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The North Face Trek Bivy Bivy Tents Review

The North Face Trek Bivy


Description

Top Fabric: Gore-Tex® Bivy Fabric, 3-Layer Bottom Fabric: 70D Nylon Taffeta with 2000mm PU Coating Number of Poles: 2
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Weight
2 lbs 7 oz (1111 g)


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Review Date
July 11, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Steve Conley ,  Backpacker

Summary:
The Trek Bivy is uniquely a cross between a bivy and a tent. I love the ease in which it sets up. I recommend guying it out at the loop that is in place about half way up the front seam of the door. This helps with the sag that can occur more or less depending on weather conditions, in the material between the front and back pole hoops. To help control condensation, open the door as much as the weather permits. I have yet to use it for winter trekking, but it has easily stood up to full three season use.

Customer Service:
Very pleased over the years (since 1974) with TNF Customer Service. I still wish they hadn't gone public.

Similar Products Used:
I have six other TNF tents and a standard bivy.


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Review Date
April 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Esko Woudenberg ,  Backpacker , from Big Bear City, CA, USA

Summary:
I really liked this bivy. When I first set it up I was doubtful that I would fit into it. (I am 6' 4" tall) But I fit a termarest type pad and zero degree Wiggys bag in it without any problems. I really liked the little mesh pocket which allowed me to put my glasses, small flashlight, etc close at hand. I had read many statements about how horrible bivys are and expected to feel claustrophobic. However; the two hoops make it feel more like a really small tent than an "emergency" shelter. I plan on using this for backpacking, SAR (Search and Rescue) instead of a tent. The 2 person tent I used on last backpacking trip led me to buy this bivy.

Customer Service:
No complaints. Quick, professional, accurate, no surprises.

Similar Products Used:
Have not used any other bivy. Not sure I would settle for a standard bivy after using this one either... Regular price of $299 is steep - Glad I got it for $180


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Review Date
March 17, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: ranger77 ,  Backpacker , from North Carolina

Summary:
This Bivy borders on single man tent size but resolves the problem of keeping
sleeping bag ect. dry when it is still raining in the morning. Although when humid, inside condensation can overwhelm due to poor ventilation (true of all bivys). Fits 6'6" touching at the feet but comfortable (material off of face). Allows enough room to squirm into clothes if it is raining in the morning. Can be difficult to set up due to
the odd shape. It requires tent pegs to be repositioned multiple times to get the correct layout. Top material is excessive and sags too much while base is already
tight.

Customer Service:
Never delt with.

Similar Products Used:
The North Face Rainer, Outdoor Research advanced bivy, Eureka Geome.


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Review Date
January 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: steevo cummings ,  Backpacker , from pittsburgh, pa

Summary:
Well, Bike tourer wasnt an option, but I used this while riding mountain bikes aroudn montana last summer, and it wasnt too hot. I also used it camping in the late fall and I wasnt too cold. Easy to set up and very dry and nice. Small but not too small. It is good. More of a one man tent than a bivy. I dont think they are produced anymore

Customer Service:
never had to deal, but friends ended up buying what seemed to be a "in the desert only" tent from TNF a few years ago, and they pretty much didnt care that the tent didnt hold out water.

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sierra designs clip flashlight cd.


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Review Date
November 9, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: dave ,  Backpacker , from rhode island

Summary:
decent. not really tested in serious rain or snow, but the gore-tex has not breather well, as moisture has built up from time to time. overall, it is good, if you can set it up the way it is supposed to be

Customer Service:
TNF customer service sucks.

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none


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