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kyl4387314 wrote a review of on January 10, 2013

No Front Draft Collar, Down Missing.
2 5

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

Just recently got this off SAC
??Was a bit surprised that a 0 degree bag would come with no front draft collar to seal around the neck. This is a major oversight in the design. Even the rear neck draft collar is a bit skimpy. This makes it impossible to seal in the air your body had warmed and you feel it blowing out past your face every time you move. The zipper draft tube just continues all the way up and around the top edge. This may be a good way to eliminate several steps in the manufacturing process, but this is not a neck draft collar, this is the part that should be on your face when you cinch the opening all the way down to a blowhole. Keeping that part down on your neck will leave way too much exposed in zero degree weather & let tremendous amounts of heat escape. It also bunches up when drawn closed and does not seal.
The upper face gasket, around the hood is also very skimpy and does not prevent the cord from pressing into the bridge of my nose while again, not providing a good seal to trap heat.
??Aside from that, several of the baffles over the torso area are missing a substantial amount of down compared to the leg area and top of the chest, the one over the abdomen being nearly empty, it's impossible to distribute it enough that there aren't complete voids in the insulation. There is no way I can trust this bag to keep me warm in zero degree or anything close to it.??The bag came with a cotton storage sack which probably should be a bit bigger & a stuff sack. A compression sack instead of a stuff sack would have been much preferred.
600 fill Down, on the economical side resulting in a bit larger stuff sack size.

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kyl4387314 wrote a review of on August 12, 2011

3 5

I was a little iffy about buying these but had a canoe trip coming up so gave the large & small (they didn't have the medium at the time) a try. The small is pretty small, your not going to put too much in this, but it fit all my eight year old's clothes for a three day trip and slipped in his backpack fine. The material is pretty nice compared to what I was expecting but don't expose it to anything sharp... I wasn't thrilled with the placement of the purge valve to begin with feeling it was going to either poke/abrade something in my pack or get stuck or get twisted open. The large went in the canoe by itself, the small in a backpack. During the two mile trip across Lake George, we were descended upon by a monsoon! We got drenched and took on several gallons of water. Everything in both packs stayed nice and dry but both had lost all compression. I checked the valves and they were still tight, so I guess they are just not airtight enough to keep from re-expanding. I still need a couple more & I'm probably going to get Sea to Summit or Outdoor Research instead.

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kyl4387314 wrote a review of on June 10, 2011

Horrible armpit binding - Made for Gumby
1 5

Take a look at the picture. See all that material bunching around the armpits... Unless your built like twiggy and get a size larger than you normally need, it's going to bind in the pits something awful. I'm 5'9" 165 lbs with an athletic build. I can usually were a medium, sometimes a large. I ordered the medium here and I had to return it, after five minutes, I just couldn't wait to get it off. The sleeves aren't made like normal sleeves, they're tubes, that originate at the neck on the top and several inches below your armpit on the bottom. A really odd fit & totally uncomfortable.

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