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Price $319.95 at Amazon$179.00 at REI$249.95 at Backcountry
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Pros Durable, weather resistance, warmLightweight, weatherproof, roomy, ease of use, bug screen, and on and onDurable, lots of head room, completely weatherproofLightweight, versatile, stows easily, price is rightExtremely lightweight, packable
Cons Strange venting system, heavy, not free standing when unzippedStuff sack too largeOverkill for milder climates, heavierLeaky zippersExpensive, no zipper
Bottom Line While the BD Bipod is quite functional, it isn't without a few frustrating aspectsWe searched high and low looking for some drawback with the OR Helium Bivy and found noneThe Alpine is ultra capable in cold and wet environments. A true four-season bivyA functional, lightweight bivy with several features to keep you comfortable and a few bucks in your walletA lightweight and simple model that helps protect against unforeseen wind, weather, and cold
Rating Categories Black Diamond Bipod Outdoor Research Helium Bivy Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy Backcountry Bivy MSR Pro Bivy
Weather Resistance (25%)
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Ventilation (15%)
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Specs Black Diamond Bipod Outdoor Research... Outdoor Research... Backcountry Bivy MSR Pro Bivy
Measured Weight (oz.) 28.3 oz 16.3 oz 20.7 oz 13.6 oz 8.9 oz
Packed Size (in.) 6" x 15" 4" x 12.5" 4" x 15.5" 3" x 9.5" 8" x 3.5"
Waterproof? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Open Length (in.) 92" 82" 84" 80" 88"
Shoulder Width (in.) 30" 26" 26" 36" 36"
Material (top/bottom) ToddTex Top: Pertex Shield 2.5L 100% nylon Bottom: 100% 40D nylon Top: 3-layer Gore-Tex Respiration Positive fabric
Bottom: Waterproof Hydroseal coated nylon
Top: 20D Nylon Ripstop
Bottom: 30D Nylon Ripstop
20D ripstop nylon 2 ply breathable 1000mm
Bug Mesh? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Sleeping Bag or Pad Attachments? No Yes Sleeping pad straps No No
Poles? Yes, Easton 7075 T9 aluminum Yes, one overhead shockcorded Delrin pole Yes, one overhead shockcorded Delrin pole No No
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