I am quite impressed with the information you have added. It really
adds value for the reader.
You still have a bit of work, mostly technical edits. Once revised,
please repost again and we'll see if you are ready to post the final
HTML version after that, which I suspect will be the case.
### EDIT: We still need the title and date to appear BEFORE your
I have been backpacking since mid 90's, trips generally 2-10 days.
since *the* mid 90's, *with* trips generally 2-10 days.
I pack for comfort,shelters are usually tarp or bivy sack.
### EDIT: This is really two separate thoughts. Let's make it two
sentences. "I pack for comfort. My shelters are usually a tarp or
Spring to fall pack weight about 16 lbs/7 kg, and about 2 lbs/1 kg
food per day.
### EDIT: *My* spring to fall pack weight *is* about 16 lbs/7kg,
*plus* about 2 lbs/1kg food per day.
### EDIT: You still need to add the measured weight.
Listed dimensions: 88 x 34 x 25" (224 x 86 x 64 cm)
Measured dimensions: 91 x 34 x 25" (231 x 86 x 64cm)
Listed packed size: 6 x 15" (15 x 38 cm)
Date: February 19, 2008
### EDIT: Remove the date from here please.
The inside dimensions of the head and shoulder area of the vestibule
measured 31(l) x 34(w) x 24(h)" (79 x 86 x 61 cm) at the widest point
and narrowing down to 13" (33 cm) wide the on the floor (top), while
the toe box area measures 17 (wide) x 14" (high) (43 x 36 cm) high
### EDIT: Something is missing or backwards here "wide the on the
floor (top)". Please correct as appropriate.
### EDIT: Remove the last instance of "high" in the last sentence;
it is redundant since you stated `high' in parenthesis earlier.
The canopy body and vestibule are constructed of ToddTex, which is
Bibler's proprietary waterproof,
### Edit: I am still bothered by the use of the word `vestibule' in
connection with a bivy, since a vestibule is considered a small
covered entry area, with the connotation that it will provide some
protection from rain and some storage, while I don't see that a bivy
entry fits this description. I checked Black Diamond's website, and
they do refer to it as an "awning", so perhaps that would be a better
word choice. From reading their site I get the impression they are
calling the green hood part "canopy" and the black section at the
front of the hood an "awning".
ToddTex is made up of two layers, the exterior layer is a thin
waterproof film laminated over a "super-light ripstop fabric"
preventing water from penetrating.
### EDIT: the comma after "layers" should be a semi-colon instead.
The inner layer of ToddTex material is made of "Nexus® which has a
fuzzy texture." This layer disperses
the moisture along the entire canopy area through the outer layer to
be wicked away.
### EDIT: Actually, the Nexus layer wicks the moisture across then
through the PTFE layer, and this should be changed to reflect that.
There are two individually adjustable, dual-slider zippers. Both
zippers measured 61" (155 cm) in length starting from the left side
rising over the peak of the canopy, down the right side ending about
a third of the way down the canopy. One zipper for closing the
ToddTex canopy, the other for "no-see-um netting." After the zipper
curves past the vestibule and moves parallel to the ground, the top
side of the zipper sewn to the ToddTex canopy, and the bottom side is
sewn to the laminate floor and measured and 7" (18 cm) off the
### Edit: I think the best way to explain this is pretty much what
you told me in your posted comments:
"The zipper starts on the left approx 14" inches from the ground,
travels up and takes a 90° turn at the peak of the vestibule, travels
down the left side gently arching so that the zipper travels parallel
to the ground and travels over the legs approximately one third of
the way to the toe box. One zipper for the
ToddTex and the second zipper for the netting" That pretty well
covers it, and is clearer than the original section. Just polish it
up a little, add your conversions, and that should do.
I discovered exiting and entering to be challenging due to the length
of this section of the zipper. This section of the zipper measured
47" (119 cm) from the center of the peak down the right side of the
vestibule arching/changing direction parallel to the ground and then
traveling 20" (51 cm). The shape of the opening makes it difficult to
get my legs inside.
### Comment: That should work. The additional information helped!
I found that installing this pole first from the peak of canopy area
in the front of the bivy and inserting the end into the pocket, then
inserting the opposite end into the grommet located on the awning
prevents the other end from popping out of the pocket. Then I thread
the second longer pole through sewn fabric openings on the left and
right sides of the canopy. Then one at a time I insert each end of the
longer pole into the grommets located outside the bivy on the floor.
### Comment: Good description!
To finish the set up I install the U-shaped pole which supports the
toe box area into the grommets
mounted on the floor, using provided cordage, which is looped through
two sewn reinforced openings in the toe box awning.
### Edit/comment: I think you might still be missing something here
I'm thinking along the lines of "To finish the set up I install the
U-shaped pole which supports the toe box area into the grommets
mounted on the floor *and* using the provided cordage *looped thought
two reinforced opening in the toe box awning I stake the foot section
down.* Feel free to use your own wording for something similar, or
let me know if this is not the case.
My past experiences with other manufactures provided stuff sacks are
that they are generally too small to repack the product.
### EDIT: spelling of "manufacturers"
The stuff sack BDL provided was large enough to repack the bivy
without struggling. Since the vestibule area is larger than the lower
body area I fold the top over to make the widths closer to even.
### Edit: I think this should be "canopy" area rather
I used the bivy for a mid summer backpacking trip with evening
temperatures approximately 85° F (30 C°) in the Upper Peninsula of
Michigan, White Mountains National Park, New Hampshire USA Algonquin
Provincial Park and Awaga Canyon Lake Superior Provincial Park,
### Edit: This is a little confusing. Was this one trip, or
multiple trips? If multiple trips, please state this in the
beginning "I used the bivy on several mid-summer backpacking
" It seems there should be a comma after USA.
The bivy performed wonderfully in a trip into the Awaga Canyon, when
it rained for
several consecutive days and I did not encounter any leakage in this
diverse weather conditions.
### Edit: I would remove this from above, since you repeat this
information below, with more details:
Speaking of rain, on a ten day trip (Awaga Canyon) it rained
practically non-stop for a several days and there was no leaking.
However, the continuous rain did require me to set up and pack away
the bivy wet. When the rain stopped, I turned the bivy inside out and
suspended it, and the material dried quickly.
I find the small foot print especially convenient in many areas such
as in the White Mountains where level ground is sparse. I have used
the Tripod Bivy on many trips in the past five years, including many
trips in difficult terrain, conditions and temperatures in the White
Mountains. Additionally wind speeds in excess of 40 mph are not
uncommon in the Presidential range. Under these conditions there were
not any flapping noises nor did the vestibule bend or loose shape. The
Tripod Bivy is constructed well and has proven to be a high quality
one man shelter. In my opinion the overall performance was superb.
### Edit/comment: I think rearranging this a bit might be
beneficial. Here's a suggestion:
"I have used the Tripod Bivy on many trips in the past five years,
including many trips in the difficult terrain, conditions, and
temperatures of the White Mountains. I find the small foot print
especially convenient there, where level ground is sparse.
Additionally, wind speeds in excess of 40 mph (need metric
conversion) are not uncommon in the Presidential range."
The final sentences in the summary can stand as written.
What I like:
Wind and waterproof
Extra room in the vestibule area; both height and width when
compared to other bivy sacks.
Weight savings verses a tent.
What I did not like.
### EDIT: for consistency use a colon instead of a period
Entry and exiting can be difficult.
Initial set up when new.
What would I change.
### EDIT: for consistency use a colon instead of period
Lengthen the zipper