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ecu4175777 wrote a review of on August 23, 2011

1 5

Pros: Light, easy to setup, fit and finish seems to be pretty nice.

Cons: Condensation builds up at the foot of this thing. I took this out on a night where there was a heavy dew by morning. I think because the foot of the bivy is vented, and the way the mini vestibule protrudes out from the foot to stake it properly, that it collected much of the dew into the foot of the tent. It didn't rain that night, but by the time it was morning, I had moisture just dripping from the inside of the tent at the foot. It got my bag and pad all wet. I slept with just the mesh zipped closed, and the fly door open. Temps got down to the low 50s. I also used the footprint with this. Pack weight with the 6 stakes, two poles, tent and ground cloth came it at 2.5 lbs! For another $150 there are some much better looking ultra light, 2 person options out there, that are only a couple ounces more and provide way more room to keep your pack and boots dry.

All in all, this is not the solution I was looking for. I have had a couple of North Face products go south on me lately, and I think I will avoid all of their products in the future.

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ecu4175777 wrote a review of on August 10, 2011

4 5

I have taken this bag out a couple times, and am pretty happy with it. It's not an inexpensive bag to be sure, but I have slept on an inflatable pad, on frozen ground at 10F and did just fine. I am a warm sleeper, so with a liner I didn't even end up zipping the bag all the way up. I am 6'2", about 210lbs, and thought the long version of this was not restrictive. I did notice in the morning on one outing where condensation had soaked through the tent a bit, and looked to have slightly made it through membrane exterior, but I had probably rubbed the wet tent with my feet all night. Other than that, I would say it's a solid piece of gear. Worth the expense.

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ecu4175777 wrote a review of on August 10, 2011

2 5

I bought this pad hoping for good things. It's a tad heavy, but at the time I was backpacking during the winter and wanted some insulation. I have used this pad on 2 different trips, one a 4 day outing and one a 3 day. I have never had a night with it that I didn't have to wake up in the middle of the night to re-inflate the thing a couple times. I am not sure if it is because of the air condensing after cooling down, or if it leaks, but I always end up on the ground in this thing. It doesn't make for a restful night. I am 6'2", about 210 lbs. I bought the wide/long. I haven't checked it for a leak yet with some soapy water, but I will. I finally ended up getting a therm-a-rest trail lite. It stays tight as a drum all night.

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