Borah Gear Snowyside bivi

Discussion in 'Wanted & Swaps' started by Chiseller, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    any one got one taking up space in the sock drawer?
  2. benp1

    benp1 Trail Blazer

    It’s great :)
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  3. Congur

    Congur Hiker

    You've got mail :)
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  4. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Still looking :thumbsdown:
  5. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    I'd look at MLD mate, the Borah gear stuff is crap

    Badly designed and badly made, i'd never buy anything else from them
  6. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Cheers, sadly MLD don't make a waterproof bivi :(
  7. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    They do 2 don’t they?
  8. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Cheers, I didn't know... Best get saving and watch the exchange rate :thumbsup:
  9. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    Someone on the MLD FB page bought one musta been late last year. Might be worth sticking up a wanted add there, I don't think they liked it much.
    MLD used to do a choice on the base fabric for the event soul bivy, DCF, Sil or Event. It's only Sil now, wish i hada got one when you could go full event :(.
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  10. oreocereus

    oreocereus Section Hiker

    A very absolutist review. Most reviews I’ve seen seem to be pretty happy with his stuff? I think most concede everything is pretty basic and simple in design, but that’s kind of part of the price point I figured.

    I enquired about a custom Enlightened Equipment style bivy a few year back before they became a more common commercially available designs. The help and customer service received was exemplary (that’s part of making sales of course), and the quote given was beyond reasonable - I priced out materials to make my own, and it was about 30% extra £ to have someone with presumably a lot more design and sewing skills than myself.
    Didn’t go for the purchase due to it being a questionable use of limited funds, so I have no experience with the actual limitations of his design or apparent poor workmanship. Most reviews I’ve seen say workmanship is somewhere between “acceptable” to “very good”

    What was your experience?
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  11. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    If I get my mitts on a Yama flat tarp, I won't be needing a fully waterproof bivi ;)
    It's only for use with a fast tarp:thumbsup:
  12. murpharoo

    murpharoo Section Hiker

    My experience of Borah Gear is pretty good.

    I have a down sweater, down trousers and a cuben floored event bivi. I am picky and pedantic with my gear.

    The down trousers were a custom build and are perfect. In stitching / measurements and design.
    The down sweater was bought second hand (a little small) and leaks a little down - annoying.
    The Bivi is well made , very light and good quality materials. The issue is the midge net is a poor design with fiddly velcro attachment - a bit useless really. I wanted it as a cool weather Bivi as there is no way on earth I would consider a Bivi in midge season ! So the issue with the midge net didn't bother me too much.
    Horses for courses...
  13. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Not a review, just my opinion

    I have Borah Gear Event rain shell trousers, small tarp and more importantly a Snowyside bivvy
    So recon i've got enough direct experience to voice an opinion

    My opinion is, in both case the workmanship and design is crap :thumbsup:
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  14. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Interesting I was near to pulling the trigger on one of their other bivvys.
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  15. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    Same issue with me regarding the net window. No-see-um mesh and Velcro should not meet. It get tangled like “sticky-buds” and stretches the mesh.
    IIRC the Velcro leaves a 2” gap anyway. I want a zip on mine.

    Otherwise, I’m happy with what I got for the price.
    Mine’s E-vent top and 1oz Cuben bottom.
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  16. oreocereus

    oreocereus Section Hiker

    I’m curious about what is crap though? A lot of glowing reviews are so often from users who’ve camped a couple of times in their backyard then posted on Reddit, so it’s good to get some balance...

    Also did you get that all at once, or were you going back for punishment?;)
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  17. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I'd have like to here what the specific criticisms are. I've gone ahead and ordered an ultralight bivvy having read a few reviews and watched a YouTube review from someone who has used it for an extended period on the AT. Not expecting it to be perfect but recon it'll do a job for me. I guess. Our expectations vary.
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  18. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I'm hoping it's a cracker *in a good way*

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