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Aaron Slaven

Aaron Slaven

Yosemite to Sequoia.

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Aaron Slaven

Aaron Slavenwrote a review of on November 20, 2015

Just a few more thoughts to add....
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this bag for 4 years. I would rate it on its durably but I got to be honest, I€™ have really beaten this on the rock. Even used it has a ghetto haul bag up the Washington Column. This thing has done from Rainier to Sierra alpine over the 4 years. It has many holes and rips but I suppose that is common with that kind of wear and tear.
This bags perfect weight is about 25lbs. Like the many other reviews, anything over that weight and the shoulder straps just plain hurt over a multi day trip. Having space for 55 liters means you can haul about 30-35ish pounds, however this is not pleasant with this bag.
I€™m in the market yet again for a new large alpine bag and I will not repeat with the BD Speed. Knowing that most overnight/multi day alpine climbing trip can be tough in the sub 25lbs range, I€™ would prefer to have more comfortable shoulder straps to carry the 30+lbs load.





Aaron Slaven

Aaron Slavenwrote a review of on April 16, 2010

3 5

Since this was the first bivy I’ve ever used, I don’t have much to compare it upon. Conditions used were in the summertime Sierra’s from temp around 25 – 40 lows, no precip. The biggest pro about this bivy over tents is the obvious packed size. Compressed this thing looks like a Coke can. It is very awesome not having to deal with bulky tents, poles, and flys. The weight of this bivy is not even a factor and combined up with other minimalist backpacking equipment – One can travel LIGHT!
Throw down the bivy, place a sleeping pad in it first followed by my sleeping bag, and then jump in. Of course – being a bivy sack one must accept the fact this is not a place to hang out in. I guess this was the only con for me. After a full day hiking all you want is out of the sun and to take a breather. That is not going to happen with this. This is only good to crawl into right as your going lights out – because that’s all the room you have.
I guess my point I want to get across to first time bivy buyers is that you’ll need “other” shelter until its bedtime. Weather that is a rock/tree or whatever, the last thing you want to do is just lay down in this thing with the sun out because you’re really not out of the elements until the bivy is completely closed, and this is just no fun at all unless you’re all tucked up for bed. (That’s not even fun.)
With all that being said, ventilation was poor in my opinion too. I have to dry out my sleeping bag in the morning and that just slowed me down for my day. I still really like the concept of a bivy (packed size & weight), so I’m in the market for something a little bigger.