Black Diamond Tripod Bivy Bag

Priced: $269.96 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 4 reviews.
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Black Diamond Tripod Bivy Bag -
The Black Diamond Tripod Bivy Bag is a larger, more spacious, more civilized incarnation of the classic bivy sack for solo trips. Whenever it's just you, why carry the extra weight of a tent? Three poles add head and foot room, increase the usable interior space, and help eliminate the dreaded claustrophobic feeling. ToddTex waterproof breathable fabric provides protection from rain and snow while allowing the breathability necessary for a comfortable, moisture-free night.


  • Small size fits easily into a backpack, bike pack, or haul bag


  • Taped seams prevent dripping water or morning dew from sneaking in through the fabric joints
  • Waterproof breathable Todd-Tex fabric sheds wet weather and breathes exceptionally well to help reduce condensation


  • Large mesh panel keeps out bugs and helps cut down on condensation buildup


  • Half-moon zip entry provides easy access


  • Three aluminum poles create space above head and feet to improve air flow, decrease condensation, and limit claustrophobia
  • Freestanding single-wall bivy design saves weight by eliminating the need for a tent canopy and fly; ideal for four-season climbing and trekking applications
  • Multiple stake-out loops provide secure anchoring in windy locations
  • Optional footprint sold separately
  • Based off original design from Bibler
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Black Diamond Tripod Bivy Bag Reviews:


I'm 6ft 1 and getting in/out isn't easy - the zip could have been another few inches longer it would have got 5 stars. The other minor thing, it's a hot bivy and there's limited ventilation even with the flap open - this is ok in cold and cold wet weather but like a sauna in warm/hot wet weather. I took it to a gear alteration place and they added a head vent on the opposite side to the entry and foot vent to make it comfortably useable year round.
Overall very this is a very durable, robust, extremely waterproof bivy, it's breathable enough to minimize condensation in cold weather and it packs down fairly small. BUT, be prepared to live with the limited entry, and to customize the bag it if you plan to use it in warmer weather (25C/77F or more). Extending the main zip is a technical and expensive modification - I got 2 quotes, both over $250 to extend the main zips!
So far I've used it in the Ruby Mountains in Nevada where I had snow, rain and a bit of everything except warm weather and in Victoria Australia for a few nights where it ranged between 0oC to 30oC (32-86F). Like any tent it's most comfortable in the cooler stuff.
For comfortable use in hotter climates increases natural convection and cross flow with some closeable vents.
I use the bivy with a piece of tyvek cut for a ground sheet (cut large enough to step out on to it and tuck boots, etc under when wet), a regular size neo air and a marmot aspen ultralight bag with silk liner, and it's comfortable down to -10C (14F) even with the ultralight bag. A regular neo air fits nicely and leaves me room for a 35 liter pack in the head end. A large neo air does not fit. It's at the heavier end of bivy's, but at the extreme light end of tents - prefect for solo mountain biking with a lightweight 30-40 litre pack. It includes a tube of seam grip and syringe to apply it - use it on all seams and this bivy is 100% water tight.
I wanted this as a my one go to bivy for all conditions, a tough spec but the black diamond tripod came the closest. With the vent mods it gets 4 stars and only misses out on the 5th as I find the main entry zip is too short.

mark at on 10/29/2011

I was happy with this purchase. It was easy and fast to set up (after the first time). I experienced a little condensation on the inside, even sleeping with the tent open about a foot down with only the screen up at 12,000ft and probably 35 degrees out. I never fully tried it yet with it fully closed, but imagine it would be worse. I imagine if you were snow camping with a down bag, you may have problems with moisture. Overall, I feel it will work for me for any backcountry adventure. Having a few vents is a good suggestion from the previous reviewer...that would make this bivy Bomber.

Chr5528124 at on 07/04/2012

I set this up as soon as I got it- I haven't had a chance to try it outside yet, but it seems breathable and was super easy to set up. I've tried a Marmot bivy but heard that BD is the way to go so I'm excited to put it to the test in the next couple months!

Brittany Lefler at on 03/29/2011

Kept me dry in 5 days of rainy afternoons through Mono Pass near Rock Creek CA. I trust this bivy! Durable, breathable, just dry it out before you pack it up. Use a large trash bag to keep your backpack dry in the rain. I am 6 ft tall and this is the perfect size.

Tom at on 09/26/2012