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rhywrote a review of on April 24, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I read a review on Outdoor Gear Lab which calls this a 40 degree bag, mislabeled as a 30 degree bag. I own a Western Mountaineering 30 degree bag, so I figured I had some basis for comparison. The WM bag is about 15 years old and contains similar quality down, but is not the water-resistant kind. I do a certain amount of backpacking in areas that get substantial condensation.
Anyway, I would probably call the Phase 30 more like a mid 30's bag, at least for me. This is a very light sleeping bag, and I used it with a silk liner, midweight base layer and a marmot driclime windshirt; pretty typical in my case. At temps in the high 30's I was not cold, but feeling a bit of a chill in the legs and feet. The next two nights were warmer and I did not even zip it up completely. Springtime weather, you know, can't make up its mind.
I got mine at the recent sale price. It's an ultralight bag; expect the zipper to be dainty and the fabric fragile. I'm used to it. If you need a bombproof bag you are going to have to carry the extra weight. Enjoy the journey.

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rhywrote a review of on April 4, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: small

Not miraculously warm, but a nice piece for traveling light & fast. Goes great with a 40F sleeping bag. In size small weighed about 7 oz. There are any number of sub-1 lb jackets which will keep you warm into the low 30's, but this probably isn't one of them. The difference is of course the light weight and small packed size. I wore it with a marmot driclime windshirt and a midweight wool base layer on cool (high 30's) mornings and evenings and while I wasn't toasty I wasn't hypothermic & shivering either. I have 12 oz jackets which would have been warmer, but then I would have been carrying 5 extra ounces...

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rhywrote a review of on January 11, 2013

5 5

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

Wore them on a day in the teens and 20's F. My feet tend to get cold in those temps, but these boots kept my toes warm. Light, a little less than 3 pounds in size 10 US, which is the same size I wear in other Salomon hiking boots.

Worked well with MSR snowshoes, and black diamond contact strap crampons (the older chromoly models, with flex bar). These boots are flexible enough that you don't really want to frontpoint with them, but french technique is fine.

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rhywrote a review of on April 5, 2004

4 5

Pluses: I find that water treated with MP1 tastes as decent as that treated with Aqua Mira, without the hassle of mixing chemicals and waiting the initial 5 minutes for them to react. I have also had Aqua Mira bottles leak on hot days when the pack was in the car going from low to high altitude (sea level to 10000 feet), though that may have been because they were in the sun all day. The amount is also easier to dispense with the tablets.

Minuses: Sharp foil packages, need to bend down the corners. Needs scissors to open.

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