The North Face Asylum Bivy
Price Paid: Aust $220
Small footprint, good headspace for a bivy, under a kilo. Hoop pole at foot end, with ventilation, nice touch.
- Head space
- Sizeable mesh panel for added ventilation in warm weather.
- Condensation in cold, still conditions.
- Dampness gets into down bag.
The North Face Asylum Bivy is relatively roomy, particularly in the head end. I've only used it once so far, in damp, cool weather, and the fabric seemed to cope well.
Very quick to set up, the two poles give it structure that most bivies lack. I used a small tarp fly to give me some additional shelter for cooking etc, but the weight of the Asylum is such that you can afford to carry a fly for when the weather is iffy, and it gives you more usable space than the vestibule on any one-man tent.
I won't be giving up using my MSR Zoid for most of my hiking, but when culling weight is crucial, the Asylum will be my shelter of choice. Yet to be tested in heavy rain!
Update Aug 2012:
Still happy with the bivy, when you need to save space and weight. Used in conditions where there is some breeze, condensation is not a problem at all. In cold (0° Celcius) but still conditions however, with main side panel zipped up, there was considerable dampness which dampened my down bag. In such conditions, taking a synthetic bag may be a better option.
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Waking up to find your bivy sack in a puddle can bring your body and mind to the breaking point. That's why The North Face developed the three-season Asylum Bivy with highly water-resistant and breathable DryWall fabric. New for 2011, this lightweight, single-wall fabric prevents spring showers from getting in thanks to its fully taped seams and PU-coated floor. In addition to repelling the elements, DryWall fabic is also exceptionally breathable to prevent unwanted condensation during summer nights.
Gossamer poled bivy features ground-breaking DryWall fabric that's flame retardant, breathable, water-resistant, and super lightweight. One-person tent is super skinny, weighing in at just 1 lb 10 oz.
- The North Face
Description of The North Face Asylum BivyGossamer poled bivy features ground-breaking DryWall fabric thats flame retardant, breathable, water-resistant, and super lightweight. One-person tent is super skinny, weighing in at just 1 lb 10 oz.FeaturesDryWall proprietary single skin Door and footbox venting Fully seam-taped canopy and floor Best-in-class construction DAC Ball Cap brow attachment Handy loop for hanging headlamps and accessories DAC stakesCapacity 1DryWall canopy 50D polyester ripstop, 1.9 ozyd 67 gm, 1200 mm hydrostatic head, 869 gm 24h MVTR ASTM E96BFloor Area 16 ft 1.5 mFloor 50D 270T nylon taffeta, 2.3 ozyd 78 gm, 3000 mm PU coating, water-resistant finish20D polyester no-see-um meshTrail Weight 1 lb 10 oz 0.73 kgImported
- US Outdoor Store
The North Face Asylum Bivy will provide one person a lightweight, waterproof shelter good in almost any conditions. The DAC aluminum frame provides a sturdy frame for the bivy which means that you will actually have room to think. The DryWall fabric used in the bivy's construction means that condensation issues will be kept to a minimum because it is not only waterproof but breathable too. The North Face's proprietary fabric will amaze you with it's efficiency and how less clammy you feel in this than on other bivys made of let's say some expensive laminate. Mesh vents in the footbox and near the entrance make the Asylum a true pleasure to use. It even has an inner mesh flap so that on nice nights you can just zip the mesh closed and let more air in and or stargaze if you would like.Sleeps 1All seams are factory sealedFull coverage outer fabric (DryWall), is waterproof/breathable, completely protects the tent from the weather and has venting options for increased comfortDryWall fabric saves weight, is waterproof, breathable and has a greater tear strength than other tent materialsHeavy duty floor is tough and durableDAC FeatherLite NSL aluminum poles with varying pole diameters are lightweight and reliable and provide more interior volume than competitors polesCombo sleeve and clip system is fast and reliable to set up or take downVenting in the door and footboxSmall pack size is convenient and efficient for packingPost and grommet for easy set upAll carry sacks and stakes includedIncludes convenient flashlight loop on the ceilingFire retardantImport