/ Lightweight Down Sleeping Bag
I'm looking for suggestions for a good down sleeping bag for use at high altitude in summer. I know PHD are highly recommended and Alpkit do cheap down bags. How about offerings from the likes of Mountain Equipment, Mountain Hardwear, Rab etc?
My main criteria would be a warmest bag possible that is sub 1kg.
Your suggestions would be appreciated.
I love my Zero 250 ME for British spring to autumn, so frequently below 0deg, amazingly warm for 600g total. the 550 seems to weigh in at less than a kg, I imagine that would be toasty
I have a rab quantum 400 used in himalayas used with fleece bag as duo combo, used to 5,500m ok. well made bag, zips baffles etc very good lived in it for a month.
have phd bag with 250g down for summer alpine bivy, I chose options for long zip. v good quality ad per ran.
I have Western Mountaineering Versalite:
Wife has PHD Hispar 500 but it was with "800 down" before they discovered the "900 down" and the tooth fairy.
The PHD weighs slightly more although the WM Versalite is the Long version.
Both about the same warmth, Western Mountaineering better made, the PHD zips are awful, jamb because they dont put hard faced band next to zip to stop material catching. Save weight (rubbish since WM do sew one in, save them a bit of cost)
Used the WM for camps at up to about 6500m on snow and ice.
Worth considering a DownMat 7 since you loose a load of heat downwards.
A lot more robust than you would imagine and not that much hassle to inflate. A lot warmer and more confortable than same weight of Thermarest.
Elsewhere on the site
Hot Aches Productions premiered their latest film Redemption: The James Pearson Story at Kendal Mountain Festival on... Read more
2014 has been a bumper year for climbing publications. Here's a few of the ones that we have either read, or ones that we... Read more
On the run up to Christmas we have some great savings on all your favourite brands, so its the perfect time to do the... Read more
Skiing Baffin’s couloirs has been on my to do list ever since I saw Andrew McLean and Brad Barlage’s inspirational... Read more
WINTERFEST 2014 at Outside in Hathersage 6th and 7th December 2014 Outside's ever popular Winterfest event is back... Read more