Meticulous craftsmanship and thoughtful design make all the difference.
- Highly breathable, water-resistant Pertex shell protects the down insulation from frost, condensation, and spindrift
- Ultra-premium 850-fill down insulation retains your body’s warmth and provides a higher warmth-to-weight ratio than any synthetic-fill insulation
- Interlocking draft tubes and a down-filled collar prevent energy-sucking drafts from zapping your slumber
- Wider shoulder girth allows for extra layering in brutally cold environments
- Western Mountaineering bags are made in the USA
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Hello -- I am a 5ft 5in woman. Should I get the 5ft 6in bag or go up to the 6ft? I know it's important to have space in your bag especially in colder temperatures. I will be using the bag in mostly colder temps, around 20 and below. Any advice? Thanks!
You'll be fine with the 5'6" bag. They are sized to allow a bit of extra room, so you should have all the space you need at 5'5".
Hi. I am writing from Japan. I understand you have some ristriction to ship Western Mountaineering products to Japan in your policy. Actually I plan to visit San Francisco, CA during March 23 and 27. Is it possible to ship your marchandise to the Hotel (I wll stay at Hotel NIKKO San Franisco), if I settle my payment? I also want to know the size which fits me best. I am 5ft and 8 in. tall. I appreciate it if you respond my question ASAP. Thank you all.
For your height, you'll want the Regular size.
If BC is unable to ship the bag to your hotel, I live about 60 miles north of SF. I'm not certain if your itinerary allows for the time to pick it up it or not, but I would be happy to allow you to have your sleeping bag delivered to my brother's house in Sausalito, just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge from SF. If this becomes necessary, please don't hesitate to contact me with your email address via a reply to my answer on this page.
- Gender: Female
The most luxurious sleep of any night spent ever in my life, indoors or out.
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
It is the lightest thing I've ever slept in and it is wonderful. But I was cold around 30F (with lightweight clothes) so when its freezing, I'll sleep with my warm clothes on. It is very well made and I love it! Recommended.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Most excellent bag, just spent the last 5 chilly days using this bag, great loft, light weight and I stayed warm whereas my hiking buddy was chilly in his.
I chose this bag after returning another down bag that was quite disappointing. Why Western Mountaineering? Well, my husband has a 5 degree Antelope, to which I have "stolen" on a couple of cold nights and the reputation for great products that WM holds. Plus, after dealing with a foreign gear company (to MUCH frustration), I decided to bring it back home, going for "Made in the USA." Now, I am a TERRIBLY cold sleeper. I tend to bring clothes for the Arctic when it's just 30 degrees outside. I always cold camp in my tent as well. With these two components in mind, I decided to go with the Versilite for cost as well as weight. The first trip was a 6 day in the Yellowstone backcountry. While it was unseasonably warm, it did get to the low 30's to 40's at night. I was warm, starting the nights with the bag unzipped and bringing the zipper up as the temp dropped. My neck was warm with the nice collar. The loft was wonderful (and I made sure not to over-cinch my compression bag). Although WM tends to be more money, it's well worth it!
I've been through a lot of bags over the years, so far this is the best bag for the bucks, tons of loft and WOW does it compress small for what temp the bag is rated for, I bought this bag to replace a Softie Merlin 3, it was a good bag but it was time for something to play out in the cold. I can hardly believe that the Versalite packs just as small, if not smaller. I'm looking forward to using it this winter.
just took the versalite on the J.M.T. LOVE, LOVE, LOVED it. Lightweight and compact and so warm and cozy at the end of the day. The fabric is super soft, and I find myself still wanting to use it now that I am home.
I am glad to be able to purchase such a great product that is made in America.
Thank you backcountry for getting it to me so quickly!
AND I would also recommend the Western Mountianeering Flash jacket. It is very warm for the weight and is cut a little longer than competitors which made it superior.
This is a fantastic sleeping bag. It's incredibly light, quite warm, and very well made. It's slightly roomier than the WM Ultralite (though still slim-fit), and noticeably warmer.
I sleep cold, and found this bag very comfy well down into the 30's. For the night when it got down into the high teens, I needed 2 layers, but was comfortable.
Keep in mind that it is an ultralight bag, and as such, the fabric is thinner and lighter, and should be handled with care.
Detailed shot of the hood, neck, and zip area. Notice the thick continuous draft tube and collar, and overstuffed hood on the Versalite. With the high loft of the Versalite I can take it down to the high teens without needed to draw in the draft collar or hood. Whereas the Caribou has no draft tube or collarbeing a 35+ deg. bagand a modestly stuffed hood. That said, the Caribou's hood can be cinched down drastically to prevent heat loss, but allows for excess heat to escape more easily on warmer nights.
Side-by-side comparison of my winter and summer WM bags. From this angle you cannot really tell the large difference in loft, but it is considerable. The Versalite achievesto my measurementsa minimum of 6.5" of loft on the center of the lowest baffle tube, not the seam. Naturally, insulation at the foot box and from the torso up is more considerable. Additionally, the continuous baffle design allows the user to unzip the bag and shift down accordingly from top-to-bottom, or vice versa, relative to the temperature. Another photo I posted shows the difference in hood and neck design.
*The Caribou, not currently stocked at backcountry.com, measured a minimum loft height of around 4" of the lowest box baffle.
I know the question can be asked a lot, but Right Zip means, laying down, its on MY right? This is important cause I'll be using it in a Black Diamond Bivy, which has the tiny right zipper.
As Deon said, you are right.
Being right-handed I find left-zip bags, as do many others, easier to manipulate. Although a little practice will develop the muscle memory needed to negate any real inconvenience of which side the zipper is on.
I'm neither a hot or cold sleeper. This weekend I was at exactly 10 degrees and suffered slightly. I was wearing my down shirt, longjohns, and down slippers. The next night was in the 20's and all was right in my world without extra down garments.
I'm 5'11+, average build and found length and width good. I can scoot down and roll around a bit without much issue. It's not a loose fit but comfortable for me.
I bought the Versalite because we camp year round. I put it through the paces for a week on the AT. I really loved the light weight. The weather was unseasonably warm which made a few nights sticky. U would say the 10 degree rating is very conservative.
i am 6' tall,could i fit into the 6' Versalite?
it would be a very tight fit though
Western's 6' bags are designed to fit a 6' tall person (no measured at 6' tall so really fits 5'10"). It should fit you perfectly.
Kate is right, 6"-0" is max user height. I'm the same height as you and I find the 6'-6" a much more comfortable length- let's me hunker in or stash my clothing down in the foot box without having my feet jammed up.
Im 6'1 & have 2 WM 6' bags and i fit fine, not a tight fit at all.(i was worried about this as well before i bought)
I have 2 long bags (6'6") from other manufacturers as well and i swim in them-wasted space and just more weight to carry
I'm going to pull the trigger on a 6' WM Versalite bag and want a Sea to Summit dry sack. Can anyone recommend the size of sack needed?
An 8 liter sack should do the trick, but check the dimensions of the specific sack to make sure they are at least 8" x 15" (the sleeping bag's stuff size)
The volume of the supplied stuff sack is 753.6 cubic inches, or 12.35 liters. And since WMalong with the common consensus among other down bag manufacturersrecommends against over compressing the bag, which can damage the down, I wouldn't get an 8 liter stuff/compression sack. That is around the size supplied for my summer bag, a WM 6' Caribou, which has half the down filling. You would find it rather difficult to compression the Versalite to that volume without unnecessarily cinching down on compression straps.
If I may suggest an alternative, which is what I do with both my Versalite and Caribou, is to get a larger dry pack liner. Once you have lined your pack you can stuff the bag in the bottom to fill the lower-end volume, and then begin to pack the rest of your non-liquid items in accordingly. Then, once you have packed and sealed the dry bag, place your extra water, fuel, trash, or other liquids outside the pack liner. This will provide a barrier for all the other pack contents, supplementarily fill dead space in your pack, and shave a small bit of weight by avoiding the stuff sack.
I personally like the OR Ultralight Dry Pack Liner.
Will the 6 ft version be available anytime soon?
A chat with a BC rep will be the fastest way to get an answer. You can initiate a session using the link at the top of the page. Best of luck!
Ill preface this review with my cut and paste statement that I work as a backcountry backpacking guide in Yosemite National Park. Nearly all of the products I take the time to review have seen at least a half a season, if not more, of use... and Im committed to not bothering to write a review until I feel like Ive really gotten to know a product. I never thought Id bother to write reviews, but Ive recently decided that since Ive spent so much time over these last many years reading reviews, and finding a tremendous amount of value in articulate and well-informed opinions, that I wanted to give back to the community. So, with that being said, here we go...
If you're reading this you likely know of Western Mountaineering, and probably don't need any positive feedback to make your decision. However, in the off chance that you're really looking for some info to make an informed decision... put your mind at rest - this bag, and most any Western Mountaineering product, is worth its price. I'm not a huge fan of their jackets, but that's a fit issue, and entirely subjective.
The Versalite is a perfectly designed bag for backpacking in a dry, cool environment... like the Sierras, which is where I spend most of my time. It packs down smaller than a two liter bottle (and I use a long), and incredibly light. Unpack it and it lofts up in no time. While I'm a warm sleeper... I've had the Versalite down to the mid to low 20s and been perfectly comfortable, and I sleep on a Thermarest NeoAir, which provides very little in the way of insulation. Sleep in more layers and you'd likely be fine into the teens.
I've never courted really wet weather for extended periods with this bag, but it shrugs off condensation, and a day of rain or two is not a problem... as long as you are mindful to keep it dry. If it does get a little wet 30 minutes of sunlight will dry it to its original, beautiful, lofty self. When backpacking I do keep mine in a Sea to Summit Dry Sack... just in case. Once or twice that has really paid off. I've had trips where, after a full day of hiking in the rain, fellow hikers had wet sleeping bags, even with pack covers on... but I had a nice dry Versalite waiting for me.
I couldn't more highly recommend the Versalite, or most any Western Mountaineering bag. They are most certainly worth the price. Also, keep in mind, Western Mountaineering's warranty policy is absolutely top notch. I have a friend who had a GoreTex Dry Loft Western bag that began to delaminate after nearly a decade. They replaced it without question.
Does anyone know how to get the extra 2oz fill from Western Mountaineering? How do you contact them? I searched on their website, but I can't find anything about sending them my bag...
Here you go-
1025 S. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Usually, they'd like it if you go through a store, but being backcountry.com, it's a little difficult so you can probably just go through them to get an overfill. Give them a call and ask!
Hope this helps!
used the above info to call them (number is not generally published i was told) and visit store back in Nov '12; took 3 bags in to get the overfill-got a detailed personalised tour of their operations; helpful and friendly service, told me that generally people just send in the items with instructions on what they want, rarely get visitors for service more than a couple time a year. process was complete in about an hour; overfill pricing is bag dependent and ranged from $30 to $80 (bag design/stitching was more intensive labor-wise to access)