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Valandré Bloody Mary

1 review
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With proper ground insulation and mid baselayer, it's…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $400

Summary

With proper ground insulation and mid baselayer, it's very comfy down to 7°F. Terrific design. Fantastic foot box. Very good outer shell. Good for side sleeper. Roomy.

Pros

  • Very warm. Fantastic down quality and filling
  • Terrific design
  • Great foot box.
  • Versatility.
  • Roomy, allows serious layering
  • Good for side sleeper.
  • Very good warm-to-weight ratio.
  • Can be used in very extreme conditions.

Cons

  • A little bigger draft tube can make this bag even better.
  • Lot of velcros.
  • Roomy. May be a drawback for some.

First let's talk about the loft and down density. I measured it very precisely and removed the collar before doing it: 6.5 inches for the upper torso, 6 inches in the middle, and 7 just before the foot box. But that doesn't mean anything if I don't mention down resilience. It is phenomenal. It almost feel like it's overstuffed. 

Second the design. I love the footbox. It's very very warm. I love the fact that it's a little less insulated at the leg section. My legs are always too warm. It is roomy so it's comfy and you can layer a lot. It can be a drawback for some. If you like tight fit it may not a bag for you. My only real complaint is about the draft tube. It can be better designed like the Shocking Blue one and a little bit thicker. I think it would improve the bag performance a lot. 

Talking about performance the bag performs really well. I'm an average sleeper and was absolutely comfy down to a measured 7 or 10°F (I took with me 2 thermometers) used with an exped down dm 7 and mid layer. I was sleeping on the back and outside without a bivy bag or a tent. I'm sure I can sleep at slightly lower temp if I sleep on the side. The bag has a 50/50 so it is very good for side sleeper. Without the draft tube issue I have no doubt this bag could withstand 5°F without layering.  

I tried it around 5F with a fleece and was OK, but felt it was its limit. Beyond that temp add a down vest and down booties. Actually I tried the bag down to 2F but my left arm was too cold so it woke me up. Without that I would have probably rated the bag 2F.

To finish I will talk about the fabric. It performs really well. It stops the wind adequately. And handles condensation efficiently. One night I had frost all over the bag and didn't have any issues. I just dried the bag under the sun in 20 minutes and no water enters the fabric.

Didn't put a 5 star due to the draft tube.

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Valandré Bloody Mary

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Specs

fall 2010 short medium long
Weight 2 lb 5.1 oz / 1112 g 2 lb 9.4 oz / 1175 g 2 lb 11 oz / 1278 g
Fill weight 1 lb 4.1 oz / 580 g 1 lb 5.9 oz / 620 g 1 lb 7.1 oz / 664 g
EN comfort 32 F / 0 C
EN lower limit 21.2 F / -6 C
EN extreme -9.4 F / -23 C
Fill 850-fill down
Shape Mummy
Max user height 5 ft 7 in / 170 cm 6 ft 1 in / 185 cm 6 ft 6.7 in / 200 cm
Shoulder girth 61.4 in / 156 cm 62.6 in / 159 cm 67.7 in / 172 cm
Hip girth 53.5 in / 136 cm 55.5 in / 141 cm 59.4 in / 151 cm
Foot girth 37.4 in / 95 cm 39 in / 99 cm 40.9 in / 104 cm