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A brief history
Western Mountaineering (WM) was started in 1970 by two Californian mountaineers, whose emphasis on the finest raw materials, meticulous design and unsurpassed workmanship built the foundation of the company. WM have a vast range of down sleeping bags offering at least 3 bag lengths, 2 different zip options, 2 width fittings on key models and a choice of shell fabrics to suit different conditions.
WM down is the very best available and is ethically sourced in Europe. Each batch is tested in Switzerland to ensure it surpasses the EU900 fill power rating, before shipping to the factory in San Jose.
The Apache GWS
The Apache GWS is a great lightweight winter or alpine bag. The Gore Windstopper (GWS) outer, with DWR treatment, provides an enhanced weather protection where the bag is likely to come into contact with snow or wet equipment/tents.
On the standard 6' length bag, 510 g (19 oz) of EU900+ down provides 6” (15 cm) of loft giving a -4°C Comfort Rating and a -10°C Limit Rating. Yet the weight is only 1175g (2lb 6 oz).
The efficient cut allows the bag to heat quickly, and is complimented with 3D sewn full down collar and an oversized zip draft tube, both of which are capped with GWS fabric.
The Apache GWS is 59” (150 cm) wide across the shoulder and 38” (97 cm) at the foot. It is available in 5'6”, 6' and 6' 6” lengths, and left (standard) and right zip options.
There is also a wider fitting version called Badger GWS, providing an extra 7” of width.
Prices start from:
Apache GWS: £440
More information and a list of UK stockists here.
UK distributor: 01457 838 242 or visit the website below.
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