I've tried a bivy and don't much like being that close to scorpions, mice, curious marmots, bears etc. Also not crazy about the lack of waterproofing.
So, my requirements:
- Free-standing because it's often impossible to drive stakes in the rock above the tree line.
- Easy to set up, especially in the stiff winds above 10,000 feet that are always ready to wrap the tent around your legs or turn it into a kite.
- Under 4 pounds including poles, stakes, footprint and rain fly.
- Enough room to sit up, at least at one end, and,
- Less than $200.
Once set up, it's snug but comfy and easy to set up in. But beware, I am 5'7" and just about fill the available length. This may not work for taller folks.
We'll trail test it in the Sierras next month and expand on this review.
NOTE: This is my first time using the OSnap! iPhone app to make this time-lapse video. That process will improve next time as well.