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Sep 20th, 2010 at 7:43pm
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An overnighter in tahr country last night saw me test out my new bivvy bag, we had a bit of snow,  a shitload of rain and some bloddy heavy wind.

Was kept dry and warm by this
http://www.bivouac.co.nz/outdoor-research-alpine-bivy.html

i got mine on special after watching it for awhile
  
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Reply #1 - Sep 21st, 2010 at 10:02am
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I just bought one similar...havent tested it yet.

How was the condensationm levels?
  
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Reply #2 - Sep 21st, 2010 at 10:19am
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Good to know. I also got the same on special a month or so ago but have not been out in it yet. Did you have much condensation?
  
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Reply #3 - Sep 21st, 2010 at 12:51pm
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Also heard good things about this bag, from some guy that after trying 5 bivy bags Lips Sealed over the last few years says this is a good one.
I still forgot to ask him about any condensation problems that causes all the problems here in NZ.
All we need now is some one like Macpac to make one from the new e-Vent fabric which I feel is a stepup from Gore-Tex, and test here in NZ Wink
  

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Reply #4 - Sep 21st, 2010 at 12:59pm
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Whats a good 'special' price for the Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy?  The OR Highland bivy uses the same design but a cheaper fabric.

On the topic of eVent bivys. Big Agnes has a event bag. Bit over my budget.

http://www.altitude.co.nz/cart_product1355-1-280.html?Title=Big%20Agnes%20Three%...

Exped also makes one but I do not believe Bivouac brings them into New Zealand. Would love Macpac to make one, the bigger the selection the better imo.
  
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Reply #5 - Sep 21st, 2010 at 1:17pm
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I have the Big Agnes in eVent fabric, great bag
  
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Reply #6 - Sep 21st, 2010 at 7:13pm
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Huntfish, Any problem with condensation?
  
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Reply #7 - Sep 21st, 2010 at 8:18pm
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I originally bought the cheaper OR bivy which is Pertex. Then when I was back later on buying an Exped down bag I asked if I could return the Pertex one and upgrade which they did for an extra hundy (think it ended up $380 which is probably still quite expensive but I was happy with that). Have the Xped Ibis WB bag which is supposed to be waterproof. Not keen to try that one out but figure if I have any condensation problems with the bivy at least the bag should be OK.
  
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Reply #8 - Sep 21st, 2010 at 8:27pm
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Condensation is only a problem if you take wet gear into them or you hop in wet. don't try and dry socks ect in them.

  

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stag wrote on Sep 21st, 2010 at 8:27pm:
Condensation is only a problem if you take wet gear into them or you hop in wet. don't try and dry socks ect in them.



Makes sense - no longer will I attempt to dry my socks/boots in the entrance from now on.

I've been having some pretty serious condensation issues lately. Mind you.... the fog has been reeking havoc on our campsites.
  

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Reply #10 - Sep 21st, 2010 at 9:23pm
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Pop Shot wrote on Sep 21st, 2010 at 8:51pm:
stag wrote on Sep 21st, 2010 at 8:27pm:
Condensation is only a problem if you take wet gear into them or you hop in wet. don't try and dry socks ect in them.



Makes sense - no longer will I attempt to dry my socks/boots in the entrance from now on.

I've been having some pretty serious condensation issues lately. Mind you.... the fog has been reeking havoc on our campsites.


What kind of bivvy bag do you have Pop Shot?
  

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Reply #11 - Sep 22nd, 2010 at 6:51am
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ThomasW wrote on Sep 21st, 2010 at 7:13pm:
Huntfish, Any problem with condensation?

No, I also have a Fairydown which does condensate a little.
  
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Enforcer wrote on Sep 21st, 2010 at 9:23pm:
Pop Shot wrote on Sep 21st, 2010 at 8:51pm:
stag wrote on Sep 21st, 2010 at 8:27pm:
Condensation is only a problem if you take wet gear into them or you hop in wet. don't try and dry socks ect in them.



Makes sense - no longer will I attempt to dry my socks/boots in the entrance from now on.

I've been having some pretty serious condensation issues lately. Mind you.... the fog has been reeking havoc on our campsites.


What kind of bivvy bag do you have Pop Shot?


Ahhhh some 'green' Katmandu bivvy bag.

BUT - the last few times I have used it... It has been extremely 'foggy' where a mate and I have set camp. Plus the fact I am normally quite wet when getting into the bag at night.

In summer its fine Smiley
  

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Reply #13 - Sep 22nd, 2010 at 8:32am
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In winter are you still getting too much codensation if under the fly and the bivvy surface is dry?

Should be able to wake up all dry if had dampish gear on?
  
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Reply #14 - Sep 22nd, 2010 at 8:54am
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I must admit - the three times I have used it recently, the weather has not been user friendly.

Tent was sometimes put up in light drizzle, fog came rolling in etc...

That said, my sleeping bag although damp.... still kept me bloody warm Smiley

I can't really complain too much - I did 'borrow' the bag without asking from the old man.
  

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