FR Integral Designs eVent Bivy - Kathryn
- Please find the field report portion of my FR below. The whole report
can be view at: http://tinyurl.com/yps2c8 I am still a little fuzzy
on how we should be dating the top of the report, can someone tell me
if what I did was acceptable.
April 30 2007
I have had a chance to take the bivy out several times. The first time
was just a simple overnight on my living room floor mostly to see how
I would react to the bivy's low head room and to familiarize myself
with the bivy and the space constraints. The bivy is actually quite
spacious compared to the mummy bag I typically use when backpacking. I
found that the bivy in no way restricted my sleeping room when I was
inside a sleeping bag. I did notice that the bivy does add to the
temperature rating on my sleeping bag. One night the temperature
dropped to between 50 and 55 F (10 - 12 C). Normally I would be quite
chilled in my 30 F (0 C) bag but combined with the bivy, I didn't
notice the cold. I have not yet had any problems with condensation. I
did have a problem with heat build up but that was when I was sleeping
on the living room floor. I simply unzipped the top section and
flipped it back and I was much better.
I have not encountered any inclemental weather yet. Mostly the weather
has been dry and cool. The few nights I have taken the bivy out, there
was a gentle breeze and fresh air easily entered the bivy through the
little stove pipe like opening. I haven't had a problem with fresh air
yet. The wire that keeps the bivy away from my face does have to be
reformed every time I set up the bivy. I don't always managed to get
the wire formed correctly as sometimes the top of the bivy is close to
my face. If I close my eyes I don't notice it much. It also helps that
I sleep on my stomach. The weather has still been a little too cool to
use the bug net feature. While the bugs were out the last trip, it was
cool enough that I zipped the bivy up all the way. I haven't had any
bugs enter through the little stove pipe opening, yet.
In setting up for the night, it is much easier to lay out my air
mattress on top of the bivy and attach my sleeping bag to the air
mattress then slide the whole system into the bivy. I am currently
using a Big Agnes sleep system which allows me to easily set up for
the night within the bivy. I then sit on the top of the sleeping bag
and pull off my sandals. I usually tuck my sandals under the top of my
air mattress to act as a pseudo-pillow, so I lifted the top bivy and
placed my sandals under the bivy. While this is not complete
protection, I also feel that my sandals are somewhat protected from
the elements. I am hoping for a good rainfall so I can determine how
much protection this overhang provides.
So far the bivy is in excellent condition. As there were no pine trees
in the area, I have not picked up any pine pitch on the bottom of the
bivy. I have not had to wash the bivy in any way yet. Mostly I just
hold up the bottom end and shake out the loose debris. I do have some
trouble getting the bivy rolled down tight enough to fit back into the
provided stuff sack. It is not that the stuff sack is too small, but
rather it seems I have to fold the bivy down to the right size before
I start rolling it. The metal hoop restricts how much the bivy can be
folded before rolling can occur. The seams are still holding up well
and the seal sealing is in great shape. I hope to take this bivy out
in a good rainfall to see how the floor and the seam sealing hold up
to rain. I did spend one night on a tent platform. As the weather
warms up I will also be looking at the effectiveness of the bug
netting. I will be looking in to how effective the netting will be
when there is no support to keep it away from my face.
The field conditions I have so far encountered have been relatively
easy climbs. The two real trips, not counting my floor, have been
overnights near the Tom Floyd Wayside shelter near the Shenandoah
Nation Park. Elevation is 1900 feet (579 m). The temperatures where
about 65 and 80 F (18 and 27 C) on the two trips and dropped to about
45 and 55 F (8 and 12 C) at night. The weather was dry with some to
This concludes my field report on the Integral Designs Crysallis Bivy.
The long term report will be amended onto this report in two months
time and will include more field testing data and long term wear.
Please check back then for further information on the Crysallis Bivy.
> I am still a little fuzzyNot only Acceptable, but Perfect!
> on how we should be dating the top of the report, can someone tell me
> if what I did was acceptable.
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- Thank you for your FR, your edits will follow. They will take the
EDIT: Must be changed.
Edit: Should be changed but will be left to your discretion.
Comment: Just that or something to think about.
***It is my understanding that the date of the current report should
me in the title area of the report. I think you are OK since the IR
and the FR are listed below the title.***
***Field Report: April 30 2007
EDIT: Your anchor is not working for the field report.
***The first time was just a simple overnight on my living room floor
Comment: I do not understand the relevance of using it on the living
room floor. Maybe a Mod should chime in on this one.
***One night the temperature dropped to between 50 and 55 F (10 - 12
C). Normally I would be quite chilled in my 30 F (0 C) bag but
combined with the bivy , I didn't notice the cold. I have not yet had
any problems with condensation. I did have a problem with heat build
up but that was when I was sleeping on the living room floor. I
simply unzipped the top section and flipped it back and I was much
Comment: I do not think that we are supposed to be testing (and
writing about) gear in our living rooms. This is a bivy to be used
***I have not encountered any inclemental weather yet.
EDIT: Change "inclemental" to inclement
***I don't always managed to get the wire formed correctly
EDIT: Change "managed" to manage
Kathryn, go ahead and upload when you are ready.
- Here is an additional EDIT that I forgot to include.
***The temperatures where about 65 and 80 F (18 and 27 C) on the two
trips and dropped to about 45 and 55 F (8 and 12 C) at night.
EDIT: Change "where" to were.
- Yay! Thanks for letting me know I was heading the right way. The
trail can be a little murky sometimes.
On 5/1/07, jetriple@... <jetriple@...> wrote:
> > I am still a little fuzzy
> > on how we should be dating the top of the report, can someone tell me
> > if what I did was acceptable.
> > cheers
> > Kathryn
> Not only Acceptable, but Perfect!
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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