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Aaron Slaven

Aaron Slaven

Yosemite to Sequoia.

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Hiking & Camping


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.