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Backpacker Magazine – August 2010

Gear Review: MontBell Breeze Dry-Tec U.L. Sleeping Bag Cover (Bivy)

This bivy stuffs smaller than a soda can.

by: Steve Howe

MontBell Breeze Dry-Tec U.L. Sleeping Bag Cover (Courtesy Photo)
MontBell Breeze Dry-Tec U.L. Sleeping Bag Cover (Courtesy Photo)

Forget paper-thin emergency sacks. This bivy stuffs smaller than a soda can and weighs less than most T-shirts, yet with taped seams and waterproof/breathable nylon fabric, it fends off wind and rain. Designers skipped zippers and snaps, and used an ultralight 15-denier fabric.

The combo saves beaucoup weight, but makes proper entry technique crucial to prevent rips: Stand in the foot section and pull it over your head before kneeling or sitting. Once you’re inside, it performs just like a classic bivy, including the minor condensation a tester felt during a winter storm in Utah. Downside: The ultrathin fabric needs TLC if you don’t have a pad. $125; 6.7 oz.;

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Devin Radcliffe
Jul 04, 2012

I think you guys are missing the point.

In the pyramid of hiking gear you can have something that is two of the three:


This thing is pretty cheap and very lightweight. It is therefore fragile. Treat your lightweight gear well and it should be fine.

Brian M
Oct 25, 2010

Seriously what is wrong with you people running this magazine? For $125 I could get a better airline flight that wouldn't put me in a survival situation to begin with!! We're average Joe's here with things called bills!! How bout testing somethin that a) won't rip unless you stand at a 135% angle, with your left leg perpendicular to your waist, while balancing 3 apples on your head and b) is something we would actually consider buying!! - For a great magazine, you guys sure are trying to lose readers with all this crap...

You dont need to know
Aug 26, 2010

I think you are so right Fred This mag is very expensive. You can get many durable cheaper things from walmart!

Jared Nance
Aug 25, 2010

Seriously? What good is a piece of survival gear if it's that delicate? And for $125!? You guys really are living in another world.

Aug 24, 2010

"Stand in the foot section and pull it over your head before kneeling or sitting." So we sleep with our head in the foot section of the bag and the feet sticking out the hood? I don't get it.

Shawn D.
Aug 24, 2010

Fred is right.. for that kinda money, it should be durable. For roughly the same cost, one could get a Sea to Summit, Reactor Thermolite bag liner, and a small lightweight silnylon tarp. For a few added ounces, you would be much better off to handle any survival situation. JMO SD

Aug 24, 2010

A hundred and twentyfive bones for something that if you are not careful might rip!? What world are you guys from? Perhaps your magazine might be labeled the Rich and the Frivolous. These items are cool but call me when the knife costs $20 and the Bivy won't rip.


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