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Gear Details: Bivy Sacks

Simple Bivy

Manufacturer: The North Face


Product Details:
Product Year2011
Number of Poles:No
Pole Material:High-strength aluminum
Diameter of Poles (mm):
Shell Fabric:Proprietary waterproof/breathable
Length (inches):89
Width (inches):29
Girth (inches):
Interior Height (inches):
Weight (lbs, oz): 1
THERE IS NO POLE DryWall™ proprietary single skin / Double door and double vestibule / Light and simple clip pitch / High-low venting / PU port on rainfly / Handy loop for hanging headlamps and accessories / DAC stakes DryWall™ is not just another generic house-brand waterproof-breathable tent fabric. It’s a ground-breaking development between The North Face and the top Japanese mill, Mitsui. We now have a fabric that is inherently fire retardant. This eliminates the need to add F/R chemicals to a thick polyurethane (PU) coating, which was previously the standard method of passing CPAI 84 fire regulations in the United States. A thick PU coating has the negative effect of dramatically reducing the fabric’s tear strength and breathability. Now we have a fabric that has higher tear strength than any of our existing rainfly fabrics (4 pounds on the Elmendorf, over 100 pounds tensile), an incredible DWR (does not wet out) and great breathability (869 g/m2/24h ASTM E96B), all in a lightweight package (67 g/m2).


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