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Ben S.

Ben S.

Ben S.

Ben S.wrote a review of on October 11, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this bivy. Yes, it's small and cramped, hard to get in and out of, but you know that when you're buying a bivy bag. The structure is great, and the headroom is adequate for a smaller individual like myself. Overall good minimalist solo shelter.

My biggest complaint is that the lack of space brings the shelter in contact with even a light sleeping bag, compressing the fluff and causing cold spots for your legs and lower torso. I've tried a few different things to keep it off, including propping my shoes upright at the toe end (much easier said than done), nothing seems to work.

This is supposed to be four season, but it doesn't make sense with low-rated sleeping bags because of this flaw.

The unfortunately discontinued tripod bivy, on the other hand, is perfect.

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Ben S.

Ben S.wrote a review of on October 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Why on earth did they stop making this?

I found mine used (and slightly abused) off eBay after loving and hating my bipod (which I got new from Backcountry). Let me explain what this thing has over the bipod:

• Your whole body length is physically separated from the shelter, even if you're wearing a lofty bag with an inflated mattress under you. Lofty bags lose insulating ability when even slightly compressed, so the separation seriously helps warmth. My torso and feet would often be cold in the bipod because of this.

• It has space, even under your feet. Put most of your gear in a weightless garbage bag and feel at home in this thing. Not claustrophobic, unlike bipod.

• It's much more thoroughly sealed than the bipod (which is well sealed to begin with).

• Most of the setup can be done externally without opening the shelter, huge plus if it's raining or stormy. Setup is also easier than the bipod despite more pieces: less stuff to stretch and contort.

• Adorable little gear pocket inside!

Now you'll often hear people say get a tent instead of a glorified bivy. They're correct up to a point: if you look at tents of comparable (or less) weight, you have some spacious options. However, none of these (with exception of Hilleberg Akto) are bombproof or four season. This thing you can use pretty much anywhere, just match it with the right sleeping bag.

Yes, it weighs more, but you get what you pay for. After using this thing, I see that for four seasons normal ultralight bivy bags defeat the purpose: you need a heavier sleeping bag to deal with loss of loft.

Black Diamond: are you listening? Please make these again, please please please :->. Jack up the price, "modernize" it to appeal to this generation, and keep making this wonderful thing. There's really nothing quite like it on the market as of this writing.

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