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Rated3out of5byoldalexfromNot for use as sleep system.Limited emerg bivvy.Just returned from a weekend backpacking trip (4/13/14), it was 38F at night I used this bivvy plus a feece liner, synthetic termal base layer top and bottom, pants second synthetic top and fleece pullover (I wear a 42 jacket, 5ft 9in, and 165lbs read on) and hat, fleece socks.
Under it was a thermal pad that is good to 19F (protective liner on ground). That said this is the experience.
1. Unless you wear a under a 42 jacket this thing will fit like a sausage and compress some of your thermal cloting. I had so sleep at attention, felt very restricted, hard to move your hands to get in or out. I doubt my son could zipper it at all.
2. The mummy feature worked just fine, getting in and out took some planning.
3. Durring the night I started to get cold around calf area of my legs, it started to feel damp.
4. It build up considerable condensatoin as the night went on.
5. Sleeping was difficult I had to roll to move the cold spot.
In the moring the dampness and cold made me think this cannot be used unless you are of a small build and willing to tollerate the dampness.
I will be going to an outdoor research, bivvy like the one I borrowed a few times from a freind, while lighter and more compact this item is not compatible with my build.
As an emergency bivy, it may be difficult to use on a larger subject.
Sorry to say mine is going back.
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated5out of5bycrosscutfromUsed for search and rescueI keep the Sol Escape Bivy in my search and rescue pack in case I have to spend an unexpected night in the woods. The Sol Escape Bivy is very lightweight and it backs small so it’s always in my pack. I have used other emergency bivy bags that are somewhat warm but you end up soaking wet from condensation. During a rescue it was required that I spend the night with the patient, the temperature dropped to twenty-seven degrees and, although not warm, I was comfortable and dry. I have used the Sol Escape Bivy about six times now and it is holding up fine.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated5out of5byMark in BoisefromValue for CostThe Sol Bivy performs as advertised. I've tested it as a sleeping bag in temperatures down to 50°F and as a cover for my light-weight sleeping bag in much colder temperatures. In either use there was never a problem with condensation. When used over a sleeping bag the Bivy probably adds 15°F to the bags comfort rating. I plan to use the Bivy for ultra-light backpacking and keep it in my car trunk for emergency use.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated4out of5bysupernaynayfromGreat and LightweightI used this on my recent trip to Mt Whitney (May 27-29 2013) with a fleece sleeping bag inside of it and a ThermaRest Z-Lite Sol sleeping pad under it for warmth. I used it inside a lightweight backpacking tent, not as a bivy sac. At 10,000 feet it normal clothes, I was plenty warm except for cold toes. At 12,000 feet the temps were below freezing (high 20s) and the setup mentioned above worked in my winter wear, with again only my toes being cold! I have no complaints. In fact, I like the Escape so much I bought a new fleece insert bag that matches the contours of it so I can use it with or without, depending on the temps on backpacking trips. The combo has decreased the weight of my sleep system by 2 pounds, so I am very happy with that as well. Great product, very simple!
Date published: 2013-06-25
Rated2out of5byREVIEW_NUMBER_FIELD_PREFIX123fromStill an emergency bivyThis is still an emergency bivy but begging to be more. It is much bulkier than a space blanket but it does breath and is more durable. It is to small to use as a bivy over a sleeping bag and doesn't offer bug protection or good head coverage. It is on its way to being a good product but is somewhere between being an emergency item and standard use.
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated4out of5byHiking Jayfromemergency bivyI use when there is snow or cold temps on day hikes just in case I have a bad day....
Date published: 2013-05-29
Rated5out of5bycupfanfrommoney well spentA fellow backpacker mentioned that he got an extra 6-8 degrees on his sleeping bag when he used this Bivy as a cocoon over it. Being skeptical I thought I would just have to get one and see. Well, it absolutely does exactly that. I am a cold sleeper. Meaning , I HATE A COLD NIGHT. By using this bivy shelter bag, I know I increased my bag temp by 6 degrees. It was 41 degrees outside and I was comfortable all night. It was the best nights sleep I have ever gotten in the backcountry. As you all know, the ratings on sleeping bags are somewhat suspect to their degree rating. Even with long johns and fully clothed, I get cold when I'm in a 40 degree bag and it get down to 43-45 degrees out. Not any more. It is a godsend on every aspect. The weight is negligible at 8 ounces and worth every penny! IT WORKS!!!!!
Date published: 2013-04-07
Rated4out of5byWolfscentfromNeeds more informationI really liked the small size from the standpoint of including it in an emergency camping standpoint. I opened it on the family room floor and got my 6 foot size into it easily. It is roomy and shoes could be easily worn. I had my son inlaw try it. He is about 6 foot 4 inches. His head did stick out some but the hood could be used to advantage. He thought it was workable. I have not tried it outdoors yet. My only concern would be lying on top of snow or rocks since I expect the cold would be transmitted thru direct contact of this type. I suppose heavy clothing could help. I would suggest instructions for ideas for use on top of snow or rocks. I would suggest that the company build an exterior envelope to use as a cushion of grass, twigs or clothing. It was easy to repack it into original small size.
Date published: 2013-02-14
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