Soloist Bivy


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Soloist Bivy
Manufacturer The North Face
Page By tymelero
Page Type Sep 30, 2002 / Sep 30, 2002
Object ID 494
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Lightweight construction means you can always have the bivy in emergencies
Gore-Tex® shell fabric is lightweight, durably water- and windproof and very breathable
70D nylon taffeta floor is polyurethane-coated to 2000 mm hydrostatic resistance for waterproofness and resistance to abrasion
DAC Featherlite aluminum poles are up to 15% lighter than poles of equal strength and, as there are no inserts, are less susceptible to breakage at this critical point
Unique two-pole design creates comfortable sleeping space with headroom
Mesh door with zipper storm flaps allows access and bug-free ventilation for all weather conditions
Head and foot venting offer climate control and airflow
Internal mesh pockets store small items


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tymelero - Sep 30, 2002 5:50 pm - Voted 5/5

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The North Face has hit the mark with this bivy sack. I like its design because of the tent like features in a small and light bivy format. The tent features include two aluminum poles crossing at the head to keep the bivy off your face and give the sack a more stable platform in the wind. The bivy sack can be staked to the ground to further increase its stability. There are handy pouches at the head end to store things like your headlamp, or your midnight snack.

The outer fabric is 3-layer gortex to keep the wind and wetness out yet be breathable inside. The bottom fabric is rubberized nylon for maximum durability. There are two zippers in the head area. One zips the entire gortex shell closed and one zips a screen mesh in the face area for maximum breath ability on those nice nights.

Since I have purchased this bivy sack I have completely stopped carrying a tent. The soloist has kept me both dry and kept the wind off me for several mountain ascents. I have not tested the soloist in a snowstorm. Since the rear head vent cannot be closed I am not sure if you could keep spindrift out of the sack in a snowstorm.

Pluses: Light weight, gortex shell, stable

Minuses: Head vent may not keep out snow

I highly recommend this bivy sack to anyone who is need of a lightweight ascent shelter.

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