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Feathered Friends Swift

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This bag is Very Good, not Excellent. The hood design…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: ~$500

Summary

This bag is Very Good, not Excellent. The hood design and lack of an insulated yoke made me sell it. It's a good bag, but I prefer Western Mountaineering.

Pros

  • Light
  • Good quality down

Cons

  • No yoke at the neck
  • The hood wasn't shaped very well.

I bought this bag because my Western Mountaineering Ultralite felt a bit too cramped. I have wide shoulders and I found my shoulders to be compressing the down of the WM UL and making me cold there in the night.

The FF Swift is a bit bigger. The first few times I used it I was very pleased with it. It was big enough that my shoulders didn't get cold. It is rated to -7°C [20°F] and at near freezing conditions I was nice and toasty.

Once it got down to -5°C, then I got chilly. This is mostly because the Swift doesn't have a neck yoke, just a drawstring around the hood, and I'd get a draft into the bag. I found myself trying to hold the neck area closed with my fist, but as I'd drift to sleep my grip would relax and I'd wake with a chilly draft again.

I should have bought the Western Mountaineering Alpinlite. It has the same dimensions as the FF Swift in size and weight, but it is a bit more $ [less than $100 more]. The WM Alpinlite has a nice insulated yoke with its own drawstring, so it keeps me warmer in below freezing conditions [which are common all year long in the Canadian Rockies]. 

So I sold my FF Swift at a loss after three seasons of use. I learned an important lesson: If you want a top quality down sleeping bag... don't settle for less than WESTERN MOUNTAINEERING! They're the BEST!

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Feathered Friends Swift

MSRP:
$409.00

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Specs

fall 2010 regular long
Weight 2 lb 2 oz / 960 g 2 lb 4 oz / 1000 g
Fill weight 1 lb 2.2 oz / 516 g 1 lb 3.6 oz / 556 g
Loft 5 in / 10 cm
Temperature rating 20 F / -6.7 C
Fill 850-fill down
Shape Mummy
Max user height 6 ft 0 in / 180 cm 6 ft 6 in / 200 cm
Shoulder girth 64 in / 160 cm 64 in / 160 cm
Hip girth 58 in / 150 cm 58 in / 150 cm
Foot girth 40 in / 100 cm 40 in / 100 cm