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A lightweight, vaulted sack that adds comfort and protection to any bivouac.
- Freestanding single-wall bivy design saves weight by eliminating the need for a tent canopy and fly; ideal for four-season climbing and trekking applications
- Waterproof breathable Todd-Tex fabric sheds wet weather and breathes exceptionally well to help reduce condensation
- Taped seams prevent dripping water or morning dew from sneaking in through the fabric joints
- One aluminum pole creates space above head to improve air flow, decrease condensation, and limit claustrophobia
- Half-moon zip entry provides easy access
- Large mesh panel keeps out bugs and helps cut down on condensation buildup
- Multiple stakeout loops provide secure anchoring in the wind
- Small size fits easily into a backpack, bike pack, or haul bag
- Optional footprint sold separately
- Based off original design from Bibler
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Looked cool, but...
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I was hoping for a little more structure than this bivy sack provided. Maybe I expected it to be more like a tent than a super strong sleeping bag, but that's what it felt like. I returned it and got a light 2 person tent.
It says that an optional footprint is sold...
It says that an optional footprint is sold separately. Does Backcountry offer one specific to this bivy, or where else could I find one?
What is the benefit of bivy over an equally...
What is the benefit of bivy over an equally packable and light, waterproof tent? It seems to me that today's tents are just as efficient, but provide more room and features.
Bivy sacks are very useful when you are in situations where you might not be able to set up a tent such as the side of a mountain/cliff on a bivy ledge... I used one myself this summer while backpacking in a canyon, and when I got stuck on a cliff in a flash flood I was mighty happy I had packed the bivy instead of my tent.
A very lightweight tent (less then 2 lbs) would also be potentially sensitive to wind and other harsh elements, the bivy should be rock solid.
Thanks Terran, those are great points that I had never considered!
I pretty much lived in this thing last summer as a wildland firefighter and it still looks brand new! This thing is super durable and as waterproof as a Submarine. The only wetness I ever encountered was condensation between my pad and the bottom of my sleeping bag. On one fire we were sleeping on a church lawn and halfway through the night the sprinklers came on, I stayed put and was totally dry the next morning. The pole is especially nice in the summer to keep the mesh off your face so Mosquitos can't bite you through it. The tripod bivy looks super roomy but its also almost twice as heavy, which in my mind defeats the purpose of using a bivy sack. Bottom line this is the best 4 season bivy out there.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This bivy is light and built with quality materials. I was a little worried about being claustrophobic, but it provides just enough room to feel comfortable. I put my pack near my feet to give it a little more roominess.
Elk Hunting in Montana
This tent is exceptional. I have used it in the snow and rain. No problems ever.
Is the Black Diamond Bipod Bivy Bag...
Is the Black Diamond Bipod Bivy Bag waterproof?
Per Black Diamonds site
A stormproof bivy with headroom, the Bipod Bivy utilizes a single shock-corded Easton aluminum pole to lift the bivouac sack away from your head and shoulders. It's built from waterproof, windproof and breathable ToddTex
For side sleepers like me, the Bi-Pod Bivy is way too tight in both the hip and shoulder areas. Also, I use the Thermarest Neo-Air mattress which when fully inflated takes-up three inches in height.
I have reordered and have received the heavier but far more spacious Tri-Pod Bivy. Its size is just right for me.
The quality of both models is excellent.
I have two complaints with both models. First, the zip-up opening is much too small. The opening should have at least one more foot to facilitate entry into the bivy. Second, I dont understand why the outer seams dont come pre-sealed from the factory. Instead you are sent a tube of sealer and a syringe and must do it yourself.
Has anyone had trouble with this one-pole...
Has anyone had trouble with this one-pole system staying up in the wind? I like what people have to say about this sack but was thinking a two-pole system might be more stable.
The pole has an extremely tight fit inside the bivy so you shouldn't have to worry about the stability. I haven't had any trouble to date with it in the wind.
I will agree with the other answer. The single pole fits pretty tightly. And if you use the four loops for tent stakes you can stake it down so that it is taught and unmovable.
It Does the Job
In mid-September, I used my Black Diamond Bipod Bivy during a four day hike on Katahdin and around Baxter State Park in Maine. Needing to replace a worn out bivy, I bought it with the idea that it would serve several useful functions at a weight of only one pound thirteen ounces: it would keep me safe from mosquitoes, it would add to the warmth of my sleeping bag, and it would provide emergency shelter should I get stuck somewhere on the trail and have to spend the night away from the campgrounds where we had reserved lean-tos.
A frosty first night made the issue of mosquitoes moot, but I was pleasantly surprised at how warm I was during the night inside my sleeping bag and bivy sack. Soon after lying down I became too warm and had to remove first my fleece jacket and then my wool sweater to get comfortable for the night. I tucked them alongside me in my 20 degree down sleeping bag so they would be warm in the morning when I put them on again. I also tucked my water filter inside the bag because freezing might damage it.
I didnt put up the bivys hoop as there were no bugs and I wanted to sleep with my face out in the air. My five foot ten inch and 145 pound frame found plenty of room inside the bag and there was lots of room for my jacket and sweater down one side of the bag and for storage on the floor of the bag above my head. I felt inside the bag in the morning and found no condensation.
$20 bucks says the spalding kid picks his nose.
Love this bivy. Zero set up time (just unroll it and throw it on the ground) and great protection. The mesh bug screen is nice and the opening is a good size to get in and out of. I'm 5-9 and have no trouble with room in this guy. I can even throw my pack in at the top if my feet are all the way at the bottom. It definitely keeps you warm too. I've woken up with the outside covered in frost and had no moisture built up inside and stayed completely warm. Love this bivy and highly recommended to buddies.
A foot box design seems absent. How does...
A foot box design seems absent. How does this affect the sleeping bag loft on your feet? Do you feel the bivy sack pushing down on your toes? Can your toes stay warm?
It has a little bit more material at the end of it so that your feet have room. It doesnt press down on your feet but it is just laying on top of the end of your bag but it shoudl still keep your feet warm
How much does the BD Bipod Bivy pole weigh?...
How much does the BD Bipod Bivy pole weigh? Can the bag be used as a regular bivy without the pole? Tossing up between BD hooped bivvy (0.5kg - no side zip) and BD Bipod (1kg - with zip). Can I use the Bipod without pole for mountaineering/emergency?
The pole weighs 84 grams. You can definitely use the bivy without the poles (I have many times). All the pole really does is give you a little head room which can be nice at times.
I've had my bivy since Jan 05 and have used it pretty steady year-round guiding since then. It's roomy and very comfortable to fit anything I need to keep close. I'm small (5'2 130lbs) so can get fully dressed in snow gear in the bivy if needs be. Only thing is I wish I'd seam-sealed it right away. Since I did it after 3 years it pulled all the seam tape off and made a mess. But I'm still dry sleeping out in the rain or snow with rare waterproofing treatment.
The Perfect Compromise
I just got back from using this at 10K feet on Mt. Rainier. It dipped below freezing with 50 mph wind guests and the bivy performed flawlessly. No condensation and very wind resistant. I was able to fit my boots, water, food, and extra clothing in with me. It provides just enough space to prevent claustrophobia and no more. My only complaint is that it could benefit from a little extra shoulder room (I'm only 5-8, 160lbs). Otherwise ideal for a foul weather bivy. I plan on bringing it often for climbs.
Antarctic winds? - no problem
I just took the Bipod Bivy along the South Cape Trail in deep south Tasmania. The bivy bag had to cope with strong winds, rain, hail and brilliant sunshine (all in the space of a few hours on occasions). The weather basically blows in straight from Antarctica but did not trouble my new bivy. It proved super light, watertight and very easy to set up. Well worth the money. One happy camper.
This is the first bivy that I have owned and as expected the Bibler quality is there. Seam taped, light weight, absolute bomber construction. My only complaint is that the girth at the shoulders seems tight. I am 6.0 and 180lbs and there was binding when I rolled to sleep on my side. Maybe I am just not use to Bivys. All and all a good light weight yet livable protective sleeping solution.
A bipod it is!
This is a nice alternative between the body bag type bivies and the downsized one-man tent types. If you are looking for a lighter bivy with a little head room then this is a good choice. Weighed in at 1lb.-12ozs. The material is very durable and the entry is much easier to get in and out of compared to the slide in hood type sacks.
Bibler Bipod Bivy
I was impressed with this bivy. Seems to stand up well and provides good protection. It is a good compromise between weight and protection. Enough room to put your boots inside to keep them dry. Rolls up pretty small and sets up easily. To try it out I took a February night in upstate NY that it was going to snow. Set it up in my back yard with my Dark Star sleeping bag. Temperature was down around 5 deg F. I just set it down on the snow with my pad and sleeping bag inside, no ground cloth outside. I heard it snowing and even sleeting during the night. In the morning I noticed that the floor felt like it had slight condensation. The top part was dry to the touch. I was dry and so was my sleeping bag. I did notice after I pulled out my Thermarest that it had condensation on the side that I slept on from sweating. I think this is where the condensation came on the inside floor of the bivy. Came with seam sealer which I have not used yet. Did not come with any directions but the pole to set it up was easy to figure out. So far I am impressed.