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Fitztravels wrote a review of on September 7, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Footbox venting is really good. Had very little condensation on my bag at the feet when i usually have more in other bivies and even tents

Had plenty of room with a 2" pad to move around.

Technically it only really needs 2 stakes. one at the front and one at the bottom. I usualy attached a line to the head poles and ran it past the front stake to pull the bivy more tight, which made the side walls less droopy. The poles basically provide enough structure to not need stakes in most circumstances on each side.

This can withstand rain for about an hour. Then then next hour it will get slightly worrisome. In the next hour, you will realize you are in a "situation" especially if you have a down bag. One person talked about seam sealing theirs and testing it in their yard, but the problem is that this experiment does not take into effect a live body sleeping inside, breathing and perspiring. My experience is that in a long rain, sure, it was leaking at the seams, but the fabric wet out too. Also, it is nearly impossible in my opinion to not have some part of your sleeping bag touching the side walls, especially if you are side sleeper, in which case your knees and sometimes butt will be touching most of the time (and Im a small guy). This will increase the leaking issue a lot and unless you can lay perfectly still on your back in the same position, your gonna touch the walls at some point.

This bivy also has been weighed by others on reviews (not on this site) and it seems to weigh 4 oz more then advertised. This makes this a pretty heavy non waterproof bivy.

has room at the head for a 38 liter pack and under. perhaps larger but dont know.

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Fitztravels wrote an answer about on June 4, 2013

it depends.

for long term in the field use, i would suggest using a 30 to 45 degree synthetic sleeping bag as an overbag, or get a cottage manufacturer quilt in the same degree range. This will not only add degrees to your 0 degree down bag, but more importantly, moisture from your body prespiring at night will be trapped inside the synthetic instead of the down bag, which is easier to manage, dry, etc.. if you put a synthetic inside your 0 degree down bag, the odds are that your moisture will cool down passing through the synthetic, and freeze inside the down bag, which will cause problems after continous days of use and cause clumping eventually which will make you have to wash the entire bag.

in a pinch, perhaps for a day or two, you could use this as a liner though without any negative consequences to your down. It should add around 7 degrees to your rating.

i would only use this as an overbag for moisture management in extreme cold situations, and not rely on it that much for temperature boost, hence me suggesting a warmer synthetic for that.

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Fitztravels wrote a question about on October 16, 2012

It looks like, from the photo's, that at the bottom where you can put your sleeping pad, that those straps are very short. Has anyone who owns this had problems with big pads being able to fit?

Also i can't tell from the photo, but on the front compartment, does the zipper go all the way down on one side, or is it just a short zipper accesss from the top? Also, it doesnt look like there is a very big pocket on the lid. How big is it? Does anyone have any clue or guess at how many L the main compartment can hold - not inlcuding all the pockets?

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