Feb 22, 2009 at 9:13 am #1234251
Ive kept this on the back burner for like a year, I just kept putting off not wanting to deal with all that measuring required for the canopy.
But, I finally sat down and went to work making a pattern and measuring out those arches and Im very glad I did.
I worried a little it might be a tad small ( Im 5'11" 190 lbs) but happily its just right, considering its really a summer bivy and so only needs to hold a summer quilt. The netting starts at little over waist height- higher if I scoot down into the bivy more. I think one could easily shorten the zipper since a zipper that goes from one shoulder -over the head and stops at the waist is plenty. Because of all that zipper I thought it would weight more -but I was pleasantly surprised.
Final weight….7.5 oz!
Thats with a Momentum top, silnylon bottom, and nanoseeum canopy.
I think it will be pretty sweet this summer.
Feb 22, 2009 at 9:43 am #1479755
@beepLocale: Land of 11, 842 lakes
Very nice! From the pics you did a nice job!Feb 22, 2009 at 9:49 am #1479757
Ya, its a simple matter of sewing, getting out the seam ripper and this time sewing it correctly! ;)Feb 22, 2009 at 9:56 am #1479759
Jim ColtenBPL Member
KUDOS! Very nice … 7.5oz is not bad for some splash protection and full bug protection.Feb 22, 2009 at 10:48 am #1479776
Roger BBPL Member
Well done, convinces me that I need to get the sewing machine out and just do it instead of thinking about it.Feb 22, 2009 at 11:09 am #1479780
Good job on the bivy. I do hope you enjoy using it!
I would like to note that we'll be going into production on the Meteor Bivy in the next few weeks. It's been requested frequently over the last few years so, I'm finally caving in and producing it.
The pattern is basically unchanged except for a few minor tweaks. I'll also be keeping the plans up on the internet so if anyone wants they can still make their own.
So anyone who wants a Meteor Bivy but doesn't want to sew, your wait will be pretty short.
Six Moon DesignsFeb 22, 2009 at 11:27 am #1479783
Wow thanks Ron, It means a lot coming from you.
I'm glad to see it going into production.
I think its another win for Sixmoon Designs!Feb 22, 2009 at 11:46 am #1479786
@openspaceLocale: Upstate New York
Great job on the bivy, it looks like a professional job.
That is great to hear that you will producing the meteor bivy. I've had the plans for about 2 years, but didn't really want to tackle it. The meteor looks like the perfect balance between function and weight for the kind of camping I do (mostly lean-to camping in the buggy Adirondacks). Based on the original post though, I'm a little concerned about it being big enough for my lofty -20 deg winter bag. Will you offer different sizes (maybe a summer and winter version) or will it be one size fits all?Feb 22, 2009 at 1:13 pm #1479809
I'm the same height as Brian with a few extra pounds. The bivy should work fine with your standard 20 degree bag. I'm not sure about a -20 degree bag. That's a lot of insulation.
It was designed to be larger than your typical bivy. With a wider floor and more top material. In general bivies are pretty closely cut to the size of sleeping bags. However, I wanted something that would be larger to make it easier to regulate temperature.
This is especially true in warmer temps where you're opening and closing your bag frequently through the night to get the right temperature balance. If the bivy is too small, it's dificult to push the sleeping bag aside when needed.
For colder temps a smaller bag is better, but then bugs and hot nights aren't an issue.
RonFeb 23, 2009 at 7:29 am #1480019
@bearded1Locale: Pacific Northwest
Beautifully made. Looks like a real winner.Feb 23, 2009 at 9:34 am #1480045
Jim W.BPL Member
"I wanted something that would be larger to make it easier to regulate temperature. This is especially true in warmer temps where you're opening and closing your bag frequently through the night to get the right temperature balance. If the bivy is too small, it's dificult to push the sleeping bag aside when needed. "
I hear you there. Last summer I took a trip with a zipperless Early Winters Gore-Tex bivy that I hadn't used in 20 years and 30 pounds (I'm 180 pounds, 5'10"). I also had a big puffy North Face Blue Kazoo. On warm nights (around 50 degrees) I couldn't get away from the sleeping bag and ended up sleeping on top of the bivy instead.Mar 1, 2009 at 5:56 pm #1481823
Jeff CadorinBPL Member
@jeffcadorinLocale: paper beats rock
Ron, is there a way to hoist the bug netting up in the gatewood with already existing tabs? If not could there be an option to add something to accommodate this setup? Is there even enough room to raise the netting?Mar 3, 2009 at 11:37 pm #1482542
down 200g,biby,mesh=YuubariMar 4, 2009 at 5:28 am #1482566
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