Over the past few years, I’ve learnt the value of bivy sacks, especially if I’m on a solo camping trip. When I came across the Black Diamond Spotlight Bivy Sack in Wasabi green, I couldn’t wait to test it out.
Setting it up was fairly straight forward as it’s just a single aluminium pole construction bivy sack. I was a little bit concerned about how it would deal with the wet mud as it had rained the night before, but the inside of the tent remained completely clear throughout testing.
I wanted to test the space inside so I climbed in which was much easier than I’m used to with other bivy sacks that I’ve tried. The entry is controlled by a zipper which makes it secure and easy to get in and out of. By the time night came around, I was ready for a sleep so I climbed in to my sleeping bag which still left me with plenty of space to get comfortable.
When I woke up in the morning, one of the first things that I did was to check for signs of condensation of which there was none, not even a drop. The bivy sack’s material is made from a NanoShield fabric which made it completely breathable and it did a great job of expelling the moisture from my breathing, while keeping the cold air outside at bay. The meshing feature is a great bonus and provided ventilation throughout the night. Overall one of the best bivy sacks that I’ve used.
With patented NanoShield fabric and a color that sushi would envy, the Black Diamond Spotlight Bivy Sack is much more than a one man tent; it’s a high-performance piece of camping gear that can deflect even the roughest rain.
We’ve tried it in the garden, on a mountain and even lakeside for an overnight fishing trip and it performed perfectly every time. The meshing is very easy to see out of whilst being difficult to see inside, so you can have privacy and fresh air without sacrificing movement or comfort. The only way that they could improve this sack would be to create a double to share the greatness, but then it would be a tent wouldn’t it.