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Casey Rummel

Casey Rummel

California's wilderness

Casey's Passions

Camping
Mountain Biking
Trail Running
Road Cycling

Casey's Bio

I'm a 23 year old college grad who can't make himself hit the job market quite yet. Gearing up for small trips to Zion, the Grand Canyon, and - eventually, a much larger 5 month trip through South America. Really into the ultralight idea, very appealing.

Recently returned from a cross-country road trip, and inspired to see more of the world.

Casey Rummel

Casey Rummel wrote an answer about on December 8, 2011

Also, I forgot to mention that wind will be a major factor. I'll be doing a lot of camping in Patagonia, which is a notoriously windy place in summer. The seedhouse's ridgeline looks ideal - as long as it's parallel with prevailing winds. Otherwise it would be broadsided! I'm thinking maybe the copper spur will deal with wind better overall, especially if wind direction changes. Still looking for advice though!

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Casey Rummel wrote a question about on December 8, 2011

Hey all - I'm 6'0" and am looking to bring a 45L pack into the tent with me. I'm traveling around South America and expect some wind and a little bit of rain on occasion. I'm torn between this tent and the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2. I lay down and measured myself and my full pack on the carpet. I fit with the pack width wise (52" is the width offered by both tents) with an inch or so to spare on either side. Length wise, I am about 82", which leaves me an inch or so on either end in the seedhouse (84") and a bit more in the Copper Spur (90"). Should I be worried about the slanted sides of the seedhouse? I don't want to get wet by touching the ends during rain or if there is condensation. I like the smaller pack size of the seedhouse (and the smaller price), but I like the extra length of the copper spur. I really can't decide. Somebody tell me what to do!!

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Casey Rummel wrote a review of on December 6, 2011

3 5

I ordered this for a trip to South America & ultralightweight domestic weekend trips. It is definitely light and compactible (though I wish the single pole would fold down one size smaller so you could fit the whole bundle into one tidy bag - as it is there is one bag for the bivy itself and another for the pole).

I received the item and set it up in my yard. I have since decided to take a larger backpack (45L instead of 32L) with me on my trip - will allow for a few more comforts, layers, space for souvenirs, and unforseen space needs. I lay down inside the bivy and it has adequate space considering how small it is. The area around teh head is actually quite spacious. The area around the feet would be, but there is nothing included to keep it stiff and upright, it kind of just flops down on you. I'm willing to bet moisture would seep through to your feet. So you would need another stake and/or some nylon rope or something to keep that area taut and off of your body.

I tried laying inside with my pack (not going to leave it outside the bivy because of weather and theft concerns). No way I'm fitting in this this with a pack (no matter what size), at least not comfortably.

Also, the material seems a bit flimsy. I know it must be thin to be so lightweight and compressible, but I can see it snagging and ruining a trip real easy. The area that pulls over the pole to keep the seam protected is a novel idea, but I could already see the stitches in the area straining as I pulled it taut, and I think they would be the first thing to go (barring a rip in the fabric).

Perhaps I'm not using the bivy as it is intended. I think a slightly bigger (and yes, heavier and bulkier) solo tent is what I need. I do wonder where people who use the spotlight bivy keep their packs. Outside with a rain cover on it?

Finally - only a one year warranty? That's a dea-breaker for me. So many other products have lifetime.

Bottom line: for ultralightweight guys who don't mind bringing an extra stake/rope to keep this thing off of your feet (and who don't mind leaving their pack outside) go for it, you'll love it. As for me, I need something bigger. Cheers to backcountry for their awesome return policy and great customer service.

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