and other lightweight fans. Waterproof and breathable ToddTex fabric with a polyurethane-laminated floor seals out the elements while minimizing condensation. A dual-slider zipper opens in the middle for easy entry and exit. The Hooped Bivy Sack uses a sewn-in flexible wire to create air space and a no-see-um mesh covered opening gives you some adjustable breathing space. The double storm flap and rain gutter use a seamless construction, and all other seams are factory taped. The durable, storm-proof shelter of the Black Diamond Hooped Bivy sack is ideal insurance for that unplanned night in the woods, or a multi-day trip where every ounce counts.|
First off let me say what it's been through, two years of wilderness patrol for the USFS along with a year on the trail crew and countless trips kayaking and snowshoeing. It's held up great. Also I'm known by many for being hard on gear. I typically will leave my pad in my bag in my bivy. This makes for a quick camp at the end of a long day. It's been thrown down on sticks, rocks, and other ruff surfaces all its life... and it's still water proof. You will notice some moisture on the floor in warmer wetter climates. Also the size is an issue for a lot of people, but if you can put up with it, it's the lightest bomb proof all weather shelter you can get for a good price. It's also a bit hard to get into, like a sleeping bag with no zipper. No doubt in my mind the best tent for the knees and the ultra light packer.
I tried a few different bivy sacks before settling on this one; I am 6' 3" and not a skinny man so my big issue with bivys in general is getting in and out of them without cramping up or destroying the sack. This sack is large enough to be "comfortable" (a loose term when discussing bivy sacks) in a good sleeping bag, and the wire works fairly well in creating some head space to alleviate the claustrophobia. Despite the factory seam taping I went ahead and sealed all outer seams with McNett SeamGrip, would recommend this for any serious wet-weather scenarios. Very light and packable, all around good piece of gear but I'm still a tent guy...
This is my first bivy and it works great for fast and light camping. Just make sure you don't fall off your sleeping pad, due to condensation on the floor, but it usually isn't a problem. Also if bugs are a concern you may want to consider the tripod, Mosquitoes can bite through the netting if it is close to your skin. All in all it is much better than dragging a tent along and works great in combination with a tarp. It also eliminates the need for super bulky cold weather bags in most conditions.
Bibler Hooped Bivy Sack by Black Diamond for Camping
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