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Nikola Sijan
(sijannikola) - F
bivy for spinnshelter on 03/27/2014 23:09:28 MDT Print View

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, Nick

Justin C
(paintballr4life) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
re: on 03/28/2014 08:23:35 MDT Print View

I had a Spinnshelter and it paired nicely with my MLD serenity shelter.

John Holmes
(pastyj) - F

Locale: North Central Florida
Re: bivy for spinnshelter on 03/28/2014 08:44:05 MDT Print View

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.

Edited by pastyj on 03/28/2014 08:46:18 MDT.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: bivy for spinnshelter on 03/28/2014 09:04:43 MDT Print View

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 $0.02

John Kays
(johnk) - M

Locale: SoCal
Tarp with bivy on 03/28/2014 11:19:40 MDT Print View

" overkill?"

Depends on the location of your trip? Btw, do you bivy users experience any appreciable condensation on your bag from using the bivy?

John Holmes
(pastyj) - F

Locale: North Central Florida
Re: Tarp with bivy on 03/29/2014 07:44:24 MDT Print View

>>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 :)

Edited by pastyj on 03/29/2014 07:45:59 MDT.