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The North Face - Asylum Bivy (Fall 2012)

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Bivy with headroom
Asylum Bivy (Fall 2012)
Foil Grey
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Description
The Asylum is a gossamer poled bivy that features ground-breaking DryWallâ„¢ fabric that's flame retardant, breathable, water-resistant, and super lightweight.
Specifications
Manufacturer The North Face
Weight 1 lbs. 10 oz
Color Foil Grey
Size One Size
Tent Sleeps 1 Person
Free Standing No
Length 93 in.
Width 25 in. (Head)
Stuff Size 17 in. x 7 in.
Material DryWall
Other Features DryWall proprietary single skin
Door and footbox venting
Fully seam taped canopy and floor
Best-in-class construction
DAC Ball Cap brow attachment
Handy loop for hanging headlamps and accessories
DAC stakes
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Lightweight, minor condensation Review by pablo
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I've only used the tent a half-dozen times, so far not in the pouring rain. Condensation, the bugaboo of all bivies, isn't a problem on nights you can leave the side door/vent open, including with the screen zipped to keep out the bugs. On one trip, though, in the Rockies, when outside temps dipped into the high teens, and I had to zip the door shut, the condensation would freeze, and rain down on on the inside, instead of passing through the single-walled material. Had a small puddle in the corner of the bivy, and a damp sleeping bag, but since it was a synthetic, no problem, and the days were warm and dry, it dried out quickly. Not sure the same would be true of a down bag, though. Can't beat the weight, and headroom, and easy to pitch, so no other complaints, and better than my previous two bivies by a long shot.

(Posted on 9/15/12)

Great addition to my equipment Review by stevejill91
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I had been looking for something small but I did not want to feel like I was sleeping in a bag. I took it out in winter when the temp dropped to about 38 deg., I was very comfortable inside. Heat retention in this spacious bivy (more like a small tent) seemed to be improved because of the design. I my reg ten (NorthFace Tadpoll) I would have been colder but the smaller spacing seemed to create a heat barrier. Getting in and out was easier that I thought it would be. Im 6,1 and 250 and I was comfortable. I had plenty of room to roll around in my bag thought out the night.
There is'nt enough room for a full pack with you but there is for you immediat things. Even with a tent my pack hangs on a tree anyhow.

(Posted on 3/1/12)

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