Aqua Quest Hooped Bivy Tent - Waterproof - Green or Orange
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- WATERPROOF - Aqua Quest are industry leaders in waterproof gear, so it’s no surprise that their Hooped Bivy is more waterproof than most other single walled shelters. 70D RipStop fabric + PU coating + Heat taped seams = Waterproof rating of 10,000 mm + Breathability rating of 3000 gr/m2/day
- ULTRALIGHT & COMPACT - Featuring one lightweight collapsible shock cord pole and 5 lightweight aluminum pegs, and weighing in at only 2.4 lbs for the entire kit. Packed Size = 15 x 5 inch Compressed = 15 x 3 inch
- FAST & EASY SETUP - Setup in 1 second or less… if you’re a magician! If not, it’ll take you around 2 mins. Unzip the front panel and leave only a ‘No-see-um’ mesh between you and the beautiful night sky! If you need to stay zipped up, you can still catch a glimpse of the moon through the clear TPU window.
- COMFORTABLE - With more space than most bivys, you’ll have enough room to move around, read a book, have a snack, or change your clothes. Extra wide shoulder and foot areas, and long enough to comfortably accommodate anybody up to 6’6” (2 m). Also includes an air-vent in the head section, and ‘Batwing’ stiffeners to elevate the footbed, increasing airflow and comfort.
- USA SERVICE & WARRANTY: Aqua Quest is based in the Pacific Northwest, where they have designed and tested waterproof gear since ‘96. All products are protected by AQ’s Two-Year ‘No Worries Warranty’. Toll-free customer service Mon-Fri, 10-5 PST, at 1-844-775-7770.
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A great choice for anybody going solo! Ultralight, compact, waterproof, breathable, comfortable, and lightning fast to setup. On clear nights, fold back the top section and drift off to sleep while staring at the infinite night sky!
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As others have mentioned, you need to keep it well ventilated to avoid condensation. I used it on the snow-pack with no ground cloth or tarp, left about a foot of zipper open at the top, and in the morning there was just a film of condensed vapor. Did not deal with any rain, falling snow, or bugs on this trip. I had a Tyvek® tarp along in the event of rain, which I used as a doormat over the snow.
I rigged up a hiking pole through the loops at the knee to keep the bottom panel off my legs, and an ice axe through the loop at my feet. In this configuration it is to more of a tent than a bivvy, without the weight of tent poles. I turned it inside-out to dry after I returned home.
The product image is slightly misleading, there is a hoop at the top and no other structure, so unless you take steps to suspend the middle and bottom, the bivy will rest against you and possibly dampen your sleeping gear.
So far, I'm very happy with the combination of weight, protection from the elements, and pricing choices made during the design of this product.
Above are my initial impressions. After three months and three backpacking trips with this bivvy, the pros and cons are:
Pro: (my favorite) You can leave the mesh closed and the top down, and sleep under the stars bug-free.
Pro: compact and light.
Pro: Easy in/out, no crouching.
Pro: Easy to clean and dry, just flip it inside out and give it a shake to get out the dirt, then hang it to dry.
Con: I have a lightly-filled down bag which relies on loft to keep warm. Unless I suspend the bottom and middle of the bivvy, it compresses my bag and I get cold. See my customer images for one way to suspend it with trekking poles.
Con: When raining, unless you suspend a tarp over the entrance you can't get in/out without getting things wet.
Overall, I still think it is a great value. However, I have upgraded to a Tarptent Double Rainbow for most of my backpacking trips. It is a two-person, two-entrance tent for about the same weight, but about 3X the price.
-Easy to setup
-Window on top
-Condensation can get bad
I was going to rate this 4 stars because of the condensation issue, but it only happens during the winter. I was in an open field and the temperature got down to about 30 degrees. When I woke up, there was quite a bit of moisture on the walls of the tent due to condensation. This can be easily avoided if you create some ventilation whether you leave the top open or leave some of the zipper open. I slept like a baby in this thing and woke up to the rain. I stepped outside of the bivy and into a 1 inch deep puddle. The whole night I did not even know and for that, I give this 5 stars
Now the negative.
Well I might have to buy another bivy someday to find out if it is just me or if it is standard for it to be so difficult to operate and figure out the zippers. (referring to the zipper for the mosquito net) But with that said, never wait til dark to put your bag in the bivy. It would make a great test or "initiation" to make someone do that in the dark by feel only. I can't really totally understand it to perfection, looking at it in the bright sun. Makes me want to invent a fool proof bivy. And don't let them fool you with that breathable stuff. As I saw on someone else's review, it sure seems to trap all the moisture from your breath on the inside. Don't know if Gortex is better at that but I would be tempted to test that out on the next one. But bottom line.... It does the job at a great price!!!