Mar 27, 2014 at 10:09 pm #1314912
My spinnshelter is on its way, still have a dillema which bivy to pair up with it.
I am fairly athletic 6'2" 205 lb restless sleeper and cant make up my mind whether to go with wide Borah Gear bug bivy or go for custom made wider one. I toss and turn whole night usually sleeping on side with my legs in figure 4.
Also, is fully protected bivy an overkill for Spinnshelter in the summer?
Cheers, NickMar 28, 2014 at 7:23 am #2086991
Justin CBPL Member
@paintballr4lifeLocale: East Coast
I had a Spinnshelter and it paired nicely with my MLD serenity shelter.Mar 28, 2014 at 7:44 am #2087003
@pastyj-2-2Locale: SE US
I'm not a bivy guy, but that said was VERY impressed with the Katabatic Bristlecone I had. Can't imagine a better made, higher quality bivy. I'm 6'1" 220lbs and went with the long wide. I could get dressed-undressed in that thing. SO much room.
If I were to do it over again I'd get the regular wide. On second thought, I would go for a net inner like the MLD Bug Bivy or the Yama 1.25. Both are super high quality gear.Mar 28, 2014 at 8:04 am #2087009
Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
I wrested with this question when looking at bug protection for my Gatewood Cape.
A bivy isn't needed, but bug protection is welcome in season. The Serenity net tent for the Gatewood is 8oz and $120— nearly as much as the Gatewood at 11oz and $135.
I looked at light bivies and got a Titanium Goat Ptarmigan with the head end insect screen at 4.8oz and retailing for $100 (I got min used). I can use the bivy for cowboy camping and with my poncho as well as the Gatewood. It is lighter and far easier to deploy, simply needing a cord to keep the mesh off my face if desired. I don't do much hot weather camping and the bivy does give an extra layer of protection for the cool wet camping that is more typical for me. It allows a slightly lighter summer bag or extends the warmth of my shoulder season bag.
It doesn't have the room of a net inner and could be less comfortable in hot weather.
My $0.02Mar 28, 2014 at 10:19 am #2087054
Depends on the location of your trip? Btw, do you bivy users experience any appreciable condensation on your bag from using the bivy?Mar 29, 2014 at 6:44 am #2087335
@pastyj-2-2Locale: SE US
>>Btw, do you bivy users experience any appreciable condensation on your bag from using the bivy?
Yep. That was (only) one of the reasons why I went to a ZPacks Duplex :)
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