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dienachtwandler wrote a review of on September 6, 2011

5 5

MMM , yes montbell, I love your bags, all warm and well, not fuzzy but slick and sleepingbaggy insde. Being able to preform most yoga moves inside the bag is a plus, sometimes when you wake up and don't want to get out in the cold it's quite nice to do a bunch of stretching before going out into the cold...

I have had this bag and the ultralight of the same model, it perform well, down to quite cold(10 degrees f) and acts as a bearable blanket in high sierra summer(50-63 degrees f). Oh, how I love montbell, keep me warm tonight.

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dienachtwandler wrote a review of on September 6, 2011

3 5

A 15 degree bag lacking a draft collar, depressing indeed, every time I move air rushes into the bag bringing the the cold breeze of regret. Despite the short zipper' neat anti-snag lining it fails to keep the warm in and when shifting I would wake up suddenly cold where my arm had lifted the tiny draft sleeve.
While I was disappointed overall there were some decent features, It is light, and very compressible, and the snag free zipper liner is nice(never once caught the fabric), but overall the bag was a strike against sierra designs. I'm going back to montbell, they've never let me down, and fire-engine-red-orange is so much brighter than blah-yellow-orange..

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dienachtwandler wrote a review of on December 23, 2010

3 5

The Black Diamond Drop Zone is easily one of the stiffest pads I've ever used. Good for high catching high falls alone or under a softer pad in a stack. It offers decent performance in couch mode, seldom sliding due to the non-slip coating, however that same coating doesn't perform as well as one would hope outside, if there was a bit more material to allow a little more "sheath slippage" then this pad would (probably) never slide out on angled or slick landings..
The afore mentioned stiffness also makes bed mode a bit uncomfortable, however it is wide enough to accommodate two in a small tent so its not all bad,
Overall; good if used in conjunction with a softer pad, and decent non-climbing uses, the closure system could use a bit more material, so as to better hold small items(brushes,tape, cliff bars) but its a sure improvement from the old system.. oh ya, did i mention that its quite light..

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