User Review: Sierra Designs Buddy Rad (775 Down Long)
Design: Mummy 62x59x40
Fill: 775 Down
Temperature Rating: 0 degree
Weight: 4.3 lbs weighed @ scale
Price Paid: $175
I recently purchased this bag on sale, $175 paid for a 2003 model.
Sierra Designs has been around since 1965, even older than the TNF. So the bag is 775 down I measured the loft between 7 1/2 - 8 inches. The loft is less towards the foot section, 7 1/2" and 8" over the chest.
This is a Thermospectrum bag in that it has a zippered top section two #3 YKK'S allow the user to zip it off in warmer weather. Because of this the bag has a large pocket so to speak the width and length
of the bag. I liked the concept. You can stuff a down bag liner in between the top and and bottom section a -30 degree solution.
The Buddy Rad is a 0 degree bag which I recently used on a
campout in Lake Tahoe. The temp was 10 degrees, I was more than toasty. My only gripe is that there should be more loft in the hood and they use a velcro strip which comes across your chin. Otherwise a great universal bag with more features than I've seen on anyother bag. The materials are first rate and the sewing is top notch. It has a Dryloft shell with a 40d tafetta inner lining. I would like to find a "Cliff Blizzard" in a long size.
Overall a great buy for the money. Sadly you can't buy any bag this quality for less than $450. Oh well.