User Review: 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.