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

Reviews

1

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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Valandre's Bloody Mary Sleeping bag is a three-season, versatile, comfortable sleeping bag. Nominated as a Gold award winner at the the outdoor industry in sleeping bags. Constructed with a tubular bell design, having 83 individual cut panels and baffles it tailors to fit the body perfectly. It is a marvel to behold, having the best warmth to weight ratio in the industry.

- CampSaver.com

When sores start settling in on your third day out in the wilderness, it's important to have a cozy sleeping bag to see you through the nights with restful recovery. So wrap yourself up in the Valandre Expedition Bloody Mary 29-Degree Down Sleeping Bag and sleep throughout the night whether you're on a portaledge in Yosemite or trekking across the continent. Stuffed with fine, ultralight 850+ fill down, this three-season bag is rated to keep you comfortable when the temperatures dip below freezing. Nylon ripstop makes the Bloody Mary lightweight and durable so you'll love taking it with you up vertical faces and across treacherous treks. The fabric is coated with DWR along with its polyester ripstop lining, so you'll stay dry while you count sheep. The most innovative feature of the Bloody Mary has to be the hood and draft collar system. A static drawcord integrated in the hood allows you to tighten or loosen the bag's opening so you get as little or as much air as you like. The Bloody Mary comes with two interchangeable draft collars that offer three different levels of thermal protection only a zipper pull away. When temps drop fast, zip on the heaviest collar for snugged up warmth. When weather warms up, stash the heavy collar and whip out the bag's mid-weight collar for toasty comfort. Once summer arrives, leave the collars at home and let the warm winds soothe your exhausted body.

- Backcountry.com

Free Shipping. Valandre Men's Bloody Mary Sleeping Bag FEATURES of the Valandre Men's Bloody Mary Sleeping Bag 16 Pre-cut baffles, 100% anatomical shape Tubular cut Zip-in draft collar system A full 'Marie Antoinette' collar A half 'Marie Antoinette' collar Without collar Anatomic feet (trapezoid form) Zipper backed with internal reinforcement and down-filled storm flap Waist and ankles elasticized draw-cord Trekking Alpine climbing SPECIFICATIONS of the Valandre Men's Bloody Mary Sleeping Bag Down Quality: Goose 95/05 Down Load: 21.9 oz / 620 g Total Weight: 41.4 oz / 1175 g Compressed Volume Weight: 7 liter Extreme Rating: -9.4deg F / -23deg C Limit Rating: 21.2deg F / -6deg C Comfort Rating: 32deg F / 0deg C Inner: Rip stop 100% polyester Treated WR 40,8g/m2 Outer: Rip stop 100% polyamide WR treatment 37g/m2

- Moosejaw

More versatile than you could even imagine, the Valandre Bloody Mary is an exceptional three-season bag that exceeds the performance of any other three-season bag on the market.This product will be shipped directly from Valandre and will leave their warehouse in 2-3 business days. Eligible for UPS ground shipping only.

- EMS

A light weight expedition alpine climbing and trekking sleeping bag Valandre has introduced a threeseason sleeping bag that Valandre has sleeping down to 5 F the Bloody MaryFeaturing Valandres Tubular Bell construction an interchangeable collar system and the worlds best French Fat Grey Goose down the Bloody Mary will take you across three seasons in amazing comfort At the heart of the Bloody Mary is an interchangeable collar system Three different levels of thermal protection are a zipper pull away When the temperature is dropping fast zip in the heaviest of the collars and feel the snug warmth that is sealed in the main body section As conditions lighten zip out the heavy collar and put in the midweight collar This collar rests gently on your neck providing some ventilation while holding most of your warmth in the bag And finally as summer is in full swing dont get a lighter bag just leave the collars at home open the main zipper for full ventilation and Et voila Welcome to the extremely flexible comfort zoneIf the collar system is the heart of the Bloody Mary the French Fat Grey Goose down is the muscle Valandre uses only down from the French Fat Grey Goose a bird capable of migrating at 33000 feet 10000m in 60 degrees F 50 degrees C temperatures for days on end The down is harvested right before the traditional migration time when it is fresh clean and at its plumpest Then Valandre selects only the lightest down and fills each compartment with just the right amountThe foundation of all Valandres sleeping bags is our Tubular Bell construction method Each Bloody Mary is made from 83 individually cut panels and baffles tailored to fit perfectly around the human body And when these compartments are filled with the French Fat Grey Goose down they actually lift off your body as the bag warms upThis isnt just a container for the down it is a technological marvel with all components working in harmony to provide the best warmthtoweight ratio in the industry with surprising flexibilitySpecs Weight 2lbs 47oz 2lbs 585oz 2lbs 84oz Fabric Asahi KASEI Impact 66 Polyamide WR RipStop Asahi KASEI Polyester WR RipStop Down Quality Goose 850 cu in US Normes Down Load 219oz 620 g Compressed Volume 7 Liters Temp Rating EN 13537 test resultsExtreme 23C 10FLimit of comfort 6C 20FComfort 0C 30FWith over 30 years of experience producing and supplying down products our experience says this bag sleeps down to 15 C 5 F

- Bentgate.com