The North Face Backpack Bivy
Design: bivy with poles
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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On Sale. Free Shipping. The North Face Backpack Bivy - 1 Person Tent (Fall 2010) FEATURES of the Backpack Bivy - 1 Person Tent by The North Face Fully taped Expedition weight nylon bucket floor PU port Ultralight MicroClip pitch DAC stakes with pull cord HyVent DT waterproof breathable shell High-low venting DAC Featherlite NSL poles Expedition-weight floor Easy-to-use Ball Cap clips on brow pole ends Comprehensive color-coded pitch system Crystal clear PU window allows weather watching Fully taped bathtub floor Imported SPECIFICATIONS: Fabric: Canopy: HyVent DT 40D nylon ripstop Floor: 70D 210T nylon taffeta, 10000 PU coating Floor Area: 18.5 ft2 / 1.73 m2 Trail Weight: 1 lb 14 oz / 0.85 kg Capacity: 1 Person Poles: 2 Poles Diameter: 8.0 mm, 8.5 mm, 9.0 mm Stuffed Size: 16.5in. x 5in. / 42 cm x 13 cm Total Weight: 2 lb / 0.91 kg This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
This poled bivy merges the line between a single-walled solo tent and a bivy. Fore and aft poles keep the top shell completely off of your sleeping bag. 18.5 sq. ft.
Versatile and stable for use in foul-conditions, this two-poled bivy features HyVent DT shell that s waterproof and breathable. Mated with an expedition weight floor, and color-coded Featherlite poles, this lodge for one features a crystal clear, waterproof window to watch passing wildlife outside.
- The North Face
Versatile and stable for use in foul-conditions, The North Face Backpacking Bivy is a two-poled bivy that features HyVent(TM) DT shell that's waterproof and breathable. Mated to an expedition weight floor, and color-coded Featherlite(TM) poles, this lodge for one features a crystal clear, waterproof window to watch passing wildlife outside.
- Altrec Outdoors