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John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
They're back! Ultralight Bivys on 11/08/2011 18:31:14 MST Print View

A few new options this time around. M50 is the newest fabric addition, it is the lightest option, at 5.5oz, but also the most expensive, at $90.

The M90 option is $80, and the good ol' 1.1 DWR is still available at $70.

Edit: 3/18
Added some new options on there, also side zipper is now available as a standard option.
More Info/Pictures here:
http://www.borahgear.com
Edit: 10/3/12(updated website URL)

Edited by skyzo on 10/03/2012 11:06:18 MDT.

Robert Perkins
(rp3957) - M

Locale: The Sierras
They're back! Ultralight Bivys on 11/08/2011 20:06:56 MST Print View

John, Do they have any stake-out loops in the corners? It doesn't look like it in the photos, but I wasn't sure. Thanks in advance for your reply.

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Bivys on 11/08/2011 20:40:07 MST Print View

Hi Robert,
by default I don't put stake-outs on the bivy, but if you wanted I could sew some on there for you. I have so much grosgrain I don't know what to do with it all ;)

Robert Perkins
(rp3957) - M

Locale: The Sierras
Bivys on 11/08/2011 21:53:53 MST Print View

How much would it be to add them? I was wondering how breathable is the DWR top? I have switched to cowboy camping style unless there is rain, then I add a tarp. This looks like it could be the ticket for that. Thanks again.

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Bivys on 11/08/2011 22:32:19 MST Print View

Robert, sent you a PM.
Edit: Also replied to everyone else's PMs
Thanks!

Edited by skyzo on 11/08/2011 22:46:50 MST.

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
RE: Bivys on 11/12/2011 18:00:03 MST Print View

I shipped out most people's orders today, and will have the rest out on Monday.

I also added a page to my blog that people can buy these without having to go through all the PM systems, emails, etc.

http://www.borahgear.com

Edited by skyzo on 10/04/2012 10:47:55 MDT.

robert v
(mtnbob123) - F

Locale: Upstate South Carolina
Ordered One! on 11/14/2011 08:34:15 MST Print View

I ordered one of the bivys a few days ago, and I just wanted to say that John was great to deal with. He was more than happy to customize mine, without any hassle!! Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Fred Thorp
(BFThorp) - F
Ordered 11/14 on 11/15/2011 08:08:14 MST Print View

I'm looking forward to trying this design. I'm hoping it will solve several issues of mine.

robert v
(mtnbob123) - F

Locale: Upstate South Carolina
Great Bivys!!!! on 12/03/2011 12:45:29 MST Print View

Just want to say that John has bent over backward to make sure that I had a custom bivy that worked for my overly large self! I have two bivys now and couldn't be happier!!Very cool to be able to customize them exactly to what you want and still get them for a great price!! Thanks again John!

Andy Anderson
(ianders) - F

Locale: Southeast
High quality on 12/04/2011 13:14:31 MST Print View

I highly recommend this bivy. Packs smaller than my MLD Superlight bivy. Excellent craftsmanship.

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Bivys on 12/04/2011 13:59:05 MST Print View

Thank you for the kind words guys, I'm glad you liked them.

Expect another batch in the early spring sometime.
Thanks!

Kelly Gigliotti
(KellyG) - F
Excellent bivy on 12/06/2011 12:57:44 MST Print View

"I highly recommend this bivy... Excellent craftsmanship."

+1
Only got a chance to use it once in the fall, but was very impressed.

Nicholas Martin
(namaniac)

Locale: SoCal-High Desert
Nice! on 12/06/2011 21:27:51 MST Print View

is there a way to get on an email notification list so that we can get first dibs...so to speak?

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
New batch on 02/21/2012 13:40:18 MST Print View

Well, over the last couple month we have probably received 10-15 emails requesting a new batch of these to be made. While we don't have time to fulfill everyone's needs, we are doing a limited run again, this time most likely only around 10 of them.
They are available in either M90, M50, or 1.1DWR for the upper. To purchase or get more information about these, just check out our blog
http://ulgear.blogspot.com/p/ultralight-bivy.html

Note that we haven't made one in M50 yet ( fabric is still on its way, excited though :) ), so the weights for the M50 version are approximated based on the weight per yd2. But it will fall within +-.1 of that 5.5oz estimate.

As soon as 10 sell, the Paypal links will be taken off the website, so its first come first serve.

All orders will ship within 2 weeks of payment, it would be faster but I am still waiting for some of the fabric to come in. Shipping by USPS, insured.
Any questions please email or PM me.

Thanks!

Edited by skyzo on 02/21/2012 19:34:50 MST.

Charlie Murphy
(baltocharlie) - F

Locale: MAryland
payment sent on 02/21/2012 14:15:59 MST Print View

Thanks, looking forward to trying it out, heard lots of good reviews. Best, Charlie

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: New batch on 02/21/2012 15:31:47 MST Print View

Thanks Charlie, got your order, will keep you updated.

4 have already sold, 6 left.

Noel Tavan
(akatsuki_the_devil) - MLife
re on 02/21/2012 18:09:52 MST Print View

John,
Sorry if that has been answered or if it is obvious. Are the non-mesh portion water proof/ water resistant? They might work nice with a umbrella setup.

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: Re: New batch on 02/21/2012 18:21:24 MST Print View

Hi Noel,

Yes, all of the upper fabrics we offer are water resistant, so they are perfect for under a tarp to protect from splashes. The silnylon floor is waterproof.

edit: Also just added the option for 1.1DWR top instead of the Momentum options for a cheaper price.

Edited by skyzo on 02/21/2012 19:46:08 MST.

Zack h
(want2belite) - F
Re: They're back! Ultralight Bivys on 02/24/2012 22:38:39 MST Print View

Bump for this! Ordered mine, hope they full the orders. Will give full review when I recieve it.

William Brown
(MatthewBrown) - F

Locale: Blue Ridge Mtns
Width on 02/25/2012 05:56:19 MST Print View

Quick question to John or anyone who has recieved their bivy. How is the fit when using a large (25") Neoair. Thx for any responses.

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: Width on 02/25/2012 11:15:51 MST Print View

Hi William,

With 24-25" pads, I have to increase the width a little to compensate for the extra 5" over most pads, but after I do that it fits great.

Chris Wright
(chriswrightcycles)
Q on 02/27/2012 17:56:39 MST Print View

From the photos it looks like the bivy is made with a full mesh hood by default. Would it be possible to install a mesh window similar to the MLD bivy's? If so what would this add to the cost?

Thanks in advance,
Chris

Gregory Petliski
(gregpphoto) - F
re on 02/29/2012 10:11:47 MST Print View

Awesome stuff! What is the difference between the three fabric types, 1.1DWR, M50 and M90?

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: Q on 02/29/2012 13:25:55 MST Print View

PMed you Chris,

Gregory,

The main difference between the fabric types is the weight. They all have DWR treatment and shed water very well. Feel free to email me if you have any other questions

Also, shipping out the first 5 of these tomorrow morning. We originally were only going to do 10 of these, but so many people are interested in the M50 version, we figured might as well keep producing them :) , so as long as the Paypal links are up on the site, we are selling.
Thanks

Gregory Petliski
(gregpphoto) - F
re on 02/29/2012 20:06:33 MST Print View

Thanks for answering my question John. I would assume that the heavier the fabric, the more durable over the life of the bag? Also, it doesnt mention it, but I would imagine the seams are taped/sealed?

Edited by gregpphoto on 02/29/2012 20:08:49 MST.

Thayne N
(teethless) - MLife

Locale: SF CA
Just placed my order on 03/01/2012 17:52:25 MST Print View

Looks like a great product for a great price! Excited to move on from my mil-surp bivy...

David Cleckner
(blaster6) - F

Locale: Colorado
Just got mine on 03/09/2012 16:42:06 MST Print View

I ordered the Long, Wide, 1.1 DWR. The heaviest possible combo offered. Comes out to 6.8 ounces on my scale with the included stuff sack. Right on spec.

I couldn't be happier. There is just the right amount of space inside for a 72 inch synmat ul7, a 20 degree down quilt and me. I'm 6'1" 210 pounds and a side sleeper.

Thanks you John, awesome job

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: Just got mine on 03/09/2012 20:33:43 MST Print View

Thank you for the kind words David, glad you liked it :)

Also, I tried organizing the site a little better over the last few days to make it a little more user-friendly.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
Bivy on 03/14/2012 22:52:24 MDT Print View

John sent you a pm on a request I have.

Jack

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: Bivy on 03/15/2012 00:48:11 MDT Print View

Hi Jack,
Responded to your PM, that's definitely something we can do.

Chase Norton
(Micronorton) - F
Excellant customer service! on 03/15/2012 16:09:19 MDT Print View

I have been dealing with John for the past week or so on a custom bivy design and the process could not have been better! He responds at most within hours and every email he is more accommodating than the one before. I sent him the first design idea I had and he quoted me back the price and weight (allowing some things to be free because "it did not use that much material"). Then after I had put the purchase in I had reconsidered some aspects of the bivy and sent him another modified design stating if it was too much trouble don't worry about or I would send more money. His response back highlighted his amazing customer service. He wanted to make sure he understood my new design correctly and was more than willing to make it. Honestly, this has been a absolute pleasure ordering from him. I will report back after I have the bivy in hand, but he leaves me no doubt the quality and craftsmanship will be top notch. Truly, I hope this is a cottage business that will be around long term. Oh, and if enough people bug him, he might just go CF for the bottoms, so let him know the market is there!;-)

Edited by Micronorton on 03/15/2012 16:10:21 MDT.

Andrew Bridenthal
(WalkingAndy)

Locale: NE Ohio
ditto on 03/16/2012 11:49:12 MDT Print View

I can only echo the last post about Johns, bivys and service.

Thanks
Andy

Eric Dysart
(ewdysar) - F

Locale: SoCal
another order on 03/16/2012 14:30:46 MDT Print View

I just placed my order and agree with the previous posters about John's willingness to dial in your bivy to just the way that you want it. Since I'm going to be using a large Neo X-lite (77" x 25"), we agreed that the long-wide should be fine. Living in SoCal, I wanted a bivy that I could really open up, so I requested a perimeter zip all the way around the netting and 12" down the top fabric. We discussed ties to manage the furled netting when the bugs aren't bad, and came to the conclusion that I can add a couple of small dressmaker's eyelets along the chest seam so that I can add soft, light ties (maybe even yarn) that can be easily replaced if/when needed. Here's a pic that I did from the midddle of the design process.

bivy design

I'm really looking forward to getting the bivy out on the trail. I'll post a quick review when I get the chance.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
RE Bivy on 03/16/2012 21:28:05 MDT Print View

Payment inbound John, thanks for the advice.

Jack

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Bug Bivy on 04/14/2012 18:29:19 MDT Print View

We've been quite busy with orders these past few weeks, but finally got around to designing and adding a new product, the bug bivy.

Full .7oz nano-see-um top, weights start from 5.8oz. Check them out here
http://ulgear.blogspot.com/p/bug-bivy.html

Also, we have one made up already in 1.0oz netting that we had around. Afterwards, we instead decided to make them in .7oz netting for the additional weight savings. $45 shipped, can be found on the page linked.

Thanks!

Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Re: bivies on 04/22/2012 18:09:35 MDT Print View

John,

Do you make short & narrow? I'm 5'-2", so your standard would be over a foot too long for me. Also, I generally use a short, or cut down Z-Lite pad.

thanks,

Ssuan

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: Re: bivies on 04/22/2012 18:13:32 MDT Print View

Hi Susan,

That would be no problem at all, just shoot me an email and we can work out some dimensions
idahobpclub@gmail.com

Thanks!

''V'' (veylupek)
(CzechClown) - MLife

Locale: JMT/PCT
Ultralight Bivys Borah Gear on 04/22/2012 20:48:52 MDT Print View

Could someone please post pictures of their UL Borah Bivy

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: Re: Re: bivies on 05/14/2012 08:01:06 MDT Print View

Just wanted to let people know, as it says on the website, we will be out of town until Friday. So if you place an order from now until then, please expect another 3-4 days on delivery time. I'll still be able to answer emails at least once a day.
Thanks!

Rob Jones
(robj)

Locale: Washington, D.C.
Re: Ultralight Bivys Borah Gear on 05/14/2012 10:08:50 MDT Print View

Wow... Chuckie V?? Pretty cool stuff.

I just ordered one from Borah (John) and will post pictures as soon as I get it in.

Z H
(Duracellh) - F

Locale: Southeast Alaska
John does great work on 05/14/2012 22:31:18 MDT Print View

Had mine for about a month now, and I have to say it is excellent. Mine is slightly customized (smaller hood) although I actually think the default size is a smarter option than what I thought up. Mine uses M50, in wide, and weighs in at about 5.4oz on my scale.

I'd never used anything with momentum before, I was more than pleasantly surprised with its water "resistant" qualities. As in, I didn't know you could line a bowl with it and fill it with water and not get the bowl wet. I really don't know how long you have to have this stuff submerged for it to give, but with a well positioned tarp it is pretty amazing. Maybe that diminishes in time or something, I don't know.

I have used a large 25' wide neo-air, and it was still extremely roomy, even though I am a skinny wuss, I am somewhat long and I had an enormous amount of space. Breath-ability is good. I did have a tiny amount of condensation in the morning, but I also live in a coastal rain forest, and this has handled that fact better than anything else I have used in such proximity to my body.

I wouldn't hesitate recommending this to anyone. Considering the weight and price, I have yet to see a better deal short of trying to sew your own.

Edited by Duracellh on 05/14/2012 22:36:51 MDT.

Joseph Clark
(applevalleyjoe)

Locale: Mohave Desert
Bivy on 05/16/2012 19:53:41 MDT Print View

John, I'm interested in an M90 Side Zipper Long and Large w/ netting around the head. Your blog is not accesible to me. Please contact me with total owned and paypal info. Also need a syllnylon tarp about 8X10... can you help me out. You can contact me at applevalleyjoe@yahoo.com Thanks.

Joseph Clark
(applevalleyjoe)

Locale: Mohave Desert
Addenda to previous message on 05/16/2012 20:02:33 MDT Print View

I use the Big Agnes Summit Park w/25" wide Neoair.

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: Addenda to previous message on 05/16/2012 22:19:18 MDT Print View

Hi Joseph,

Sent you an email,
Thanks!

Joseph Clark
(applevalleyjoe)

Locale: Mohave Desert
Re: Bivy on 06/12/2012 00:03:21 MDT Print View

Received my M90 Side Zipper Long and Large today. All that I can say is "Wow". If you're looking for a quality and cost-effective bivy look no further... John at Borah Gear IS the man!

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
bivy on 06/12/2012 08:09:13 MDT Print View

sespe 2012

have to give kudos to john and his borah gear bivy s

they are awesome especially for the price

these two are both large wide side zip m 90 models the left one has a regular neo air in it with enlightened equipment reveloution x down quilt with overstuff

the one on the right has a regular big agnes air core pad in it with western mountaineering alder 25 deg down bag being used in quilt mode (which also works awesome)

john builds an awesome bivy and his customer service is second to none

kevin

Edited by divr6347 on 06/12/2012 08:20:50 MDT.

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: bivy on 06/12/2012 18:36:11 MDT Print View

Wow, thanks for the kind words guys!

Joseph,
I'm glad you liked it. Hope you get to take it on a trip soon!

Kevin, it was really nice dealing with you and Jack. Next time I'm down in California we'll definitely have to do some backpacking. Thanks for the picture as well, that looks like a great setup! That tarps putting out some serious coverage

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
tarp on 06/12/2012 22:16:21 MDT Print View

hey john

the tarp is a myog 10x12 silnylon that jack sewed up using silnylon 2nd s from

noah lamports i think he said is checked in at around 20 oz and it was a palace

for two guys to bivy under

keep up the great work with the bivy s after i wear my current rig out ill be in touch to order another

kevin

Chad Poindexter
(Stick) - F

Locale: Wet & Humid Southeast....
Just ordered mine! on 07/01/2012 17:57:14 MDT Print View

Finally, I sold some old gear and had the $$ to get one of these for myself! And this will be my first bivy. I went with the regular/regular in M50 with a side zip! I typically only use a regular size (original) NeoAir so I think that this one will be great for me! Now I just hope that I can get it in before a trip coming up...although I fear that it will not be enough time...we'll see...

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: Just ordered mine! on 07/01/2012 18:36:40 MDT Print View

Hi Chad,

I replied to your email, I can move yours up a few in line to try and get it to you on time. It'll be close, but I think it'll make it.
Thanks!

Chad Poindexter
(Stick) - F

Locale: Wet & Humid Southeast....
Re: Re: Just ordered mine! on 07/01/2012 21:31:37 MDT Print View

Nice! Thanks John!

Joe Groesbeck
(jgroesbeck)
Re: They're back! Ultralight Bivys on 07/03/2012 10:57:22 MDT Print View

John,

Hope you get a chance to enjoy the fourth. I PM'd for a bivy quote and will hit the order button once I get the final tally. Thanks and happy 4th.

Best regards,
Joe

Jonathan Shefftz
(jshefftz1) - MLife

Locale: Western Mass.
And more kudos... on 10/01/2012 08:08:33 MDT Print View

This is probably bouncing the rubble (as the saying goes), but if anyone needs yet another confirmation for the outstanding customer service and workmanship of Borah Gear, well, here it is!

(If you're curious about the details, this was a custom stripped-down version of the http://www.borahgear.com/cubenbivy.html for emergency use, and also slimmed down for my own proportions. Including stuff sack, only 2.48 ounces!)