Black Diamond Winter Bivy
Price Paid: $99.99
I bought this bag to protect my down sleeping bag in a snow cave. @ the end of the night, there was certainly some condensation inside, but the bag was relatively dry.
I love that it is very light weight and plan on using it as my shelter on an ultralight excursion this summer.
Ease of Setup: a joke getting into
Weight: light enough for 3 season packing
Price Paid: retail from BD
Although this is a winter bivy there was no chance of putting my bag in it. -40F would and could not loft. Could barely get in and out due to the ridiculous configuration of the hood. Thank goodness I sent it back and got a bigger bivy or else I would still be trying to get into it. It isn't just the BD bivy, I also tried the REI, Mountain Hardwear, and Sierra Designs - all are not winter bivies but closer to a 3-season option instead of a solo tent.
Settled in on the OR Advanced. Wide enough for the bag and easy to get into to get warm. Would maybe think about it in a pinch for an early-spring late-fall trip with a 20F+ bag where I was in no threat of getting cold while I attempted to get into it.
Ease of Setup: very difficult to get zipped
I bought it for the price and weight and the BD/Bibler name. Very light with ample space for my -40f down bag, however, very difficult to get in and out of due to the positioning of the zipper. Also, zipper constantly gets snagged on fabric as the surrounding fabric has not been stiffened. I had to have my wife help me get the top portion of the bivy over head of sleeping bag and zipped shut. As far as I am concerned a completely worthless design. Buy something else!!!
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The Winter Bivy was previously known as the Bibler Winter Bivy.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Description of Bibler Winter Bivy Emerse yourself within this Bibler Winter bivy and emerge the next morning as if your were in your own bed. Designed for cold weather excurssions this super lightweight Bibler Bivy with sort you out. FeaturesLarge zippered entryEPIC fabric for weight savingSimple bivy sack design
- US Outdoor Store
Designed as both a minimalist bivy sack and a winter sleeping bag cover, Biblers Winter Bivy adds water-resistance and warmth to any situation.
Black Diamond designed the Winter Bivy with EPIC fabric to be an ultra-lightweight, minimalist bivy sack or winter sleeping bag cover. The Winter Bivy by Black Diamond is so small it fits in a jacket pocket that you'll really appreciate on the trail.
- Mountain Gear
A cold-weather Superlight bivy sack, the versatile Winter Bivy is built from water-resistant Epic by Nextec fabric that keeps weight at an absolute minimum and packs down incredibly small, so you can tuck it away for an emergency shelter or add it to your gear as a sleeping bag cover. Built with a zippered entry across the shoulders, it's easy to get into and use while sitting up.