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Mountain Hardwear Mtn Speed 32 Sleeping Bag: 32 Degree Down

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    8 Reviews


    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
    • Item #MHW2371

    Tech Specs

    Whisperer ripstop (7D x 10D nylon)
    800-fill Q.Shield down
    Max User Height
    [regular] 6 ft, [long] 6 ft 6 in
    Shoulder Circumference
    [regular] 55 in, [long] 59 in
    Hip Circumference
    [regular] 46 in, [long] 50 in
    Foot Circumference
    [regular] 36 in, [long] 38 in
    Bag Length
    [regular] 76 in, [long] 81 in
    32 F
    European Norm Comfort Rating
    40 F
    European Norm Lower Limit Rating
    32 F
    Storage Sack
    Stuff Sack
    Stuff Size
    5 x 8 in
    Claimed Weight
    [regular] 1 lb, [long] 1 lb 1 oz
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, camping
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Light and small.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is a bag is insanely small and light. Think water bottle size. The cost of this is a very tight fit and the comfort zone is probably low forties.
    I'm 5'9 160# with a fairly narrow build and the regular just fits. Any tighter and my arms wouldn't fit.
    Warmth is cold summer tops with light weight base layer.
    That said, I love the bag. It works great for me. Having a bag that is so small and light makes a huge dent in my overall pack weight.
    I don't share the complaints about the zipper. Even with the tight fit I'm able to use the zipper without problem. I don't see much difference between zippers on light weight BA tents or Marmot garments.

    $500 Bag - $2 Zipper

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I am trying to fall in love with this bag. It has an awesome weight, great looks, and has great room once you get in.

    The downside is the first time I tried to get in it, the zipper snagged about a qtr of the way up, once that was resolve, it snagged again halfway up, after that, it snagged 3 inches from the top... With the zipper almost all the way up, I couldn't see where the snag was since the bag blocks out quite a bit of light, nor could I get out. After about 15 minutes of frustration, the zipper finally released and I felt like I won a trophy or something for doing the impossible. When I wanted to get out, NO SNAGS WHAT SO EVER. I got out of the bag, tried the zipper without me inside and it worked perfectly.. Once back in, and trying from the inside, snag after snag. After trying the zipper inside, out, straight and even holding it with 2 fingers to align it, it kept getting caught in the interior zipper liner. I just can't understand why such an AWESOME bag has such a silly defect. Im certain a zipper that weighed just 2 more ounces would be worth the 2 oz carrying load just to get a better nights sleep. I can only imagine getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, then trying to get back in with the wind blowing, the cold air coming in, the cuss words flying and your tent mate laughing at you the entire time from the comfort of a much more cost effective bag. Sadly, i am returning :-(

    Ultralight, true warmth

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This bag is ultra lightweight, and packs down smaller than any other bag with this temperature rating. Used this for the Grand to Grand Ultra race. It did not disappoint. The only downside is that the zipper snags an aweful lot. But, with prctice, you get used to it

    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.

    UPDATE: Wanted to love this bag because it's so light, but -- as others have mentioned -- the zipper is a serious limitation. I think it might be a little overrated warmth wise. I'd say 40F is closer to the mark. Lots of promise, but MH needs to rethink the zipper.

    Amazingly light and packable

    Mtn Speed 32

    • 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.

    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.

    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.

      I would like to know about to waterproof performance.

      The bag uses Down Defender meaning that the bag will be a little more resistant to water and dry faster should it get wet. By no means will you be warm or comfortable if the bag gets soaked, it just means it will do better than a straight up down bag without the Down Defender. The Down Defender is a back up to taking care of your bag and ensuring that it stays dry.

      You can call or email me directly. 801-736-6398, or

      Down Defender = Q-Shield Down, same stuff.