Brooks-Range Elephant Foot Sleeping Bag

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Specs

Rating +25° F / 3°C
Weight 18 oz / 510 g
Fill Weight 9 oz / 255g
Measurements Length 61 in / top width 30 in / bottom width 18 in
Packed size 5 x 8 ¼ in / 13 x 21 cm

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This is a different concept for most of us. The first…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: Elephant Foot
Fill: 800 Fill Down
Temperature Rating: ~15F
Weight: 16 oz
Price Paid: $0

This is a different concept for most of us. The first time I saw anything like this was when a friend took a kid's sleeping bag to the base of an alpine climb, combined it with his down jacket, and went to "sleep" leaning against the wall. I was impressed.

The elephant foot bag is just a more elegant version of this system. There are no zippers, or any other feature you expect in a sleeping bag. It is a big, down-filled, sock that goes up to about your chest. You pull your down jacket over it, cinch it tight, and that's it. And it works.

I tested this for the first time on a May night on Long's Peak. We bivied in the Boulder Field (about 13,000') before skiing the North Face the next day. The temperatures got down to about 20F, but there was essentially no wind. I used this system, in conjunction with its partner jacket - the Alpini Anorak - with a light bivy sack. I am nearly always cold, so I was a bit nervous. It worked out amazingly well. I shivered a little, but nothing that was horrible, and certainly not scary.

I wouldn't use this system for a week-long trip in Alaska, but that's not its intended purpose. This is the perfect tool to keep you warm enough for a short night before a climb or ski that is too far to do in a day.

Recently, I have been using it in conjunction with another lightweight, synthetic bag. It basically a layering system for sleeping. I am experimenting with this because of huge elevation differences - and one bag just isn't right. It's pretty cool. For the weight of a big, cold-temp bag I am comfortable in a variety of conditions.

The bag is well constructed. The nylon is tough and water-resistent. The down is high-quality from Canada. The bag can get a little "lumpy" so it takes a little extra care after pulling it out of its sack. It is ridiculously light.

Overall, I give it four stars because it is such a cool concept and so helpful. It certainly is not an "everyday" bag. The down is not packed in, so it can move around. But it's very light because of this. It will help you get further, faster.

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Manufacturer's Description

Sometimes you're just looking for a lightweight, compactable sleeping system that you might or might need to use. The Brooks Range Elephant Foot bag is just that. Weighing just 18oz the Elephant Foot bag is filled with 8.5oz of 850+ goose down. The 20d shell fabric is treated with a silicone on the outside for added protection and strength.

We're using DownTek treated down. DownTek treatment keeps down from absorbing moisture as well as body oils, both the moisture and oils can reduce the loft and warmth of the bag. We line the footbox with a 40d nylon for increase durability incase you want to wear your boot liners in the bag or your throwing in a couple of water bottles for the night.

Partnering the Elephant with our Mojave Jacket will create a lightweight package.

  • 850+ Fill Goose Down 
  • DownTek treated down 
  • Sewn through baffle construction 
  • Internal collar with drawstring 
  • Reinforced internal footbox 
  • Elastic suspenders 
  • Stuff sack included

Visit Brooks-Range's Elephant Foot Sleeping Bag page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Sometimes your just looking for a lightweight, compactable sleeping system that you might or might not need to use. The Brooks-Range Elephant Foot bag is just that. Weighing just 18oz the Elephant Foot bag is filled with 8.5oz of 850+ goose down. The 20d shell fabric is treated with a silicone on the outside for added protection and strength. Were using DownTek treated down, DownTek treatment keeps down from absorbing moisture as well as body oils, both the moisture and oils can reduce the loft and warmth of the bag. We line the footbox with a 40d nylon for increase durability incase you want to wear your boot liners in the bag or your throwing in a couple of water bottles for the night.

- CampSaver.com

CLOSEOUTS . The Brooks Range Elephant Foot sleeping bag keeps your lower half toasty warm in 850 fill power goose down, offering a featherweight backcountry option for lightweight purists when paired with a down parka. Available Colors: BUTTERSCOTCH.

- Sierra Trading Post

Waist-high, insulated with 800-fill goose down, the Elephant Foot sleeping bag by Brooks Range is for minimalist mountaineers who use as little as possible. Pair it with any thick, insulated shell and you have the equivalent of a full sleeping bag, cinch up the drawcord, position the suspenders, and let the down do the rest.

- Mountain Gear