The North Face Backpack Bivy
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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.
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
Solid piece, can't wait to use it.
- Easy to set up
- Taped seams and weatherproof
- Nice and small for backpacking, bicycling tours, kayaking, or motorcycle camping
- No netting to open it up when it gets hot.
- Also rear arch pole is too long from the factory and as such it will snap forcing it into the grommet.
I bought this like new with a snapped rear arch pole from an Ebay seller. Came with everything as new.
Simple fix, right? I have a sack full of aluminum pole remnants from dead tents in case I need to fabricate a missing pole.
Well, following the length of the original poles I cracked the center pole twice, just as the original pole was.
I'm like, WHAT GIVES???
So I shortened the center of the three poles by an inch and it took like it was made for it. Can't wait to use it.
Only thing is I need to figure out how to install netting and another zipper for the opening so it will be comfortable after a rain or when the nights get hot.
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $35
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