- Ultralight, waterproof/breathable Pertex
100% Nylon: 2.5 layer, 20D Pertex® Shield DS ripstop fabric, 100% nylon floor, pole tunnels, stuff sack
Avg. Weight (oz./g): 23.7oz / 674g (W/ Pole)
- Great piece of gear (Review by Cyclist and backpacker)
I have a small bag of "get out of town" gear that I threw this in. I frequently just put this on my bike and go for a 2- or 3-day tour. It's a great piece of gear. Condensation management is always an issue for backcountry trips in cold weather, so I want to address what the other reviewers have written. I also work as a mountaineering guide. The Highland Bivy, if I had to guess, is designed for someone who wants to go light and go fast and still sleep well in slightly colder temperatures. Because it's intentionally water proof, it's able to keep you warmer than a typical 3-season mesh tent without requiring you to bring a thick sleeping bag. I usually sleep in just a fleece sleeping bag liner with this bivy (wearing long underwear also and sometimes a jacket) and I have had no trouble with condensation. I would recommend sleeping in very few layers and draping a parka over your upper body in order to "get really warm" and start to fall asleep. Push the parka aside for the rest of the night and you should be able to avoid sweat buildup. In mountaineering we say, "water from the inside (e.g., sweat) is always more pleasant than water from the outside" (e.g., freezing rain). This can also be used as a bivy inside a snow cave. And, yes, the single-pole does not self-balance. I usually just find a place for it to balance or balance it against a backpack. For me, a floppy pole is a fine tradeoff to make for a rugged waterproof bivy that packs up into a bag the size of a soda can and weighs nothing.
(Posted on 11/24/13)
- Highland Bivy (Review by By pablo)
Took this up into the Western Sierra a few weeks ago. At 12K feet the temps got down to about 30F. The bivvy was plenty warm but the condensation inside was very annoying. In the morning, the outside of my sleeping bag was slick and water dripped in the face a few times during the night. But here's what really made me unhappy: There's no way to prop up the bug mesh like it shows in the picture. No matter what you do, it just flops down leaving your head covered with the opaque material that the rest of the bivvy is made from. I had to awkwardly jury rig the bug mesh in place just to keep from feeling suffocated. I figured I was doing something wrong because normally OR products are brilliantly designed.But I called customer support and they confirmed it for me.
(Posted on 6/23/11)
- Highland Bivy (Review by By Army Guy)
Nice little bivy that packs up tight and is completely waterproof. However I had a serious problem with condensation inside the bivy. Even when I kept my face outside the bivy condensation was still an issue. I was using it in pretty cold weather which may have affected its performance. I will try it again in more moderate weather but I think the results will be the same. It doesnt really matter if a bivy is water proof if you get wet from condensation on the inside. Not sure what the problem is.
(Posted on 6/14/11)
- Highland Bivy (Review by By Jay R)
I use this to kayak camp when there is no room for a tent or no time to put one up. You can have your bivy, pad and bag set up in less than 2 minutes if you're good. It is waterproof from sprinkle but eventually builds up some condensation from water sitting. It does breath pretty well but with the mesh screen exposed. Great as a backup too when storm hits you can get in without poles and skirt the downpour.I do wish the head cover portion was slightly higher and the sides just a hair wider. I'm 5'9'' and 175 lbs. Overall, real nice bivy.
(Posted on 2/20/11)