Black Diamond Spotlight Bivy.
Enjoy life in the great outdoors with the Black Diamond Spotlight Bivy. This single-person tent offers a cozy shelter for you. Its design is especially for the gram-counting minimalist who values additional comfort while in the wilderness. Its NanoShield single-wall fabric is weatherproof and breathable, keeping secured from and well-ventilated from various weather conditions. Its single shock-corded DAC Featherlite pole, on the other hand, lifts the canopy away from your head and shoulders, giving you more room to stand on your elbows and read a book. For greater ventilation, the tent comes with a large zippered net entry with a large mesh panel. The tent occupies 18.5 sq. ft. of space when set up. Get a versatile tent that can be used in both hot and cold climates. For a reliable, singe-person tent, choose the Black Diamond Spotlight Bivy.
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This product has a limited warranty of 12 months.
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Single-pole design with NanoShield fabric sheds weight but maximizes headroom.
This is a great bivy. To start this packs oh so nice and small and I can through it in any pack that I would do an overnight trip with.
Setup becomes a breeze after about your first handful of times. The first time I set it up it took about 10 min. of trying everything to get the pole in. A tight fit to say the least. Now I know how to position it and can do the entire thing in about two minutes. Packing it away is just as easy. The longest thing to do is push the air out of it while getting it into the stuff sack.
This is a little bit snug with my pad (Big Agnes Air Core), bag, and myself in there but what you would expect from a bivy at these dimensions. I had plenty of room to keep a rain jacket, clothes I hiked in, and boots above my head. A pack probably won't fit. At 5'9" I can get in and out with ease. The ventilation is good at night as long as you leave it cracked in the right places. I just had it out on a trip that started with very high humidity and led to heavy rain. Never had a problem with condensation build up on the inside. It doesn't come seam sealed and I haven't done so yet. It held up very well in a down poor that lasted about an hour with no moisture on the inside. Going to seam seal it however to avoid pushing my luck.
Overall an excellent bivy and misses on five stars because I have to seam seal it myself and a little difficult to setup out of the packaging.
I bought this bivy for winter mountaineering. I have had condensation like others mention. But when it gets COLD (down below 0 F) I just end up with some frost on the outside of my bag, and no dampness.
No, it isn't particularly waterproof. If you seal the seams well it supposedly (according to the kind folks at B.D.) will hold up for about an hour in the rain. I don't plan to find out.
It is awesome for winter in the mountains. Keeps me warmer than a tent. Packs tiny. Single wall, four season construction is perfect.
My only complaint is the foot-box area. With a Neo-air all season pad and a zero-degree bag, the bivy compresses the bag's down at my feet. I haven't suffered yet, but I wonder how much of a liability this is. Compressing your down is never good...
The photo is from Canyonlands, where I had no condensation problems :)
I took this piece of crap out one night, a light rain developed over night and I got SOAKED. This has NO rain protection and it's not worth it. Get the Black Diamond Bipod, not as small, but it actually keeps you dry.
I ordered this for a trip to South America & ultralightweight domestic weekend trips. It is definitely light and compactible (though I wish the single pole would fold down one size smaller so you could fit the whole bundle into one tidy bag - as it is there is one bag for the bivy itself and another for the pole).
I received the item and set it up in my yard. I have since decided to take a larger backpack (45L instead of 32L) with me on my trip - will allow for a few more comforts, layers, space for souvenirs, and unforseen space needs. I lay down inside the bivy and it has adequate space considering how small it is. The area around teh head is actually quite spacious. The area around the feet would be, but there is nothing included to keep it stiff and upright, it kind of just flops down on you. I'm willing to bet moisture would seep through to your feet. So you would need another stake and/or some nylon rope or something to keep that area taut and off of your body.
I tried laying inside with my pack (not going to leave it outside the bivy because of weather and theft concerns). No way I'm fitting in this this with a pack (no matter what size), at least not comfortably.
Also, the material seems a bit flimsy. I know it must be thin to be so lightweight and compressible, but I can see it snagging and ruining a trip real easy. The area that pulls over the pole to keep the seam protected is a novel idea, but I could already see the stitches in the area straining as I pulled it taut, and I think they would be the first thing to go (barring a rip in the fabric).
Perhaps I'm not using the bivy as it is intended. I think a slightly bigger (and yes, heavier and bulkier) solo tent is what I need. I do wonder where people who use the spotlight bivy keep their packs. Outside with a rain cover on it?
Finally - only a one year warranty? That's a dea-breaker for me. So many other products have lifetime.
Bottom line: for ultralightweight guys who don't mind bringing an extra stake/rope to keep this thing off of your feet (and who don't mind leaving their pack outside) go for it, you'll love it. As for me, I need something bigger. Cheers to backcountry for their awesome return policy and great customer service.
This is a pretty good little bivy bag in most respects (lightweight, adequate headroom, ability to use only the bug mesh and therefore see the stars at night, etc.). However, a MAJOR problem is condensation; I had this out for three nights in great weather (no rain, around 8-10 C) and within hours each night my sleeping bag started getting damp, eventually getting quite wet by the morning. I dried the bag and bivy out each day, only to have the same thing happen again the following night. The problem is that the top of the bivy is right against the sleeping bag, so there is little breathability (imagine sleeping right up against the wall of a regular tent). Because of this, you'll be uncomfortable and will keep waking up regularly to change position in a futile attempt to stay dry.