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Carinthia Observer Plus Biwakzelt IRR – Testbericht Gear Review


Hey Guys today i introduce you to the Bivy Tent Observer Plus from Carinthia. I’ve already tested it for a while and will tell you a little bit about it. Have fun and see you later! The bivy tent of Carinthia, in contrast to a normal bivy bag has free-standing poles that forms a kind of dome at the head end. Through this expanded space, the one-man tent is good for observation, wildlife photography as a hiding place or for hunting. Of course it can also be used as inconspicuous weatherproof one-man camping tent. The Observer Plus will be delivered in a spacious pack sack with compression straps and has, at best, the dimensions of 35x12cm. With these dimensions, it fits well in every larger side pocket of a backpack or can be fastened to the backpack. The weight is incl. Accessories 1385g. At your chosen point the bivy tent is set up in about 2-3 min. For this it is simply unrolled and spread out put together the two supplied aluminum rods pushed through the guide channels and finally mounted crosswise in the eyelets. After that, depending on the ground, to protect or improve the comfort you can insert a ground sheet. There are straps in the corners and in the middle for fixation. For information, the optimal dimensions for a good fit are 195x60cm. I personally dont use the loops and put my ground sheet just below and fix the Observer above. There are 6 mounting points 4 at the attachment points of the rod assembly and 2 more in the foot. Due to the large loops branches can be inserted and weight down. If it should go faster or the ground is too hard. Pegs are not included, so you have to carve or use your own. After this the tent is ready for use. In the entrance area there is a large L-shaped opening with 2 zippers once across and another lengthways. Each zipper is here protected by a large flap, which can be additionally fixed with snaps in windy weather. Behind the top zipper, is yet another zipper that lays the integrated mosquito net between the opening when needed. So you are protected well against insects at high outside temperatures without having to compromise on fresh air. Via the buttons you can make the opening including mosquito net something more weatherproof. Who has no insects to fear can fix the rolled mosquito net over the two loops. A third loop at the left side would certainly not hurt, since the net sometimes hangs a bit down. At the top in the middle is still a small eyelet that I use for my solar panel. Let’s look at the front. There is a small fly that protects in the open state against sun glare or rain before dripping water down in the tent. In addition, the contours are less conspicuous. By tighten the fly over the two straps the front is tensed, annoying flapping in the wind reduces reduces the window and lifted the lower edge to 20cm. Thus, its more difficult for smaller animals to get into the tent and the snow in winter up to a certain level do not immediately slips in the head area. It should be noted here that the straps and cord stopper still hang outside after delivery. For this, there are left and right small bushings for the cord stoppers to operate from the inside. Over the double zipper, the front can be opened from inside and outside and you have free view for observe. In addition, the opening is large enough to get in and out or if the weather is fine, to work well out of opening for example to prepare food or similar. If you want to observe something inconspicuous and protected only the observation slit can be opened in the middle behind the flap for example, to use a spotting scope, binoculars or a camera. The double zipper opening can be well adjusted, but completely sealed they will not. For nights in warm weather there is also in the front area an integrated mosquito net which is closed with an extra double zipper. Especially in the summer when the Gore Tex membrane will lose breathability by the higher outer temperatures the extra ventilation with insect protection is very pleasant. By the way At the material here has been processed for the entire tent a wind and waterproof Gore-Tex laminate. A 3-layer fabric with an inner and outer layer of 100% polyamide 6.6 and a membrane made of Gore-Tex with gas permeable technology. With this technology, in addition to water vapor Carbon monoxide can transported to the outside and fresh oxygen can entering. Of course, you should not expect miracles but you really have that feel inside that there is a good air exchange. Breathing problems I had not in any case, only at very high outside temperatures it can be a bit muggy and it comes to a slight condensation film if the Observer is completely closed. What could be a problem is the available space. The bivy tent is 240cm long, 75cm wide and 60cm high in the dome area. If you look at the entry and front area of, you see that you have to organize well. Small pockets or bags inside one searches in vain. Nevertheless, the most necessary fits into it and you can do longer trips with it. The backpack with contents for 2-3 days a camera, a fanny pack, a small tripod a large Spotting Scope and of course the sleeping bag and sleeping pad can fit. After that it is indeed damn tight but even my boots find space at the side and do not have to stand outside. The processing of the Observer is impeccable, as you know it from Carinthia. All seams are properly taped, the zippers can tear easily and the ground is again processed to the edge with a thicker outer layer. Here you can see the difference between the material of the upper and lower sides. Above, easier smooth ripstop fabric and down slightly heavier and thicker. In the military version the complete Observer is from the heavier, rougher material this results about 350g more weight slightly reduces the breathability but has better IR properties for it. On the subject of infrared suppression you see here in front of the civilian Observer highly reflective behind it the military Observer with good properties and at the back at the IR mark the normal bivy bag, also with good characteristics. FYI: In the future, Carinthia will produce all bivy bags with the infrared-friendly material. When closed, both are still somewhat Transparent so who uses a light inside and not want to attract attention should provide the light to the lowest setting, or use only low red light. We come to the conclusion. Yes, guys here I am again. I hope you liked the video. From me quickly the positive and negative points. Clearly for me the inconspicuous design and the color scheme it does not bother anyone at the camp out in the forest and you also disturbs nobody because he probably does not see you. The weather protection is A1, so I got the Observer already with heavy rain and used in winter at minus degrees and have always stayed dry and dont freeze. On Instagram, there are also one or the other picture of it. Then even the rapid assembly and, of course, the materials and the top processing quality. The negative points I have the very high purchase price There is no included Flick or tape set a fire in 3m distance was not a problem but it still would not have been bad. and for me personally the observer a little too short because when you use long optics you have to slip very far to the rear and the seams are unnecessarily stressed in the foot area. Otherwise, again a Top Product of Carinthia. A 5% (GEARGUIDE) voucher code until the end of the year on complete range there’s also and I’d say see you next time. Take Care Guys!

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