An essential piece of gear for those chasing serious alpine adventures when shelter is not guaranteed and minimising weight is desired. The Alpine Cocoon is a reliable bivvy bag / emergency shelter and can offer general protection for your sleeping bag.
|Floor Fabric||40d Nylon Ripstop|
|Fly Fabric||eVent® EV 715-3L|
|Rolled Size (cm)||30 x 10|
|Minimum Weight (kg)||0.53|
|Total Weight (kg)||0.57|
A leader in waterproof and breathable technology, eVent® fabric will provide shelter and comfort during unfavourable weather conditions. The hydrophobic microporous ePTFE membrane eVent® fabric prevents rain droplets from passing through while continuing to allow air vapour to scape at an efficient rate making it both extremely waterproof and breathable.
Using a 40-denier ripstop nylon weave this tent floor fabric is incredibly durable and will resist abrasions when used in rough terrain. The multiple PU coatings give the 40d Ripstop Nylon fabric extreme water resistance, ensuring that the water stays on the outside when the rain sets in.
You are best to clean your tent with a natural soap (non-detergent; e.g. pure soap, vegetable soap, Granger's Tent Clean or Lux Soap Flakes) and a soft-bristled brush or sponge. Rinse well and dry in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight.
After washing your tent with a dilute solution of Nikwax Tech Wash, we recommend that you reproof the tent fly with Nikwax Tent & Gear Proof.
Condensation is an ever-present problem when you're trying to stay dry in the outdoors. You have probably experienced the same thing on a wet day when you have just climbed into the car and the windows seem to take forever to clear. In small tents, the problem is exactly the same and shows up as condensation on the inside of the fly.
Condensation is the result of atmospheric conditions, which we cannot prevent, but can only minimize with good design and an understanding of the factors, which can make the problem worse.
During periods of high humidity, such as during rain, it can be impossible to remove or reduce condensation. In these conditions, even a high degree of ventilation can actually increase the condensation rather than reduce it. In dry snow conditions, the humidity is usually very low, which can help to minimize condensation.
The more effective barrier that the tent fly fabric provides to stop rain getting through, the worse the condensation problem will be. This puts our tent designers in a difficult position and they naturally tend to favour keeping the rain out.
Because we all have to live with condensation, Macpac tents are designed with a gap between the fly and the ground, as well as active ventilation systems, to reduce the amount of condensation forming.
Very light weight I lay on wet grass in the bush and water did not come through , the mesh was very good I did not get bitten so that was great
Andrew B, 16/11/16
Have used the bivvy bag a few times now and found it surprisingly comfortable. Without a pole support the mesh sometimes sits on my face but is light enough to not bother me at all. In cooler conditions some condensation builds up around my sleeping bag but that's to be expected with the temperature difference. I have a sleeping bag with water resistance outer so it was fine. By the time the morning sun peaks the inside is dry again thanks to the event membrane. The mesh keeps out the mosquitoes out. Have not used it in wet conditions yet but am looing forward to heading out with it again soon. 4/5 as I think in wet weather a light wire hood support could be handy.