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north face climber's bivy
Posted by Damon on Apr 25 2006
Saturday I went into The Windy Corner. (A little shop next to the Fred Meyer in Wasilla.) They were having a moving sale. He had two North Face Climber's Bivys for sale. 325 to 99. I bought one and my buddy bought the other. We were headed down to Seward and that night, in the rain, we slept out in them next to the truck to give them a trial run. I put my Therma rest in first, then my Wiggy's bag inside. Even in a high wind and driving rain, no water came in from the outside. I zipped the bivy up all the way because it was raining so hard. Within 20 minutes the condensation got really bad around my face. Plus, it made me feel a little claustraphobic. So I unzipped it a little around my mouth. During the night water ran in around that opening, getting the hood of my sleeping bag wet. In the morning there was two inches of wet snow on everything but again, no water made it through either bag. The bag is all three-ply Gore-Tex. It weighs 20 oz. I think the weight is worth it and I would carry it in my pack. Cons: I wish it had a hoop to keep it farther from my face. And A bug net would be nice. Pros: I was surprised it actually kept that much water out, and it was on sale.  

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