Information about Mountain Hardwear Conduit® SL Bivy
Closeouts. Slip into Mountain Hardwear's Conduit® SL bivy when wet weather interrupts your outdoor sleep. The waterproof breathable fabric has fully taped seams and a drawcord hood that seals in warmth.
Conduit® waterproof breathable fabric with fully taped seams keeps moisture out and warmth in
Zips into sleeping bags with compatible 70" zippers
Reviewed by buddhakan from Bridgeton, NJ on Monday, April 30, 2012
The Mountain Hardwear Conduit SL Bivy is a well designed, breathable, waterproof, all weather shell for your sleeping bag (NOTE: The bag is breathable to an extent. It is designed to transfer the moisture given off by your BODY, not your mouth. You can typically exhale over a liter of water each n...
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Reviewed by Montana from Michigan on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I wanted to like this, but it was too small for me. I'm 5 foot 10 inches, 170 pounds. When I got in the bivy with my Neoair xtherm sleeping pad and my Kelty Cosmic 0 degree sleeping bag, the sleeping bag was too compressed. That's not the most high end sleeping bag, since it uses 550 fill down. If you had a high end 850 fill bag that took up less space, maybe you'd be fine. But it was too tight for me.
Reviewed by Snowbridge from Bozeman, MT on Monday, January 7, 2013
Tried this bivy out on a winter camping/mountaineering trip. First night was -10F in a tent. Bivy performed well adding warmth and saving my sleeping bag from a water bottle leak on the tent floor. Second night in a newly built quincy with fine layers of snow causing wet conditions in sleeping area, bivy performed well again. I remained dry from the inside and out=breathable+waterproof. Zippers are slightly sticky, but well-made. Packs well, less than a pound, a great asset for the price.
Reviewed by Andrea from AL on Sunday, October 21, 2012
I picked this bivy up from STP in July for a multi-day trip in the Smokies. It's my first bivy so don't have much to compare it too but it kept me dry through a torrential downpour the first night. I went light and just had the bivy and an old rainfly, which sadly proved to have seen better days and was more of a showerhead than a rainfly. Water just beaded up on the bivy and rolled off. Nice!
It's lightweight and seems rugged enough. I put my sleeping bag and matress inside and put it right on the ground. Have used it in the Smokies and on the Pinhoti trail now with no problem.
It is a bit snug for me. It's a tight fit to get it over my women's size 14 butt but it's so light compared to a tent that I'm not complaining. And as another reviewer said, don't cover your face and breath in to it. It can't vent out that much moisture and you'll end up with a lot of condinsation on the inside of the bag.
Best Uses: Backpacking, Hiking
Cons: Too Cramped
Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Lightweight, Packs Small, Waterproof
Reviewed by ???? from Juneau, AK on Sunday, August 5, 2012
Reminds me of the original proto-type gore-tex bivy that was given to me by a Camp 7 rep in 1979. Simple and light and waterproof. All you need and nothing more.
When that original finally fell apart, I started looking for a new bivy. Almost everything on the market is over designed and over engineered to the point of absurdity. This results in high prices and too much weight.
Since I'm a cheapskate, and I'm lazy as well, this one sucked me in for a look.
They over engineered this one too, but you can fix that with sharp scissors and seam glue, and a little time.
This thing is three and a half ounces lighter if you cut out the ridiculous extra zipper on the inside, and is nicely waterproof if you then use Aqua-Seal to permanently seal the bottom 2/3 of the "waterproof" zipper.
This bivy now lives in my pack as emercency gear, and will be (already has been) used as a minimal high camp for summer and fall trips with no sleeping bag.
The Bivy is contracted of waterproof material, but like you said the face opening could let rain in. I often throw my rain jacket over the opening and sleep under trees with low hanging branches. More often then not I never get wet. I hope this helps. Keep in mind some bivy's zip completely closed, so that's also an option.
Answered on 9/5/2012 12:00:00 AM by Prod.Spec.Ryan from STP
I put my Klymit STATIC V Ultralight Camping Sleeping Pad (72" x 23") inside it last week. Plenty long enough. It was a bit narrow at the foot of the bivy for it but it worked fine. If you've got the small or medium you'll be good. If you've got the large (25" wide) it's going to be too wide at the bottom and you'll have to sort of curl it up the sides.
Answered on 10/21/2012 12:00:00 AM by Andrea from AL
Good question as this is an open-faced bivouac... Typically, I like to find moderate cover for my face (I usually carry a small tarp, but a branch, an overhang, anything that can give you somewhat of a block from a direct downpour. But basically, you just cinch it up tight so that only your mouth is exposed (you shouldn't exhale inside any bivy, as you'll end up creating as much moisture as the rain).
Answered on 4/30/2012 12:00:00 AM by buddhakan from Bridgeton, NJ