Western Mountaineering (WM) was started in 1970 by two Californian mountaineers, whose emphasise 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 MF
The Apache MF sleeping bag pushes the traditional boundaries of a 3-season classification. 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 905g (2lb).
The efficient cut allows the bag to heat quickly, and is complimented with the reverse differentially filled hood, the 3D sewn full down collar and an oversized zip draft tube. The standard WM 5 ¼” (13 cm) baffles allows the down to be moved to the underside of the bag during the summer months and back to the top for the colder spring/autumn nights. The full-length, 2-way YKK zip allows venting.
The durable MicroLite XPTM microfiber (MF) shell has undergone a high quality Durable Water Resistant treatment for an enhanced level of water/snow resistance, while retaining very high breathability.
The Apache MF 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 MF, providing an extra 7” of width.
Prices start from:
Apache MF: £365
Badger MF: £425
More information and a list of UK stockists: www.westernmountaineering.com
UK distributor: 01457 838 242 or www.beyondhope.com
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