Mountain Hardwear Switch 35°
Initially, my wife bought the Switch 35, because she…
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Temperature Rating: 35 degrees
Weight: 2+ pounds
Price Paid: $110
Initially, my wife bought the Switch 35, because she wanted room to move her legs around inside the bag - she's a restless sleeper. She got the Men's Regular because the store didn't have a Women's model in stock. I tried hers out and went back and got a Men's Long. We use them for car camping because they are too weighty for hiking; and also we both have 32 degree down bags for that purpose.
Let's start with the positives: Both of us feel like the Switch 35 gives you an ideal sleeping temperature inside across a wide range of temperatures outside. The lowest we have used them is right around 30 degrees. We were both in underwear, and were not chilly. Her feet were cold, probably due to the footbox being roomy; but I was OK, maybe because I had some light socks on. The highest we have used them is in the high 60 degree range, and they were not too warm, with the almost-full-length-zippers opened halfway.
The only negative is the danged zipper. I personally find it uncooperative if there is the slightest perpendicular pressure, like when you try to unzip at your shoulders or hips, or from within. So, if you wake up in the middle of the night for a nature call, you might find yourself fighting with the zipper and waking yourself up in the process. I wish it were not that way, because otherwise, the Switch 35 is a really sweet bag for both of us. Maybe the answer is for you to get in it at the store, try the zipper, then decide whether or not to buy it.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Mountain Hardwear Switch 35F Synthetic Sleeping Bag - Regular Size
- SunnySports refers to the men's version
The Mountain Hardwear Switch 35 Degree sleeping bag is a unique bag that includes a built-in expander. The 35 Degree temperature rating and mummy-cut ensure that you stay warm on mild or warm-weather backpacking and camping trips. An integrated zipper allows the girth of the bag to increase by 8 inches for balmier nights or instances when you'd prefer to stretch out.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
Mountain Hardwear made the Switch 35 Sleeping Bag to brave summer camping trips in the muggy Midwest, soggy shoulder-season forays to the Pacific Coast, or arid treks in the desert Southwest. This bag adds warmth to your kit when temperature drops at night, and the unique Quantum expander allows you to add girth and dump excess warmth on muggy nights or decrease girth to retain extra heat when the forecast surprises you with an early season frost.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Mountain Hardwear Switch 35 - Closeout - Warm Thermic MX compresses easily and our face gasket seals in warmth. Mountain Hardwears exclusive Quantum expander allows you to increase bag girth by 8. The Switch 35 is an outstanding choice in moderate temperatures where moisture and compressibility are issues. Comfort mummy cut efficiently maximizes warmth without constriction, Insulation has outstanding loft with excellent compressibility, Face gasket and tailored hood comfortably block drafts at the hood opening and seal in warmth, Comfort Footbox follows natural foot position for maximum warmth and comfort, Nylon stuff sack included, Quantum expander zips open to add 8"of girth to the bag. Keep it zipped closed and the comfortable mummy cut gives you maximum warmth. Zip it open for extra room or to make the bag sleep cooler on a warm night. The Quantum expander is a fully insulated panel, so no worries about cold spots, whether its open or closed.
- Massey's Outfitters refers to the men's version