Rating: 5 / 5
I ordered a Katabatic Gear Palisade sleeping quilt last year. Was so thoroughly impressed with the workmanship and customer service that when it was time to get a bivy, I ordered the Katabatic Gear Bristlecone.
I couldn't be happier.
Zipper zips all the way around the hood and partially down one side. Very easy to get in and out of the bivy.
The netting on the hood is the right size to vent any moisture trying to build up in the bivy.
The loop to tie up the bivy hood so the netting isn't hanging on your face is sewn into a seam which is much stronger.
With the inner tie in straps for the sleeping pad, the bag clips to the same cords. Very ingenious.
The bivy is plenty big to store a few things inside.
I've stored my trail runners, reading materials, Personal Kit (tp, Rx meds, toothbrush, etc.) in the bivy and had lots of room left over.
The Pertex material is superb. When matched with a Katabatic Gear quilt, I think you have system that can't be beat.