Integral Designs Wedge eVENT Bivy REVIEW
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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Integral Designs Wedge eVENT Bivy REVIEW on 06/01/2010 13:49:39 MDT Print View

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Integral Designs Wedge eVENT Bivy REVIEW

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Integral Designs Wedge eVENT Bivy REVIEW on 06/01/2010 14:41:03 MDT Print View

I wonder how one could rig up a siltarp as a vestibule for less weight. At least for entry and exit in the rain.

Alex Gilman
(Vertigo) - F

Locale: Washington
Neat Idea on 06/01/2010 14:59:04 MDT Print View

Though it sounds like for the weight you could actually get to hang out in a full on 2P tent like a BD HiLight. Which during a winter storm would ptobably be more comfy. I wonder how this thing does if it snows over 2 feet at night. I hope it's not like being burried alive.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Integral Designs Wedge eVENT Bivy REVIEW on 06/01/2010 14:59:42 MDT Print View

Perhaps use trekking poles instead of the easton pole? Wouldn't be as pretty but might be just as effective.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
ID Wedge on 06/01/2010 16:26:00 MDT Print View

If I needed a bomber solo shelter I would take this over the Akto, no question.

With respect to the Hilight - my only issue would be:

a.) length - the BD is very short
b.) low hydrostatic head. Nice to know eVENT is waterproof to 10,000mm (I think)
c.) not as breathable with the new fabric.

@ Doug - I'm done with pretty things in the backcountry...; )
(hope everything is okay)

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Re: Integral Designs Wedge eVENT Bivy REVIEW on 06/01/2010 16:42:52 MDT Print View

Nice, but boodly expensive.

Bill (L.Dog) Garlinghouse
(WJGhouse) - MLife

Locale: Western Michigan
Why wouldn't I on 06/01/2010 18:32:08 MDT Print View

Get an MSR Hubba HP at 2 lbs, 9 ozs, with more headroom, for $350?

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Wedge on 06/01/2010 18:45:21 MDT Print View

In terms of room, the Hubba HP is much narrower. Of course, it's trail weight is also higher than the 2lbs, 9oz because you add pegs and guys. Because it has a narrow yet tall profile, it would not be as wind effective as the wide squat stance of the Wedge. I also can't see it supporting snow nearly as well as the Wedge. Maybe someone else can chime in.

What I would like to see is a pic of Doug sitting at the entrance (door open of course) to get a sense of the size of this shelter.

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Wedge on 06/01/2010 21:18:17 MDT Print View

dddfewree

Hope this gives a better idea David.

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Why wouldn't I on 06/01/2010 22:09:57 MDT Print View

That makes sense William for most applications. Where this tent has few equals is above the treeline in an alpine environment with crazy weather. Serious summit bids are its forte due to the amazing wind stability and single wall design. I agree though, that other tents definitely give more usable space for less money or less weight. For average backpacking or lowland winter use, this wouldn't be my first choice. But what it's good at, it's REALLY good at.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Wedge on 06/01/2010 22:11:33 MDT Print View

Great - thanks Doug. Wide shelter!

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Neat Idea on 06/01/2010 22:16:55 MDT Print View

Alex- I had it in heavy snowfall of about 1.5 feet one night. It didn't collapse but the flat roof is not the best for shedding snow. Definitely better than most bivies though!

Compared to the HiLight (which I've never used but I had a Lighthouse for several years), this tent will have much less usable space but will be more breathable and fully waterproof. It also is a heavier, more durable fabric. The Wedge is much more of an alpine assault-style shelter. They have different niches in my opinion. I think it's best to compare the Integral Designs Wedge to the Rab bivies for a closer comparison.

Thanks!
Doug

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
RE:Integral Designs Wedge eVENT Bivy REVIEW on 06/01/2010 22:17:35 MDT Print View

Doug. Given the conditions that you camp in would you buy one?

christopher culvern
(culcn) - F
event compared to gore-tex on 06/02/2010 11:32:02 MDT Print View

How does the event material in this bivy compare to the gore-tex material in, say, the OR bivy line?

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Door opening on 06/02/2010 12:12:00 MDT Print View

Thanks for the review.
I really wanted to like this shelter, and came very close to buying one.
Unfortunately, the door killed it for me. A storm shelter that only opens from the roof seems crazy to me. If it was possible to open the door from the floor upwards, i would have one in a minute. In the conditions i would use this in, the inside could become a swimming pool in a very short time. The optional vestibule seems like an afterthought, and is too much of a weak point in really testing conditions.
And why would i need bug netting in a storm shelter? I really want one of these, if only ID would only tweak the design.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Wedge on 06/02/2010 12:21:25 MDT Print View

Mike - I think the bug screen is needed in conditions where you camp at lower elevations prior to getting to higher ones. In the Canadian Rockies, for example, even at 8000 ft before you are above treeline the biting, flying insects are unbearable. I wonder if the screen is removable?

@Christopher,

"eVENT passes moisture equally well at low and high humidity levels. At a 30% humidity level, eVENT transports moisture about 200% faster than Gore-Tex XCR and about 250% faster than standard Gore-Tex and the best polyurethane (PU) membranes "

Taken from this excellent BPL article - http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/event_tents_here_gone.html

Edited by FamilyGuy on 06/03/2010 14:09:47 MDT.

Michael Crosby
(djjmikie) - MLife

Locale: Ky
@Doug Integral Designs Wedge or RAB extreme? on 06/02/2010 12:29:06 MDT Print View

Doug,
which one do you like better?
1-Rab Summit Extreme eVent tent
2-Integral Designs Wedge eVENT Bivy

Edited by djjmikie on 06/02/2010 13:07:07 MDT.

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Re :Integral Designs Wedge eVENT Bivy REVIEW on 06/02/2010 12:47:06 MDT Print View

Good point Dave about YMMV. I'm looking at this as an overnight, winter mountain shelter when there are no bugs here in Scotland. The low, wind shedding profile of the Wedge is what makes me drool. I can't handle an open roof opening though.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Wedge on 06/02/2010 12:56:02 MDT Print View

I hear you Mike - maybe V.2 will have some changes. Guyed out that thing looks like it wouldn't budge in the worst wind.

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: Wedge on 06/02/2010 14:23:32 MDT Print View

Oh man, what is WITH these manufacturers that have their tents opening to catch rain and snow??? If only they had the door open the other way, and a bit of extra width to the door fabric, you could have pitched the door as a rain porch on calm days, and still get in and out of the tent without the tent getting drenched. What were they thinking????