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REI Minimalist Bivy Sack - Regularis rated3.0833out of5by12.
Rated1out of5bySM ShrekfromIt keeps water out..... AND inI purchased this item for a minimalist outing. I took it this weekend and thought I'd have a great night in it. That was the theory and I slid into it and fell asleep. It was a humid, windy night at the bay with temperatures in the low 40's. I woke about 2am and was shivering cold. After waking up enough to try and figure out what happened, I realized that my 30 degree bag was soaking wet through and through. That was pretty much the end of the night. I got dressed in multiple layers and escaped the wet cold mess.
I will return it within the next couple of days when I get to REI. Worst product I have ever used.
Date published: 2014-02-16
Rated5out of5bycroft perkinsfromGreat Bivy sack for the Price! MTFOkay, so people gripe about the condensation developing on the inside. I found that using the dowel for retaining the netting as a tie off point to the top of a tent or a line under a poncho make a great way to keep the netting and most of the bag off of your face and chest, thus reducing the condensation. I've used it at Flapjack Lakes these last three weekends and it works great. I use a light weight sleeping bag or just a liner and I am plenty warm. Just buy this. It's a great product and it works well.
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated5out of5byHiker with no namefromGreat for BackpackingI've always used a one man tent or just a simple tarp when backpacking. Decided it was finally time to try a bivy and figured this was a cheap enough way to see if I liked it. I took it on a 5 day backpacking trip in Central California. It worked perfectly! I used it in my hammock 2 nights and on the ground 3 nights. All 5 nights I slept without any issues. The mosquitos were horrible but when in the bivy I had no worries. It rained for 1 1/2 days straight and stayed perfectly dry with my poncho hung above my head (because of that mesh opening for you to breathe easier than a traditional closed up bivy). I'm 5'8" and it fit me fine. This will be my go to EVERY backpacking trip from now on since it seems durable enough to last for years.
Date published: 2013-07-04
Rated1out of5bythewindnrainfromWorst Bivy I've ever usedThis bivy soaks up water and seeps it into your sleeping bag. The water resistant fabric is very cheap and ineffective. I have been through many bivys and this one was by far the worst. Bought myself an outdoor research bivy and never looked back.
Date published: 2013-06-08
Rated4out of5byRifleman68fromany day every daythis is my sons bag, he has used it several seasons now and still loves it, it has stood up to being used by a Boy Scout!!
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated2out of5byjwillfromway too narrowI really had high hopes for this bivy. great design but just too small. I am 5'9" but have very wide shoulders. I can't even lay flat I have to hunch my arms in and try to fold them over the top of me. I simply cant lay flat without busting a seem. If this was made maybe 6" wider it would be a gold mine. I wish that they had a sleeve for a pole to lift the mesh of your face. I would use the heck out of this thing if only I could fit.
Date published: 2013-04-19
Rated4out of5byrockon5eightfromCompared with SouthCol Event bivyI took this to an early spring backpacking trip to Linville Gorge, NC to compare it to my Integral Designs Southcol bivy, which uses Event. I have had good experience with the Southcol on big wall ledges in Yosemite, but it has no bug netting. My daughter is going to spend a month backpacking in Wind River area in WY early summer, and would like an option to use under a tarp or in a tent to add warmth (in tent) and mosquito protection(under tarp). So I did a comparison.
I was in cold 24-30degree weather, no rain, in a tent, with one other person, along a river which increased humidity. I used a 30 degree synthetic bag, and wore polypro baselayer, hat. I did not zip either bag up completely, keeping my head completely exposed. 2 sequential nights. Tent (REI ASL2 Cirque) had no major condensation, on either night with at least one door unzipped.
Both bags developed condensation inside the bivy between sleeping bag and bivy, where my butt pressed against the tent wall. About 3 0z I estimate. My position created a non breathable area and condensation was fairly abundant. I felt warm enough both nights, and my sleeping bag did not seem soaked.
Both bags had condensation to about the same extent. I mention this because I have been impressed with the Southcol not collecting water in the cold dry breezy conditions in Yosemite in October. My guess is that the wetter environment in Linville really made a difference. I interpret this to mean the REI product is an inexpensive but functional choice and noninferior to my high dollar and proven Event product, at least in the above conditions.
I wonder for my daughter's use though she might go for a well ventilated lightweight tent for bug protection instead of a supplemental bivy, and skip the tarp plan for her adventure. Perhaps an added synthetic quilt or heavier bag as needed to supply additional warmth.
Date published: 2013-04-09
Rated4out of5byGastonfromGood for minimalist campersI used this bivy to keep moisture away from my down, 0-degree sleeping bag, and add some warmth. It worked great. We camped in a snow quinzee, just set my bag inside and set the bivy sack on a not-so-good foam matress. It worked great for what I intended for it. I am planning on camping next time in a little warmer place and just setting up my hammock and bring this sack in case of rain. Only bad thing I experienced was the condensation build-up, mostly because it was 15 degrees out and I kept trying to blow my breath in my bag, breath that later became moisture and got trapped between bag and bivy, I really dought that it will happen camping in spring, summer or fall. Overall another great product from the REI family
Date published: 2013-04-03
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REI Minimalist Bivy Sack - Regular Customer Reviews