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The future of down bags.

Moving fast and light in the backcountry doesn't mean you can ignore the weather. Despite its unbelievably low weight, the Mountain Hardwear Mtn Speed Down Sleeping Bag is rated at a versatile 32 degrees, which is plenty warm for spring, summer, and fall camping in most areas of the US. The reason for the low temperature rating and low weight is super-high-quality 850 fill-power goose down, which is treated with Mountain Hardwear's innovative Q.Shield water-repellant. Q.Shield is used on the down fibers to maintain the down's insulating properties if the down gets wet, so the days of using synthetic bags in wet areas are over.

  • 32-degree rating is extremely versatile for camping from early spring to late fall
  • Top-shelf 850 fill-power goose down for unmatched insulation and packability
  • Snug-cut mummy shape for efficient insulation, low weight, and tiny pack size
  • Ergonomic footbox designed around the natural position of the foot for increased comfort
  • Ripstop nylon shell for added durability
  • Q.Shield water-repellent infused down fibers maintain insulating properties even after they are exposed to moisture
  • Five-chamber hood design for consistent insulation around your head
  • Down-filled face gasket keeps drafts from getting into the bag through the head opening
  • Insulated, anti-snag draft tube seals cold air from the zipper
  • Half-length zipper for light weight
  • Incredibly low sub-one-pound pack weight

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MH Speed 32 and Ghost Whisperer Puffy

MH Speed 32 and Ghost Whisperer Puffy

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The sleeping bag and down jacket both fit in a 7L Granite Gear CTF/eVent dry bag without much effort. Total combined weight 22.7 oz!

4 5

Amazingly light and packable

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This bag is crazy light and small. MH's claimed weight for the regular is 15.7 oz, and mine comes in at 15.9 oz... close enough for me. This bag and my MH Ghost Whisperer down jacket will both fit in a 7L Granite Gear CTF/eVent dry bag (0.55 oz) for a total combined weight of 22.7 oz (see pic). Crazy.

The sleeping bag itself is a snug fit, but definitely doable, and it's warmer than it looks. I haven't had the zipper problems that others have had (yet... fingers crossed), and the half zip is just long enough to help vent the bag for warmer nights (though I'd prefer another 6-8" for more flexibility). I'll update as I use it more, but so far, so good.

Amazingly light and packable
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Great review! Thanks for sharing.

3 5

bag expender

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

hi, does anyone know of a sleeping bag expender that could work with this bag?

4 5

Mtn Speed 32

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bag packs really small with the included stuff sack. It's slightly taller than a coke can and not very wide. It is a really good 3 season bag and 3+ season bag depending on how much extra clothing you want to wear to sleep with. That being said do not take this out in the winter unless you wear several layers to sleep anyway. It runs small in width. Ueli Steck and the top designers from Mountain Hardware put their minds together and their thoughts on paper with a simple goal of a fast light alpine bag. That is what this is. It's not the warmest bag you will find with 850 fill down but it is probably one of the most compression-able. It's biggest fault is the zipper. It gets caught over and over, and makes you in the long run want to just deal with a bag that is partially open. Everything being said, this bag has been with me solely because with the right clothes it can be warm and just how packable it is. When you live out of boxes, or a book bag this is invaluable.

1 5

Don't buy this bag!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought the Mountain Speed bag for a 5-day backpacking trip we did in the Wind River Range. What a huge disappointment! The zipper is terrible, it broke the first night of the trip. As if that wasn't bad enough, the down in the bag is minimal. If you hold it up to the light, you can see big gaps where there isn't any down. It might be ok for 50 degrees, but not for anything less.

I purchased this expensive sleeping bag because I wanted to have a high-quality, light sleeping bag. Unfortunately, the poor design of the zipper along with the sparse amount of down filling amount of down made sleeping difficult. I have a lot of Mountain Hardware products and have always been very happy with everything, until now. I returned the bag right when I got back from the trip.

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Mountain Speed 32

I just received this bag so this is more one of those "first-impressions" sort of deals. Anyways, this bag is light, but you probably already knew that if you are looking at it. I ordered it for a through-hike of the PCT and it has arrived just in time. I ordered the regular, and while it says that the max user height is 6 ft, I am just under 6'2" and can fit comfortably in this bag. It definitely fits close to the body, but then again that is how it is supposed to fit for warmth/ weight purposes. The zipper is relatively short but long enough to enter/exit the bag easily. I run warm and therefore had no qualms with ordering a bag rated to 32 degrees. My other bag is a Marmot Sawtooth, and while both warm and very comfortable, the Marmot weighs about 2 lbs 1.3 oz more than the Mtn Speed. While I am really excited about whole weight saving prospect, I might be more excited about how small the bag gets compared to my Sawtooth. I typically use a pretty small backpack and so minimizing bulk is a must. Overall I am really excited and I will post a more useful review once I have used it somewhere other than my girlfriend's basement.