Update - reply from Mammut social media team:
Finally, news about the bivy tent. The project has unfortunately been stopped.
The problem was that the material was either to heavy or not robust enough and the price for such a tent would have been too high for the market.
Two things first:
- This is an unfinished product. A prototype. It's not available on the market (yet?).
- Your feedback and input are highly appreciated by Mammut. Whatever you have to say about this single person bivy tent, you're welcome to drop it in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.
It's a single person bivouack tent.
What's it for?
For anything you want it to be.
I know this will be my new style to sleep in the snow from now on. But, as Manny from Video Trail Reviews said, it can be a great tent to take with you on mountain biking tours.
Ultralight backpacking? Of course.
Alpine mountaineering? Hmmm... Not really - unless you anchor it well and dig a snow pit to be protected from strong winds. It's worth a test on a short tour though.
Construction and features
As usual, Mammut's signature is high quality materials and attention to details.
Little things like the Sleep well written in a few languages (including mandarin) on the arched pole above your head and the Welcome Home written on the ground sheet before the entrance make you wanna have this thing even if you don't need it. :-)
I love the incorporated inflatable mat (Therm-a-Rest style)! It's comfortable and gives you about 3 cm loft insulation above the ground.
You also get a ground sheet that gets attached to the mat - protection for dirt and moisture.
The flysheet resembles the Gore Tex PacLite fabric - thin, waterproof and breathable. For ventilation, you have 3 mesh vents: 2 small ones in the ceiling and one down just at your head.
Update: The ventilation is amazing. With all vents open (including the one at the head), there's a constant stream of air flowing below the ceiling of the tent so you don't get the condensation (water droplets) as you would with most tents. This was tested during summer in Valea Gaura (Bucegi Mountains).
I'd add a large mesh for the entrance so you can sleep with the door open in the summer without being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
The arched inflatable poles that hold the flysheet are connected, so you have just one air inlet to work with. And if you absolutely need a pillow to sleep well, you have the hand pump. (she's a beauty, isn't she?) :-)
The bivy packs down to the size of any regular sleeping bag when packed and weighs below 2 kilos - 1815 grams to be more specific. (
A bivy tent to use and abuse
That's what I'm gonna do with it. And I'll update this article with my conclusions.
What do you think?
Based on what you've seen here,
- Do you like it?
- Would you buy it? How much would you pay for it?
- Have any ideas for improvements?
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