Do more with less.
- Freestanding single-wall bivy design saves weight by eliminating the need for a tent canopy, fly, and poles; 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
- Foot and head ends are "boxed" so they won't cramp your toes or compress your sleeping bag's loft
- Sewn-in wire creates space above your head to improve airflow, decrease condensation, and limit claustrophobia
- Dual-sized zip entry provides easy access
- Mesh panel keeps out bugs and helps cut down on condensation buildup
- 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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I have a young family of five and we love getting out on the long trails. So I need to save weight. I use a floorless tarp/tent to fit us all. And we use the Black Diamond hooped bivy. They keep the bugs out with the bug screen. It is waterproof, (proof; Grand Gulch storms). And the layering effect, it blocks the wind, and keeps in the heat.
I have a young family of five and we love getting out on the long tails. So I need to save weight. I use a floorless tarp/tent to fit us all. And we use the Black Diamond hooped bivy. They keep the bugs out with the bug screen. It is waterproof, (proof; Grand Gulch storms). And the layering effect, it blocks the wind, and keeps in the heat.
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...
Very Good, i have used it on Greenland!
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 surfacers all it's life... and it's still water proof.
You will notice some moisture on the floor in warmer wetter climates. Also the size is an isue for alot 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.
oh, you don't want to hang out in a bivy like you might a tent in bad weather or winter darkness.
What is the right size of compression sack for the Black Diamond Hooped Bivy Sack (Long), or does the hoop make a compression sack impractical?
Hoop is tough to compress. You can probably do it, but I'd worry about the wear and tear. Bibler used to (and I assume still does) include a reasonably-sized stuff sack. It gets the bivy down to ~12 in by 5in, as I recall.
15 x 48 cm, 6 x 19 in (Long)
Does this zip shut and then have a mesh window?
I have a 10 year old Bibler Big Wall - pretty sure it's the same. Zips closed with mesh window.
Ther is a mesh window and on the top of it is a closed "door"
Are bivy's supposed to replace tents? Can the bivy keep out creepy crawlies like scorpions in the Arizona desert looking for something to keep warm under?
They can if you're flying solo. They usually add about 10-15 degrees of warmth (F) over sleeping in the open, and there's the added advantage of keeping rain, sun, wind, and yes, creepie-crwlies out. Plus they pack up way smaller and lighter than a tent. If you're into solo backpacking, this is the way to go.
Hi, I am going on a mountain goat hunt in Alaska where I live. I am wanting to buy a bivy that I can pack with me in the event that I get stuck on the mountain OR need to spike camp for a couple three days. I can expect rain and/or snow that time of year and want a bivy that I will not get soaked in. Do you think this would work for me or is there something else that you would reccomend. I am also looking for a sleeping bag liner that I can use in conjunction with my Big Agnes 0 degree bag. I will also be wanting to carry the liner with me in case I get stuck on that mountain to use with the bivy. Thank you in advance for your help, Len Mann
in SE bivys are a bad idea go with a botomless tent they are lighter then tents and provide good protection from the wether.
i know a guy that uses a botomless tent goat hunting he loves it, his big problem with bivys is that you cant shoot from inside them (he has ben mauled by a bear and goat teritory is serious bear teritory) another big problem is you can't field strip a weapon in a bivy
Gosh, if ever anyone offended a web-site's logo....
Would it be too warm in hot weather? Could you manage a clothes change in it? Could you see the stars through it?
This bivy is good for all seasons. A contortionist could manage a change of clothes in it & the stars are highly visible when the top is down!
I spent a summer doing field research in the North Cascades using this bag comboed with a light weight sleeping bag. I found this bivy to be too hot, and the hoop didn't keep the netting off my face enough. Result: sweaty body bugged by incessant buzzing. I've not tried the tripod version, but I think it might keep the bivy material off your head enough to allow more heat to escape. Hope this helps
These are one of the better. I have tried, no bag one that was 89 and I turned into a sauna tube in a minute. Most will be waterproof but it is the breathability.
I like Big agnes for their eVent bivy or one that is goretex for the best breatheability.
Also yes get a bipod/tripod for soemthing off your face. Some dont care but I cant stand anything on my face.
A little tight for clothes change. Long might be worthwhile for the extra storage. It's pretty warm in the summer. I prefer a tarptent in conditions where it's not going to rain a whole lot.
I'm a minimalist.
While Hiking on the Appalachian Trail, this bag have gotten too hot during the summer even though I don't really use anything on myself and slept atop of the pad and sleeping bag. So the temperature is a big factor.
For warmer yet wet season, I'll recommend a tarp tent system with some netting to prevent bugs from biting you. If it's a dry season, just cowboy camping will do if the dew isn't that bad via West versus East (PCT & AT)
It's a great bivy sack if the condition requires it. I've hiked for 800 miles or more with it on the Appalachian. For not too warm weather, I like to use light/bottomless sleeping bag with half-pad left in the Bivy sack & roll it up then stuffing it in long sack bag to save some time for the set-up/packing.
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.
Worked well in bighorn mts, wyoming. Positive: Very light, made solo infinitely better. No setup. Packs smaller than my sleeping bag. Kept me completely out of wind/snow/frost. Negative: I'm 6' even, wishing I got the extra-long, as putting clothes/raingear/camera in sack with me for the night made it pretty crowded. Some condensation on the interior floor after nights of 10-20 degrees fahrenheit, but easily wiped dry. Overall: definitely worth it.