Outdoor Research MicroNight Bivy (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

Outdoor Research unveils an 18 ounce, fully-featured waterproof bivy sack.

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by Mike Martin | 2006-08-13 03:00:00-06

Outdoor Research MicroNight Bivy (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

Overview

Outdoor Research debuts a new light weight bivy at the show. The MicroNight Bivy is constucted of Pertex Endurance fabric with a coated waterproof nylon floor. Unlike the spartan (but very light) Integral Designs Endurance Bag Cover, the MicroNight Bivy is rather full featured at the expense of some added weight.

During our test of the Integral Designs product made from the same fabric, we found the Pertex Endurance reasonably breathable, but still experienced some condensation inside the bivy. We expect the MicroNight Bivy to have similar performance. The highly water-resistant fabric is functionally waterproof except where pressure is applied to a wet surface. Whereas the Endurance floor of the Bag Cover showed some moisture penetration in a snow cave or on extremely wet ground, the coated nylon floor of the MicroNight should eliminate any leakage through the bottom of the bivy.

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The zippered opening of the MicroNight Bivy, complete with no-see-um netting.

Specifications and Features

  • Pertex Endurance upper fabric
  • Coated waterproof nylon floor
  • Fully taped seams
  • No-see-um netting at opening
  • End-opening zipper with storm flap
  • Stake and guyline loops
  • Internal mesh pocket
  • Claimed weight: 18.2 oz (517g)
  • Length: 84 in (214 cm)
  • Width: 25 in (64 cm) at shoulders; 21 in (53 cm) at feet
  • Peak Height: 17.5 in (44 cm)

Citation

"Outdoor Research MicroNight Bivy (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)," by Mike Martin. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/outdoor_research_micronight_bivy_orsm06.html, 2006-08-13 03:00:00-06.

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