Black Diamond Bipod Bivy Bag
Black DiamondBipod Bivy Bag

A lightweight, vaulted sack that adds comfort and protection to any bivouac.

The Black Diamond Bipod Bivy is supremely functional, plenty comfortable, and totally ready to help you take on your next solo trek. An aluminum pole arches over the head and shoulder area to provide a roomy space so you won't feel claustrophobic. A large zippered entry on the Bipod Bivy provides easy access and great ventilation, and it rolls back to reveal a generously sized, no-see-um net panel. ToddTex waterproof breathable fabric provides protection from rain and snow while allowing the breathability necessary for a comfortable, moisture-free night.

  • Freestanding single-wall bivy design saves weight by eliminating the need for a tent canopy and fly; ideal for four-season climbing and trekking applications
  • Waterproof breathable Todd-Tex fabric sheds wet weather and breathes exceptionally well to help reduce condensation
  • Taped seams prevent dripping water or morning dew from sneaking in through the fabric joints
  • One aluminum pole creates space above head to improve air flow, decrease condensation, and limit claustrophobia
  • Half-moon zip entry provides easy access
  • Large mesh panel keeps out bugs and helps cut down on condensation buildup
  • Multiple stakeout loops provide secure anchoring in the wind
  • Small size fits easily into a backpack, bike pack, or haul bag
  • Based off original design from Bibler
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

How to die in a bivy bag

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Ever wondered how to die in a bivy bag? It's really simple, but here's the method I recommend: Do it in the Black Diamond Bipod bivy via these pathways:

1) Compress your insulation
The Bipod is not built for a high r-value pad and a high loft sleeping bag. I stuffed a Big Agnes Double Stuffed Double Z and a North Face Inferno -20 sleeping bag in this thing, crawled in, and found my feet pressing through my insulation to the bivy wall. The top layer of the bag is too tight and compresses the insulation against the body, too. Given the winter trips over 12k ft that I bought this bivy for, this is an absolute no-go.

2) Have a complex zipper system
The zippers over your head and where they land are crucial when you're stuffed into a frackin body bag. With a net zipper and a shell zipper, and multiple pulls on both, this sucka is insane to get in and out of. No cord pulls on the zippers with reflector cord... talk about a scary emergency exit.

3) Complex setup
Bivy bags are great for a couple situations. One of those is high wind, high altitude, low temperature camp outs without any princesses along. The pitch has to be fast, simple, and not requiring any fancy finger work or added frustration. Does this bivy accomplish that? Yea-nooo. This bivy comes with an idiotic cloth pole hole system that likes to pop out when you're trying to get the other side mounted. The pole doesn't come with any bullet tips, so it's like trying to feed a water pipe through a sock with one hand. Wanna do that in 60 mph winds while it's snowing? Nope.

Otherwise, this bivy is the closest thing I've seen on the market to a livable bivy. Aside from the foot box being too small, and without any box to it; and the stupendously wrong pole system, and the small volume, I had great hopes for this item. I would use it with a low loft pad and a thin 20 degree bag, but I'm afraid that this is not a piece of gear I will be trusting my life with in the conditions I intended it for. . Such great potential, but a very dangerous failure in design. The Bibler Tripod Bivy it takes after appears superior. It is sad to see this bivy fail. It is the only bivy on the market with a good entry and headroom. Three simple design changes and I'd buy two of these -- it's so close to being a solid piece of gear.

I'll be reutrning this one.

Hey Peter, thank you for the review. I am sure this will help others looking for a high alpine bivy.

Bipod bivy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I brought this sack up with me for some early winter camping . First night was around -6F, second night was closer to 8F. I was plenty warm.

I'm a smaller person so I was able pull my medium sized dog to sleep in the head space with me.

Even with the two of us breathing into the thing for two nights the condensation was minimal.

Good product, couldn't have gone without it.

Watch this video on Vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/152067003
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It's featured in silly GoPro edit!

Bipod bivy

This is a very sturdy and stron Bivy.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

In the Sierra and spring ranges I've not tested how weather proof it is, but I'm sure it will do just fine. It's light, but not the lightest, but it does seem far warmear than a friends OR. I normally downgrade warmth in my bag as a result. If I'm expecting nighttime temps in the 20s, I'll take my ultralight 36 degree bag and will be fine.

Sturdy, waterproof, dependable

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this bivy. Yes, it's small and cramped, hard to get in and out of, but you know that when you're buying a bivy bag. The structure is great, and the headroom is adequate for a smaller individual like myself. Overall good minimalist solo shelter.

My biggest complaint is that the lack of space brings the shelter in contact with even a light sleeping bag, compressing the fluff and causing cold spots for your legs and lower torso. I've tried a few different things to keep it off, including propping my shoes upright at the toe end (much easier said than done), nothing seems to work.

This is supposed to be four season, but it doesn't make sense with low-rated sleeping bags because of this flaw.

The unfortunately discontinued tripod bivy, on the other hand, is perfect.

awesome bivy so far

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

So far, I have only used this bivy once. setup was super easy and simple. staking it out helps a lot to keep the bivy upright and of course not blow away, but its not required. I used this in steady 20-25 mph winds, in the low 50's. while this isn't very cold, everything got wet from dew, so it felt cold. I also had no sleeping bag, and no warm clothing. only a pad and sleeping liner. This bivy kept me warm enough to make it through the night, and no moisture got in. There was only a small amount of condinsation. Theres enough storage space for maybe some food, water, and a layer or two. The bivy is a little restricting, but i haven't found this to be a problem. I highly recommend this bivy for all types of conditions, and will update when winter comes around.

Do you use your sleeping pad under the bivy or inside?

I don't have this item, but since the description labels it as a sack rather than shelter/tarp then I would assume you put your bag inside and that it has a floor.

I have this bag and sleep with my Thermarest 36" long pad inside it. The pad is one inch thick, and I am 5'10" and 145 lbs. If you have a thicker pad or need more room, you could put the pad under the bivy. An inflatable pad might need a ground sheet to protect it from puncture.

Looked cool, but...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was hoping for a little more structure than this bivy sack provided. Maybe I expected it to be more like a tent than a super strong sleeping bag, but that's what it felt like. I returned it and got a light 2 person tent.

It says that an optional footprint is sold...

It says that an optional footprint is sold separately. Does Backcountry offer one specific to this bivy, or where else could I find one?

Best Answer

Andrea, unfortunately this bivy does not have a footprint nor is it sold separately. It is designed to be used like most bivy sacks. Quick set up and relatively light. In fact, I'm not aware of any bivy (poled or not) that offers a footprint/ground cover. Perhaps BC will correct the description.

Sick bivy

    I pretty much lived in this thing last summer as a wildland firefighter and it still looks brand new! This thing is super durable and as waterproof as a Submarine. The only wetness I ever encountered was condensation between my pad and the bottom of my sleeping bag. On one fire we were sleeping on a church lawn and halfway through the night the sprinklers came on, I stayed put and was totally dry the next morning. The pole is especially nice in the summer to keep the mesh off your face so Mosquitos can't bite you through it. The tripod bivy looks super roomy but its also almost twice as heavy, which in my mind defeats the purpose of using a bivy sack. Bottom line this is the best 4 season bivy out there.

    Awesome

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This bivy is light and built with quality materials. I was a little worried about being claustrophobic, but it provides just enough room to feel comfortable. I put my pack near my feet to give it a little more roominess.

    Elk Hunting in Montana

    This tent is exceptional. I have used it in the snow and rain. No problems ever.

    Elk Hunting in Montana

    I'm fairly certain this is a photo of the BD Tripod Bivy.

    Is the Black Diamond Bipod Bivy Bag...

    Is the Black Diamond Bipod Bivy Bag waterproof?

    Per Black Diamonds site
    A stormproof bivy with headroom, the Bipod Bivy utilizes a single shock-corded Easton aluminum pole to lift the bivouac sack away from your head and shoulders. It's built from waterproof, windproof and breathable ToddTex

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      For side sleepers like me, the Bi-Pod Bivy is way too tight in both the hip and shoulder areas. Also, I use the Thermarest Neo-Air mattress which when fully inflated takes-up three inches in height.

      I have reordered and have received the heavier but far more spacious Tri-Pod Bivy. Its size is just right for me.

      The quality of both models is excellent.

      I have two complaints with both models. First, the zip-up opening is much too small. The opening should have at least one more foot to facilitate entry into the bivy. Second, I don’t understand why the outer seams don’t come pre-sealed from the factory. Instead you are sent a tube of sealer and a syringe and must do it yourself.

      Has anyone had trouble with this one-pole...

      Has anyone had trouble with this one-pole system staying up in the wind? I like what people have to say about this sack but was thinking a two-pole system might be more stable.

      The pole has an extremely tight fit inside the bivy so you shouldn't have to worry about the stability. I haven't had any trouble to date with it in the wind.

      I will agree with the other answer. The single pole fits pretty tightly. And if you use the four loops for tent stakes you can stake it down so that it is taught and unmovable.

      It Does the Job

        In mid-September, I used my Black Diamond Bipod Bivy during a four day hike on Katahdin and around Baxter State Park in Maine. Needing to replace a worn out bivy, I bought it with the idea that it would serve several useful functions at a weight of only one pound thirteen ounces: it would keep me safe from mosquitoes, it would add to the warmth of my sleeping bag, and it would provide emergency shelter should I get stuck somewhere on the trail and have to spend the night away from the campgrounds where we had reserved lean-tos.

        A frosty first night made the issue of mosquitoes moot, but I was pleasantly surprised at how warm I was during the night inside my sleeping bag and bivy sack. Soon after lying down I became too warm and had to remove first my fleece jacket and then my wool sweater to get comfortable for the night. I tucked them alongside me in my 20 degree down sleeping bag so they would be warm in the morning when I put them on again. I also tucked my water filter inside the bag because freezing might damage it.

        I didn’t put up the bivy’s hoop as there were no bugs and I wanted to sleep with my face out in the air. My five foot ten inch and 145 pound frame found plenty of room inside the bag and there was lots of room for my jacket and sweater down one side of the bag and for storage on the floor of the bag above my head. I felt inside the bag in the morning and found no condensation.

        $20 bucks says the spalding kid picks his nose.

          Love this bivy. Zero set up time (just unroll it and throw it on the ground) and great protection. The mesh bug screen is nice and the opening is a good size to get in and out of. I'm 5-9 and have no trouble with room in this guy. I can even throw my pack in at the top if my feet are all the way at the bottom. It definitely keeps you warm too. I've woken up with the outside covered in frost and had no moisture built up inside and stayed completely warm. Love this bivy and highly recommended to buddies.

          This comment has no bearing whatsoever on the bivy in question, but I had to give Silas props on the Caddyshack quote. Well played, my man, well played...

          big hitter...the Llama.

          another $20 bucks says he eats it...

          my 5yr daughter picks her nose and eats it and i think it's cute and so is she. but, i have this bivy and it rocks. use it for winter packing all the time.

          A foot box design seems absent. How does...

          A foot box design seems absent. How does this affect the sleeping bag loft on your feet? Do you feel the bivy sack pushing down on your toes? Can your toes stay warm?

          It has a little bit more material at the end of it so that your feet have room. It doesnt press down on your feet but it is just laying on top of the end of your bag but it shoudl still keep your feet warm

          I found it best to not stake it down because of the lack of foot space. This is the bipod's biggest weakness, I think.

          How much does the BD Bipod Bivy pole weigh?...

          How much does the BD Bipod Bivy pole weigh? Can the bag be used as a regular bivy without the pole? Tossing up between BD hooped bivvy (0.5kg - no side zip) and BD Bipod (1kg - with zip). Can I use the Bipod without pole for mountaineering/emergency?

          Best Answer

          The pole weighs 84 grams. You can definitely use the bivy without the poles (I have many times). All the pole really does is give you a little head room which can be nice at times.

          Fantastic!

            I've had my bivy since Jan 05 and have used it pretty steady year-round guiding since then. It's roomy and very comfortable to fit anything I need to keep close. I'm small (5'2 130lbs) so can get fully dressed in snow gear in the bivy if needs be. Only thing is I wish I'd seam-sealed it right away. Since I did it after 3 years it pulled all the seam tape off and made a mess. But I'm still dry sleeping out in the rain or snow with rare waterproofing treatment.

            How did you waterproof seal it?

            The Perfect Compromise

              I just got back from using this at 10K feet on Mt. Rainier. It dipped below freezing with 50 mph wind guests and the bivy performed flawlessly. No condensation and very wind resistant. I was able to fit my boots, water, food, and extra clothing in with me. It provides just enough space to prevent claustrophobia and no more. My only complaint is that it could benefit from a little extra shoulder room (I'm only 5-8, 160lbs). Otherwise ideal for a foul weather bivy. I plan on bringing it often for climbs.