Sep 13, 2007 at 11:55 am #1225036
That is the question.
MLD's site says "Wide: For use with really wide bags or internal use of thick internal pads" on their Superlight Bivy.
I haven't used a bivy before. Would a JacksRBetter No Sniveller and a ProLite 3 count as a "wide bag" or a "thick pad"? Or are we talking 0 degree bags with 2" pads?Sep 13, 2007 at 12:59 pm #1402084
todd harperBPL Member
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
FWIW, I've used my NS along w/a 20"wide Thermarest inside an Equinox bivy just perfectly. I'm 6'1" and appreciated the extra room, not to mention what you probably already know: that a bivy virtually eliminates drafts when using a quilt.
Still prefer a hammock, though:)Sep 13, 2007 at 1:05 pm #1402086
Do they make hammocks that can hang from sagebrush yet? I go hiking in Southern Utah's red rock country alot and would love to try the hammock thing. lol!Sep 13, 2007 at 1:20 pm #1402088
Not sagebrush, of course, but from the rocks themselves, yes. all sorts of climbing hardware works for this.Sep 13, 2007 at 1:58 pm #1402091
@burkestLocale: Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
I have a wide superlight bivy that I use with a GG 1/8" thinlight, montbell UL 90 pad, and a REI 30 degree subkilo. I am glad that I went with the wide option. If the bivy was any narrower there would start to be loft compression in the foot area.Sep 13, 2007 at 2:04 pm #1402092
MLD normal sizing have been reported to be slim.
Maybe ask Ron Bell directly.
I would suggest the wider option because it allows better breathability within the bag, allows to stock stuff inside the bag in case, and does not compress down.Sep 13, 2007 at 2:17 pm #1402095
I just placed my order – maybe I'll e-mail him and add the wide option.
Are there any disadvantages to having a roomier bivy (except the .4oz weight gain – I'll cut my toothbrush in half again to make that up)?Sep 13, 2007 at 3:32 pm #1402104
@pa_jayLocale: on the move....
I used to have a regular-width MLD bivy. I'd definitely recommend the wide option, and I'm a pretty skinny guy. With a 76-77" girth, I can sit up comfortably inside for eating, foot care, map juggling, etc. That makes for a much more livable arrangement.
The main disadvantages are the greater airspace to keep warm, and greater convective heat loss if you toss and turn alot – but neither are especially noticeable compared to a narrower cut, IME.
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