Low weight rules in the big mountains.
- Highly breathable nylon shell fabric expels perspiration so that it doesn't condense in the down insulation and cause it to clump
- Ultra-premium 850-fill down insulation retains your body’s warmth and provides a higher warmth-to-weight ratio than any synthetic-fill insulation
- Continuous baffles and a down-filled collar prevent energy-sucking drafts from zapping your slumber
- Wider shoulder girth allows for extra layering in colder environments
- Western Mountaineering bags are made in the USA
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One of my favorite pieces of gear I own
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Truly one of the favorite pieces of gear i own. Super warm, super light, super packable, super high quality construction. What else is there really to say about a sleeping bag? Outstanding in all regards!
"Some of the smallest...
"Some of the smallest premium companies, such as Western Mountaineering, source the highest down from geese that aren't live-plucked or force fed; they collect naturally shed down from molting. Some vegans might consider avoiding down down products or purchase them from a company such as Western Mountaineering, that guarantee no harm to animals."
Can anyone confirm this? I didn't find anything about it on http://westernmountaineering.com/
Alpine light Review
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This bag is great quality! Western Mountaineering kills it when they make sleeping bags and this bag is as awesome as it sounds, it does, like all down bags, loose down throughout its adventures. All around great bag though except expensive but you get what you pay for!
I love this bag. It has been warm on nights in a makeshift shelter in the 30s. I would feel comfortable taking it down towards that rating in a tent, but not really in a makeshift shelter. Quality of the bag is nice. Packs down small, zippers don't snag often, fabric and baffles feel good. Low weight, yet doesn't feel constricting. Nice bag! Plus made in the USA!
WRONG WEIGHT #'s
Looking at Western Mountaineering's website, the weights listed on this description are very wrong. I can't rate since I did not buy, but I picked 5 stars as default.
Fantastic 3-season bag
I have been running the Alpinlite for a few years now. I really like the warmth and lack of weight.
The width is a bonus for me, as I am rather broad across the chest(44 coat size)and am a side sleeper.
I haven't had this bag much below 15*F, but in those cases it was still very warm-I have a hunch I could go into the high single digits with just a base layer and wool cap sleeping in the Alpinlite.
I will never part with this sleeping bag.
hi, are you guys getting more small 5'6...
hi, are you guys getting more small 5'6 sizes??? i need one!!!
They should get some at the beginning of next month.
Perfect bag for broad dudes
6'5", 235lbs. Wear a 50L jacket, 34-36 inseam and waist. My arms aren't huge but they won't fit into the "check your blood pressure" thing at Walgreens. Point is, I take up some space.
The Alpinlite was perfect for my size. I move around a bit and never once felt claustrophobic, but I can't imagine having less space. I think I would have been freaking out in Ultralite. The 6'6" version of this bag couldn't have been a better fit. I never got cold at altitude and only got hot once at lower levels, but it was around 50* and I was still wearing a shirt and shorts so that one was on me. All it took was unzipping the bag a bit and it regulated nicely.
I thought I was crazy dropping almost $500 on a bag but this thing is absolutely awesome and it shows in the details: the stuff sack is perfectly sized and the zipper has smart things like a stiff backing so that you don't catch the bag in the zipper. I can't say enough great things about this bag.
I am trying to decide between the Alpinlite...
I am trying to decide between the Alpinlite and Ultralite. I am a side sleeper and toss and turn throughout the night. Avg build guy at 5'9" 160 lbs. Which would you recommend?
Sounds like the Aplinlite would be to big for you.
Do you prefer a little more room for tossing and turning inside the bag or for the bag to move with you as you toss and turn? If you prefer inside the bag, go Alpinlite. If you want the bag to toss and turn with you, Ultralite.
You'll fit fine in both, but the Ultralite is a true mummy bag and the Alpinlite will be a little more roomy but have more internal "dead" space to heat up--so it'll have more down and more fabric and be an ounce or two heavier...
Thanks for the quick responses. I normally am a warm sleeper so the empty space is okay. I prefer to have the room when I do toss and turn. The true mummy would be a little to compact I guess. Thanks looks like I will go with the alpinlite.
Short 1lb 13oz
Regular 1lb 15oz
Long 2lb 1oz
A video review of the Western Mountaineering Alpinlite Sleeping Bag
Warm and wide
This is a premium bag. It's a mummy bag, but it's wider than a traditional mummy... which is great for those of us that like to move around while sleeping. It's very warm however, and has some cool features. It has excellent loft and compresses nicely. I have a full video review at backpackersreview.com
Awesome bag, but pretty wide
I absolutely love this bag and would have kept it if I was bigger. I was initially torn between the Ultralite and Alpinlite, and ended up with getting the Alpinlite first. After some time in that bag I just found there to be too much dead air from the extra girth, but the Ultralite was snug to the point where I was worried about down compression if I had layers on. I returned the Alpinlite for the Versalite since it fit more snugly and rolled with me when I slept.
While the Versalite is slightly warmer than the Alpinlite or Ultralite bags, the chest girth sizing falls between the Alpinlite and Ultralite, which was perfect for me. The full length zipper allow for easy venting and I have no worries of overheatingI generally sleep very warm. The Versalite also comes with one more ounce of down than the Alpinlite, but is slightly narrower and thus warmer overall and spans a wider degree range. The full length zipper also allows the bag to be opened up and used like a quilt in warmer weather. I have taken both bags down to low 20s and the high teens and slept comfortably in a baselayer with the neck baffle completely loosened in the Versalite. The Alpinlite required me to cinch down both to trap in heat to fill the dead space.
The materials are top notch, the down is super loftyWM bags are great.
Finally a warm and light sleeping bag for big guys that doesn't fit like a condom. Field tested it this autumn in the Dolomites in Italy in open air around freezing temperatures. Didn't need long underwear to keep comfie. Great product, fully worth the price.
If im going to buy an waterproof compression...
If im going to buy an waterproof compression sack as well, how many liters should i get it in?
hi there! a 5 liter bag would be tight, but doable, a 10 liter bag would be better, and plenty roomy. Hope that helps!
Yeah, O4F hit that right. In say something like the Sea to Summit eVent Dry Sack, I would definitely go with the Small size (10-3.3L). Rule of thumb with comp sacks and sleeping bags- start with the original stuff size, let the straps do the work and compressing for you. Hope that added to the conversation.
Great Sleeping Bag!
Only used it twice but I love the fit. I'm 5'-2" and the bag fits perfectly with some room to spare for extra layers at the bottom.
My first trial was at the base of Mt Washington and the outside temp had dropped into the low 30s. I was cold with my base layers on but I run cold.
The second trial was in VT and the outside temp was in the 50s and damp. I was a bit too warm in the base layers on but boxers & undershirt was just right.
The only downside I experienced with the bag is the smell it gives off in damp conditions. The down smell can be a bit much even if the bag isn't directly wet.
Overall love the bag!
The weight on this bag is incorrect, that...
The weight on this bag is incorrect, that must be the fill weight.
You are correct.
Size / Total Weight
5'6" / 1lb 13oz
6'0" / 1lb 15oz
6'6" / 2lb 1oz
You want this bag, Spencer. And for that matter, so do you, Eli.
From the Western Mountaineering catalogue, I got:
5'6" = 1 lb 14 oz
6'0" = 2 lb
6'6" = 2 lb 2 oz
I am 6' exactly, should I go with the long...
I am 6' exactly, should I go with the long or would the Reg. be ok?
I'm 6'-0" and own an Alpinlite. You can pull off a regular, but I prefer the 6'-6" model. I tried both sizes out before I bought, and the reg left me feeling short of shoved into the hood and right there with the draft collar. I longer one also gives me the ability to hunker in a little more and to shove some clothes down in the footbox. This is a great bag!!
...And for everyone's consideration that has ever measured their height and used that number to determine which bag length is for them- remember that when you measure your height, your foot and ankle are at a right angle. When you sleep on your back, your feet naturally relax into a position of plantarflexion (downward). This can add at least a few inches or more to the amount of length you need.
Excellent Bag, Great Fit
For starters, I'm a bigger guy, wide shoulders, overweight, the whole package, so usually I find mummy bags pretty claustrophobic, but the AlpinLite fits pretty well, it's not so tight that I can't move, but it's not so cavernous that it looses its function as a mummy bag.
I took this bag with me to the Grand Canyon in Nov '09, and while the night time temps dropped pretty low, down into the 40s or 30s, I was so toasty I had to open the bag up a little until fairly early in the morning. The weather was nice so I just set up on a picnic table and slept under the stars, no issues with condensation or anything.
I'm looking to do some winter camping next, I think due to the continuous baffles, I can probably shove some of the down from the bottom around to the top and maybe get a little extra loft, so we'll see how that goes.