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#85118 - 06/18/11 08:20 PM Bivy / Tent
Doug Sr Offline


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Registered: 12/16/02
Posts: 2325
Loc: Whitney
Hi One of the China Lake S&R members started making gear, We have a supply of the Bivy on hand. Weight 1lb 8 oz will sleep two but a very large one person Bivy , has enough room to have a good nights sleep in. You can turn over and not touch the walls. Great product and price $ 150.00 with carry bag and ground cloth. Thanks Doug (We have one one display at the store and will post pictures later )

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#85121 - 06/18/11 10:36 PM Re: Bivy / Tent [Re: Doug Sr]
MilesGear Offline
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Registered: 06/18/11
Posts: 3
Loc: Ridgecrest, CA
Doug,

Thanks again for letting me put this in your store.
The two that spent the night in one bivy said it was a bit "squeezy".
The upside is that they still didn't get any condensation at freezing temps.
Designed for one, two in an emergency.

Dave

Here is the link: MilesGear.com
And a photo:


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#87222 - 09/26/11 02:00 PM Re: Bivy / Tent [Re: Doug Sr]
Spooner Offline
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Registered: 12/30/07
Posts: 5
Loc: Ridgecrest, California
Uber Bivy Field Test Report. I just completed the High Sierra Trail where my son and I each took a MilesGear Uber Bivy for a 5 night test. We didn't get any rain during our trip to test the water resistance of the bivy, so cannot report on that aspect. Our highest camp site was 11,500' and typical over-night temps were in the upper 20's to low 30's. Pros: I sleep warm, so the extra roomyness was great for someone like me that starts off the night by draping the sleeping bag over body vs crawling right in to the cushy down, then adjusting as the night gets colder. It was also nice to turn over during the night without rubbing the sides. The bivy size was really appreciated in the morning when I was sitting up and putting on my down sweater and socks without getting out of the bag. The extra room inside(air-gap) tends to keep the inside of the bivy much warmer than my OR bivy, so I ended up propping the end open over-night using a 1 liter water bottle. Cons: On the down-side, the ground cloth supplied with the bivy did not work for me, because it was too large and too slick. I'd just toss the GC supplied and use a large trash bag to protect the underside of the bivy. I contacted Miles and told him the stuff sack works great when the bivy is new, but after a few nights of use and getting crinkled up, it became more difficult to get the bivy rolled up tight enough to get it back in. SUMMARY: I slept warm and comfortable without the physical restrictions of my regular bivy, so I give the bivy a double thumbs-up.

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#87275 - 09/28/11 08:39 AM Re: Bivy / Tent [Re: Doug Sr]
steelfrog Offline
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Registered: 06/23/09
Posts: 79
Loc: Dallas, Texas
This bivy looks terrific--I just ordered one! Excited to get it.

Question--I have wondered about cooking inside a tent; now that you mention it, I have wanted to do this before but haven't because of safety reasons, etc. What is the prevailing thought about cooking with a backpack stove inside one's tent?

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#87284 - 09/28/11 01:45 PM Re: Bivy / Tent [Re: ]
Mountain Ginger Offline
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Registered: 06/05/09
Posts: 325
Loc: Arrowbear Lake California
Mmmm, I've got that tent and the scars to prove I seam-sealed it myself. We call it the Taj-ma-tent. Huge amount of room for the weight.
However, I too am looking for a lighter option.

I'm not too tense (two tents) - I'm up to 12 now. laugh
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#87288 - 09/28/11 02:52 PM Re: Bivy / Tent [Re: Doug Sr]
steelfrog Offline
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Registered: 06/23/09
Posts: 79
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Burchey--I have that exact same yellow tent you are using there on Rainier. Love it. But, it weighs about 5 pounds. I will give this 1.5 pound bivy a try on those trips where I'll be solo or with someone else who has a bivy or wants to carry their own tent.

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#87301 - 09/28/11 05:59 PM Re: Bivy / Tent [Re: steelfrog]
ep Offline
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Registered: 08/01/03
Posts: 287
I think it would be difficult to safely run a stove inside that bivy, especially since it's hanging upside down in the Portal store. I would personally rappel out of that thing, walk over to the counter and order a cheeseburger.

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#87304 - 09/28/11 07:57 PM Re: Bivy / Tent [Re: ep]
MilesGear Offline
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Registered: 06/18/11
Posts: 3
Loc: Ridgecrest, CA
One of the nice things about the Uber Bivy being 8 feet long is that you can have the 2 feet under the door as just a vestibule. You just pull back the floor. The pole will hold the door's shape. You will need to hold the door down with a binder clip and weigh/stake. Nice place to store dirty boots out of the rain.

This small vestibule is NOT a good place to cook. It will get too hot and not enough vents.

Hanging the bivy from the ceiling might also help ventilation. +1 for the cheeseburger.

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#87344 - 09/29/11 03:28 PM Re: Bivy / Tent [Re: MilesGear]
Doug Sr Offline


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Registered: 12/16/02
Posts: 2325
Loc: Whitney
Hi May test the bivy soon Doug

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