The Condensation Issue
Before we get into the good things about this nifty piece of camping gear, let’s review the whole condensation thing. Bivy sacks were invented so climbers making their way up steep mountain sides could protect themselves from the high winds and extreme temperatures that so often accompany such treks. And as well as they work in keeping the elements where they belong–outside–they traditionally have had problems with condensation when used during cold weather. Many bivy sacks available today are designed to reduce if not eliminate this issue, however even those that promise a condensation-free experience must be tried out to ensure the claim is true.
The Aqua-Quest ‘Single Pole’ Waterproof & Breathable Ultra Light Bivy Bivouac unfortunately doesn’t pass the condensation test. While the problem is limited primarily to colder weather, condensation with this bivy sack can get pretty darn bad. You’ll wake up to quite a bit of moisture in the morning, from your own sweat and condensation from your breath and body, however you can leave the top open a tad bit to allow for extra ventilation. This is key if you plan on purchasing this bivy sack!
Great Bug Protection
Sleeping on the ground in the woods or desert means insects are sure to find you. And possibly crawl on you. And possibly bite you. This single pole bivy sack works well at keeping critters from crawling on you, which is certainly not what you want to wake up to.
Waterproof with Zip-Up Rain Cover
The Aqua-Quest ‘Single Pole’ Waterproof & Breathable Ultra Light Bivy Bivouac is completely and totally waterproof–you won’t have any trouble there. A super-cool feature is the bivy’s small window, which accompanies its zip-up rain cover. Likened to “peeping out of a welder’s mask,” this cool feature allows you watch the starry skies and any surrounding storms without getting soaked or struck by lightning.
Quality Material, Less-Than-Quality Pole
Made with high-quality Laminated ESTER PU Coated 70-D Ripstop Nylon Taffeta, this bivy includes a fixed rear mesh panel for added circulation. The pole is made of lightweight aluminum, and it doesn’t take much to break it. Take extra care when using the pole, but know that if it does break, Aqua will likely send you a new one free of charge. This isn’t an incentive to break the darn thing of course, but it’s nice to know!
Really, Really Warm
You might want to use the Aqua-Quest ‘Single Pole’ Ultra Light Bivy Bivouac when the weather is the most temperate, such as late spring and early fall. Using it in summer easily results in waking up sweaty, so unless you love camping in wetlands, you’ll probably be just fine without it in the summer.
Despite the potential condensation issues, this bivy is a quality, waterproof option you’ll be happy to use again and again. Lightweight, easy to set up, and featuring the super-cool ‘lil window, the Aqua-Quest ‘Single Pole’ Waterproof & Breathable Ultra Light Bivy Bivouac is ideal for those who want extra protection from bugs or when they know rain is a-comin’. You’ll easily have no clue it’s raining when you sleep inside this comfortable bivy!