Mountain Hardwear Ghost SL -40
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $490
One of the warmest bags in the world — from a world class manufacturer — and made with high quality fabrics and well crafted. This extreme weather /survival sleeping-bag rated is rated to Minus Forty Degree's (-40F/-40C) and even if not used in those temperatures, it can make for a comfortable nights sleep especially for those that sleep cold or need to warm up quickly as soon as they get in their sleeping bags. This is a perfect product for high altitude mountaineering, polar and artic expeditions and here is my review, hope it helps!
- One of the warmest sleeping bags on market
- High quality construction, attention to detail
- Compresses well due to high loft 800 fill down
- For high altitude mountaineering, polar and artic extremes
- Expedition ready for high alttitude or extreme weather
- Waterproof outfabric
- Tough and durable
- Great for cold sleepers even in warmer tempertures.
- Relatively heavy and takes up alot of space
- Overkill, unless it's really cold out (at least -5°F or lower)
- You will sweat in this bag if it's not that cold out (35-45°F)
This is a very roomy sleeping bag and has numerous pockets inside for cell phone, watch, earplugs or other small personal items (ipod, snack,etc..). There are very generous amounts of high quality 800 fill down throughout this bag and evenly spaced in all areas including around the head and feet and everywhere in between.
The zipper, although it might snag sometimes, is very durable and has a protective flap on the outside which can help shed snow or rain/water and on the inside part of the entire length of the zipper there is a long tube of down constructed as to make up the empty space where the zipper closes both side of the bag together.
There are a few pull cords near the head and numerous velcro closures and button and neck collar. Obviously this bag was made with the harshest weather in mind and I cannot think of anything negative to say about the quality or construction or of any feature that could be missing.
This is a relatively heavy bag (when I compare it mentally to let's say my Marmot Plasma 15F which is 900 fill albiet 55 degrees warmer. Therefore, when tempertures/weather merit a super-warm expedition/extreme bag which can save your life; the Mountain Hardwear Ghost is well worth its weight and price.
It comes with both a compression sack which helps to get it down to a little bigger than a basketball and another bag to keep it loosely uncompressed. However, I hang mine on a hanger from higher up so the down can stay lofty.
Price Paid: $529
This is a first look that focuses on the fit and finish; i plan to post a follow-up review after taking this to deep cold weather, which i have not yet had the opportunity to do.
This is a winter expedition down sleeping bag, rated to -40 fahrenheit. It is insulated with 800 fill down and has a waterproof/breathable outer shell made from conduit, Mountain Hardwear's proprietary membrane.
i purchased a long size so i could stow some gear around my feet. this bag replaced a synthetic fill expedition bag, also rated to -40f, which served me very well for a long time. it weighs about five pounds.
the design and manufacturing quality of this bag is uniformly outstanding. the zipper is backed by two full draft tubes and is covered on the outside with two stiffened parts of the outer shell that run the entire length of the zipper, and the fabric underneath the zipper is a thicker, more robust nylon to prevent snags.
the draft collar around the neck is shaped to leave a little space in the middle and completely surrounds to prevent drafts. the two ends of the collar attach with velcro near the zipper, and the scratchy velcro strip mates to an extra strip on the same size - so even if you don't use the velcro, the rough edge won't bother you.
the hood cloaks your head - it is well-shaped and has a lot of down. two elastic drawcords pull the collar and hood tight, leaving as much or as little of your face showing as you might want. it has a small interior zippered pocket that holds a headlamp and a few other small items.
the toe box is full and doesn't bother my size 11 feet. It's a roomy bag at the shoulders, which i like a lot. an interesting design feature is that the baffles are welded to the outer waterproof/breathable membrane rather than stitched - so no needle holes on the outside. no down leaking anywhere.
it comes with a compression stuff sack that isn't exactly small - but that is to be expected for an expedition bag.
My only night out has been a backyard test run in 20 degree weather, one of the coldest nights we have had in the mid-atlantic this winter. not surprisingly, i was roasting and slept with the bag partially unzipped.
My initial impression is that Mountain Hardwear did this right, through and through. more to come after a few truly frigid nights.
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Nearly impervious to weather, the Ghost SL is designed for Arctic, Himalayan, and Antarctic expeditions. It is Mountain Hardwear's most hardcore, cold temperature bag.
* Welded-baffle construction and moisture shedding Conduit SL shell aid insulation and wind resistance.
* Roomy cut provides room for dressing and undressing, or for extra comfort when you’re waiting out a storm at base camp.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Mountain Hardwear's Ghost is an expedition bag to set the standard for winter mountaineering. Built with Mountain Hardwear's waterproof, incredibly breathable, Dry Q fabric, Mountain Hardwear's expedition bags are the perfect choice for alpine expeditions. Constructed with a hidden sealed baffle construction we have eliminated the need for top shell seams. Insulated with 800 fill down, sealed for warmth with an ergonomic collar, and sporting a comfortable foot box.
Don't let wet environment ruin your outdoor adventure Take the Regular Size Ghost Sleeping Bag from Mountain Hardwear to any trip and get a good night's sleep no matter what Q Shield Down insulation prevents moisture from forcing its way into the bag and maintains high loft in wet surroundings Dry Q Elite shell provides a waterproof and windproof protection that remains breathable without the added bulk while laminated double external zipper flaps keeps water from entering so you stay dry and comfy from within Also features a six-chamber hood design that gives a well-balanced loft on the head area and a down-filled gasket that easily tightens to trap the warmth inside the bag for a cozy feeling throughout the night Camp outside even on rainy days when you own the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Sleeping Bag
Mountain Hardwear Ghost -40 Degree Waterproof Camping Sleeping Bag - Designed for the most extreme conditions, The Ghost -40 Degree Sleeping Bag by Mountain Hardwear sets the standard for winter mountaineering. The Dry.Q Elite shell is waterproof, breathable, windproof, durable and lightweight allowing it to function as both bag and bivy. Q.Shield 800-fill down insulation has an advanced treatment applied to it that resists heat robbing moisture and retains maximum loft in damp conditions. Hidden baffle construction with 5 inch baffle spacing preserves waterproofness and durability while laminated, double external zipper flaps keep water out. An ergonomic draft collar blocks the escape of heated air from inside the bag. The two-piece collar drapes naturally over neck and shoulders creating a soft comfortable seal. Two draw cords can snug down as needed to secure the collar. A down-filled face gasket and the six-chamber hood design maintains even loft around head for consistent warmth. The Comfort footbox follows your natural foot position for maximum warmth and comfort. The Mountain Hardwear Ghost -40 Degree Sleeping Bag will keep you warm, dry and comfortable during your extreme alpine nights.
Mountain Hardwear: Ghost (Long): Our premiere -40 F/C Arctic expedition, 800-fill Q.Shield DOWN bag designed for extreme conditions. Designed for the most extreme conditions, this expedition style bag can function as both bag and bivy. A Dry.Q Elite shell and Q.Shield DOWN insulation prevent exterior moisture penetration and resist down de-lofting from body moisture. Waterproof construction with welded seams and hidden baffle construction enhance loft and keep you dry. Q Shield 800 fill down has an advanced treatment applied that resists heat robbing moisture and retains maximum loft in damp conditions Dry.Q Elite shell is waterproof, breathable, windproof, durable and lightweight Hidden baffle construction preserves waterproofness and durability Laminated, double external zipper flaps keep water out 5" baffle spacing keeps down carefully controlled for even, predictable loft Six-chamber hood design maintains even loft around head for consistent warmth Ergonomic draft collar blocks the escape of heated air from inside the bag. The two-piece collar drapes naturally over neck and shoulders creating a soft comfortable seal. Two draw cords can snug down as needed to secure the collar. Down-filled face gasket comfortably blocks drafts at the hood opening. Only a slight tightening of the draw cord is required to seal in warmth. Two small pockets above collar provide storage for small items Double draft tubes along zipper prevent cold spots Comfort footbox follows natural foot position for maximum warmth and comfort Storage sack and stuff sack included
- Mountain Hardwear