Marmot Home Alone Bivy...
Uh its a bivy, um no its a tent...Well not really sure what you want to call it but the name has bivy in it; so lets go with that. What it comes down to, is its a very light weight hybrid that is made for 3 1/2 season camping. It has durability and a simplistic design, lacking only perhaps one well talked about feature. Plus if you have any experience in backpacking or your just milling around REI; you realize a company like Marmot is in the upper tier of tent (Uh sorry, bivy) making. This product falls right in line with that.
The Home alone bivy is just about featherweight as you can get. Comes with one pole that is a basically a hoop cut in half. It's a non-freestanding rainproof, windproof tube like structure. Durable enough for one antsy sleeping camper (me) on a bed of pointy lava rocks at 9900 ft. We are talking "membrane-strata" laminate on light weight nylon. Packable down to something virtually unnoticeable in your bag. The mesh door allows you to gaze at the stars while reducing the chance of condensation. Close the flap, but not all the way in case of rain and know you are going to be good and dry for the evening. Teriffic just sitting out a southwestern monsoon before trekking onward.
Seven stakes (you can get away with 5) in all so setup does take a little bit of time compared to a freestanding tent or bivy sack. Be prepared for getting a routine down and staying down for the night. It's a bivy with a pole so the head room is not too grand but it has a lot of space length wise. All and all minimal sacrifices for a ultra light option.
Just a vent in the foot box area would cure condensation for good. A little wetness does develop around the feet when the foot box is not raised. In a rain storm though, its going to be worse. Some people have even gone to extreme measures and created a mesh vent and flap of their own.
Well if you didn't get the point from the commercial above lol...I love this bivy and I don't think it will ever be left out of my bag. When you are out there and have to rely on your choices of what gear you picked. A smile wil come cross your face knowing this was indeed the right choice. When worried about setting up camp as night was quickly falling in Jordan Canyon. The fact I could get myself, sleeping bag and pad in there, then pull in my 58+ liter pack in as my pillow; helped me relax for a tense bear sniffing night. Nuff said.go get it :-)