Jul 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm #1237614
Just finished this bivy with some materials from questoutfitters. 1.1oz silnylon floor, 1.1oz uncoated nylon top and noseeum netting. comes out to exactly 6oz on my scale. It could have been lighter with a momentum top, but the nylon was cheaper, and this was my first big project so I figured I wouldn't use the expensive stuff.Jul 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm #1512799
tkkn cBPL Member
@tkkncLocale: Desert Rat in the Southwest
Looks good, how long did you make it?Jul 8, 2009 at 7:41 pm #1512803
Looks nice – what other shelter(s) are you planning on using the bivy with? My gut says watch out for spray on the bivy because of the lack of dwr on the nylon top.Jul 9, 2009 at 6:51 am #1512880
It took around 4 hours to cut and sew. I sealed the seems later.
I plan to use it under an MLD monk tarp that I got here on gear swap. The description of the fabric on quest says that it does have a DWR, but I doubt that it is very "R". I haven't tried it with any rain yet, so we will see.
I got in it in the backyard yesterday when I shot the photos and it kept the mosquito swarms at bay, but boy was it toasty in there.Jul 9, 2009 at 6:56 am #1512883
Walter CarringtonBPL Member
Matt, Some [most?] 1.1 oz uncoated nylon has a DWR.
Try dripping some water on it and see if the water beads up. If it beads up it has a DWR. Some fabric-DWR combos are better than others.
http://questoutfitters.com/uncoated_fabrics.htm#Uncoated Fabrics has 1.1 oz uncoated with a DWR.Jul 9, 2009 at 7:00 am #1512884
I just put some scrap fabric under the running tap and the water was repelled quite well. I even made a little pool and it did not seep through at all. I hope the DWR doesn't affect the breathability too adversely.Jul 9, 2009 at 7:29 am #1512887
John Paul ReidMember
How do you get in that? I have just bought the instructions for this bivy and was wondering if I could tweak the plans for a side opening.Jul 9, 2009 at 7:42 am #1512890
I run and dive head first, hoping that I have enough speed to get my head to the other end of it. Kidding.
I get my pad and bag in there and just sort of start shimmying in. It's not the easiest, but it's also not a huge ordeal. There is enough room in there that I can wiggle myself in without too much hassle. You could definitely add a side zip. I just didn't want to hassle with sewing a zipper. Maybe on the next one.Jul 9, 2009 at 8:41 am #1512905
Good to know. I got worried there for a second.
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