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The North Face Backpack Bivy

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Bought this for fastpacking and have used it about…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: bivy with poles
Sleeps: 1
Ease of Setup: the rear hoop is a bit tough to get set, I think the pole is just a tad too long; other than that - 2 minutes
Weight: 1 pound 13 ounces
Price Paid: $199.95

Bought this for fastpacking and have used it about 6 nights over the AT in CT/MA and NH.

Pros: easy to set up, packs down very small, lightweight

Cons: no bug netting, requires at least 2 stakes, little ventilation

This bivy is about 85% of everything I'd like in a lightweight solo. I was stuck in it for a 12 hour downpour and it kept me completely dry (I did seamseal it before going out). The fabric does tend to stretch out a bit a few hours after the bivy is initially set up and if you don't re-tighten you'll feel the fabric on your legs.

If it incorporated some king of bug netting allowing you to open the front a bit and somehow eliminated the need for stakes I'd give it 5 stars. This winter I think I'm taking it to a seamstress to add the bug netting, but for this summer, I bought a large square of netting and I just drape it over the unzippered opening.

Don't expect to get your backpack or an animal in it with you, there isn't enough room. I'm 6' and fit fine.

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The North Face Backpack Bivy

Discontinued

The Backpack Bivy has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$118.95 - $199.00

The North Face Backpack Bivy is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen August 2, 2012 at Backcountry.com.

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