MontBell U.L. Super Stretch Down Hugger EXP
Price Paid: $450
First off, this bag is very unique in its construction. It stretches when you move and hugs your body in whatever position you sleep in.
That being said, the more it is streched the thinner the down is in that area which makes the bag have cold spots at times. I have wide shoulders and a large chest, the elbows are the main are where I have cold spots. I found that if I position myself inside and stretch just the bottom of the bag out it works just fine.
It is very expensive but if you have a little extra cash and are a gear junkie that demands one of the lightest bags this may be for you.
I have used this bag on a few nights on one trip in northern Wisconsin in late January of 2008. The coldest that is got was -10, the same evening there was freezing rain so moisture was a factor. That being said the bag stayed dry and kept me warm enough.
Fill: 725 down
Temperature Rating: minus 9.6 F
Weight: 3 lbs 14 oz
Price Paid: $490
A very good bag -- lots of room, lots of down (2 lb 12 oz) and lots of loft. About 8 or 10 inches, depending on how you measure it. It is rated to minus 9.6 F - I haven't had it quite that cold yet, but have slept in it at about 3 or 4 below -- deliberately challenging its rating by sleeping in light underclothes and no socks. Was fine, slept solidly for almost 9 hours. I am a cold sleeper, so I think their rating is probably pretty close.
For a winter bag, it is not all that heavy, either, my long size weighs the claimed 3 lb 14 oz. Not bad for a subzero bag -- the stretch construction is really nice, you could layer in there a lot if you needed to be way way below zero. The double draft tube works very well, likewise the shoulder collar. As I said, there is a LOT of down, it takes a lot of stuffing to get it into the factory stuff sack -- it seems almost alive. I don't mind, that's where the warmth comes from.
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The updated Mont-Bell U.L.Super Stretch EXP Down Hugger Sleeping Bags now have 800 fill power for an even lighter, warmer and more compact sleeping bag.Super Stretch Sleeping Bags have earned high praises for their versatile stretch system which allows you to move around in your mummy bag without creating cold pockets.Bigger people also like the fact that these bags will stretch to a girth of 75.6 inches long version at the shoulders.The stretch baffles hug your body in any position, never feeling cramped or tight, allowing you to sprawl out in your tent.The new updated bags also have smaller multi-box baffle partitions which allow an even, accurate distribution of 800 fill down.A foot box a
MontBell U.L. Super Stretch Down Hugger Exp's world patented Super Stretch System provides a night’s sleep unlike any other. Durable elastic stitching in the baffles of the sleeping bag provide unmatched freedom of movement while simultaneously drawing the insulation closer to your body minimizing dead space to be heated throughout the night.MontBell U.L. Super Stretch Down Hugger Exp Features: Super Stretch™ System Multi-Box Construction: engineered to maximize the warmth of the insulating material. Partitions have been created inside each baffle to more effectively distribute the down and limit migration. Tunnel Hood: a small face hole to improve warmth around your head and face Neck Adjuster: a drawstring adjusts fit around neck Neck Baffle: a shoulder collar prevents air circulation through top of the bag Draft Tube: a double draft tube prevents air from circulating through the zipper Foot Adjuster: a drawstring has been added to the last baffle, allowing the user increased adjustability Auto Locking Zipper: a locking mechanism has been integrated to limit zipper “slip” during the night. Cotton sack included Shape Size Rating Loft Fill Inside Girth (shoulder/ hip/foot) Fill Weight Total Weight Mummy 5' 10" -20 o F n/a 800+ Goose down 53.2"-70.9"/42.8"-57.1" 38 oz. 3 lb. 7 oz. (w/full collar) 6' 4" -20 o F n/a 800+ Goose down 56.7"-75.6"/47.3"-63" 42 oz. 3 lb. 12 oz.
MontBell&rsquos world patented Super Stretch&trade System provides a night&rsquos sleep unlike any other. Durable elastic stitching in the baffles of the sleeping bag provide unmatched freedom of movement while simultaneously drawing the insulation closer to your body minimizing dead space to be heated throughout the night. Super Stretch&trade System Multi-Box Construction: engineered to maximize the warmth of the insulating material. Partitions have been created inside each baffle to more effectively distribute the down and limit migration. Tunnel Hood: a small face hole to improve warmth around your head and face Neck Adjuster: a drawstring adjusts fit around neck Neck Baffle: a shoulder collar prevents air circulation through top of the bag Draft Tube: a double draft tube prevents air from circulating through the zipper Foot Adjuster: a drawstring has been added to the last baffle allowing the user increased adjustability. Auto Locking Zipper: a locking mechanism has been integrated to limit zipper &ldquoslip&rdquo during the night. Cotton sack included Temperature Rating: -20 F / -29 C High quality 800 fill power down 15-denier Ballistic Airlight fiber nylon POLKATEX® DWR treatment Max User Height: 5ft. 10in. Inside Shoulder Girth: 53.2&rdquo &ndash 70.9&rdquo Inside Knee Girth: 42.8&rdquo &ndash 57.1&rdquo Stuffed Size: 7.9&rdquo x 15.6&rdquo Size: R/ZIP/ L/ZIP Color: PRSIPersimmon Weight: 3 lbs. 7 oz. Fill Weight: 2 lbs. 6 oz.
- Vargo Outdoors
Great for cold, active sleepers in frigid temperatures, the MontBell U.L. Super Stretch Down #EXP keeps you warm without weighing you down. This down sleeping bag's unique Multi-Box construction houses the 800-fill down in smaller compartments than other sleeping bags to maintain loft. Stretch seams allow freedom of movement while reducing interior volume-less space to heat and more loft mean less insulation is needed to keep you warm. MontBell also included a draft tube to prevent air from circulating through the zipper and a draft collar to keeps cold air from seeping in at top of the bag. Shorter users can close off the last baffle, reducing the amount of empty space to stay extra toasty.