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Josette_Te575701

Colden, NY

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Josette_Te575701wrote a review of on May 29, 2016

5 5

Got this for bushwhacking hikes where a tent would be too big. I used it last weekend and really liked the ease of getting it out and being ready- much lighter and easier than a tent. I'd read about some pros and cons with this bivy, so here goes in reference to some of them.
1. Design and roominess- I found it to be quite roomy; I get to feeling easily bound up with my feet and there was plenty of room for flipping over and the such. I kept a change of clothes in the bag with me along with my phone and bear spray/whistle. I am 5'4 and 130 lbs, but I bet that someone with average height and build would be fine.
2. Condensation- I don't know that I got to test this fairly as it was 50 degree sleeping weather. I slept with my mummy bag open and didn't sweat much. However, one other co-hiker noted that his bivy got pretty wet, so maybe there's something to that...
3. Ventilation- I never had to fully close down the hood, but slept with the bug shield and never felt smothered. I did note, however, that the hood kept falling over onto my face, so it would need to be staked open to keep it lifted. Further, I placed something at the bottom end to keep that area lifted off the feet, and it was quite airy.
4. Amenities- I hadn't noted that there was a little pocket- so that was a bonus. It's only 3 x 5", but that's enough to keep little things from floating all over your bag. Also- the sleeping pad straps really work. We were on a bit of a slope- so I slid a little, but the pad stayed in place.

This bivy is not an eye catcher- but it has great features. In fact, when my husband saw it, he quickly went and ordered one for this last trip, since it was so much nicer than his current bivy.

So far, it's a Five star for me...

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Josette_Te575701wrote a review of on October 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

OK, so I have to admit I love organizer bags. So, when it came to backpacking, I would always have the annoyance of having to put toiletries in plastic baggies. I was browsing one day and ran across this- couldn't believe that while the bag was 7 x 5", it still weighed less than 3 oz. I was very pleased to find that it was all true. I love using this when backpacking- and having something I can hang on a branch with personal items and first aid. It also worked out super on the Milford Track, where weight/size was a bit of a consideration with the smaller pack that I took. And- most recently- it was a lifesaver when I was counting ounces with a trip to Victoria, BC. We took a seaplane, where they were REALLY serious about the 10 kg/22lb weight limit of all my bags combined (would have been relegated back to baggies...). I've probably used the bag a dozen times and though lightweight, the zippers and seams are holding up well. Love this little bag...

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Josette_Te575701wrote a review of on October 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

Somehow, my husband and I end up skiing in foggy conditions a fair amount, so I am always looking for bright jackets. This one did not disappoint. It is somewhat of a Neon pink/coral. It is also well designed with flat lying pockets and pit-zips. It is slightly form-fitted, though not overly so- enough to allow free movement, but not enough to look like a lingerie model.
One issue that I have found with Spyder, is that the sizes run small. I wear 4-6 in clothing and found that the size 8 is too small. It is proportional, though, so I am sure the "10" will work just fine; I am a bit curvy, though not overly big in the chest. The sleeves are a good length- I am 5'4" with wide shoulders/longer arms, so they would probably work for someone taller as well.

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Josette_Te575701wrote a review of on June 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was using the same down mummy that I had used for years. It was fine.. until I bought my husband a Mountain Hardwear Phantom for Christmas; it was so wonderfully light that I had mummy-envy. I decided on a Phantasia 32 as most of my hiking is 3-season, and I have liners for colder weather. I used it several weeks ago for a hike into the Adirondacks...setting up in the rain. The bag was warm and remained dry- no dampness like my last bag. Further- I have issues with over-heating @ night- but it seems as if this bag has more breathability. I really had minimal issues with awaking in a sweat. The bag packs down to nothing and truly does weigh in < 2 lbs. I was so happy to be able to get the bag at such a great price in time for my trip- Backcountry shipping pulled through again (got it to me in 2 business days).
I purchased the regular size. I am 5'3-1/2" and weigh about 130# as a reference. I don't like feeling confined and was very comfortable in this bag. I'll never backpack without it again!

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Josette_Te575701wrote a review of on July 10, 2012

5 5

This is my 3 rd pair of Asolo Styngers. I bought my first pair 7-8 years ago and- just as advertised- I was ready to hike in them "out of the box". I had a problem with the Gortex waterproof-ability, so Asolo replaced them free. The second pair fit just as well. I went for my third pair and the sizing is a little different; My foot is a true size 6.5 wide, but I will often go to a 7-7.5 shoe. I have a narrow heel and wide forefoot. The last pair of Styngers I had was a size 7 (which is either 38/39 Euro). I tried 2 pairs which were listed as 39. These were huge. I went back to the 38 (listed as a size 6.5) which were perfect. I would guess that with a normal width foot you should go 1/2 to 1 size smaller. I was able to do a 6-peak, 16.5 mile hike in them after only wearing them a few times prior for short periods as "break-in".
Incidentally, Backcountry.com sent me all 3 pairs with free shipping and returns due to the fit issues.

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