Valandré La Fayette

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A high altitude speed climbing Himalayan big wall alpine climbing sleeping bag The La Fayette introduced into the Valandre sleeping bag line in 2000 sleeps down to 5deg F This sleeping bag was the pioneer in the second generation of our Tubular bell construction The design concept was very simple to conceive the ultimate superlight high altitude expedition bag to be used together with the Combi suitSpeed is the key safety factor in low oxygen high altitude assaults as you enter whats known as the death zone Once over 8000 meters you can start to count down the time left before you have to be back below 8000 meters Either you continue to head for the summit or you hurry downIf you stay you are out on your own The ultimate assaults are speed assaults in alpine style meaning climbers with no support from sherpas no fixed ropes and carrying all their gear This is where the La Fayette comes fully into the pictureThe La Fayette is a tubular bell construction using precut circular baffles not anatomical All stitches are tuckstitched from the inside The tuckstitch technique has the advantage of being stitched though a double layer of fabric producing a very strong and solid seam The bag being more of a climbing tool than a normal sleeping bag with a side zipper has a center half size zip system The length of the zipper is calculated to be the minimum necessary to enter the bag wearing a combi suit The advantage of a center zip is that whether you are laying on the right side or on the left side you are not disturbed by the contact of a hard zipper And you need to face the basic fact once its freaking cold you need to get the heart and lungs off the cold ground so you are rolling over on your side in the fetal position during the night When you are on your side your knees press on the front of the bag possibly shifting the down from the front to the back So the La Fayette has a knee protection system made out of three smaller and laterally closed compartments with a higher down density than the two bigger ones on the backThe draft collar is built into the inside cylinder with a cylindrical hole just big enough for your neck To avoid the possibility of any heat leakage a semielastic adjustment system is placed on the inside So from the inside your hands can close the smallest little gap in the collar all this without any deformation of the sleeping bag As you roll over from your left to your right side during the night you induce air circulation To keep this circulation to a minimum we added a semielastic adjustment system at the waistThe La Fayette is more than a technical mountaineering bag its simply beyond any comparison worldwide No other company has the technical expertise and the willingness to push technical limits to this level of ultimate perfection without any compromiseSpecsbull Weight 361 oz 1024 g2 lbs 4 oz bull Fabric Asahi KASEI Impact 66 Polyamide WR RipStop Asahi KASEI Polyester WR RipStop bull Down Quality Goose 850 cuin US Normes bull Down Load 199 oz 564 g bull Compressed Volume 55 Litersbull Temp Rating EN 13537 test resultsExtreme 26C 15FLimit of comfort 8C 15FComfort 2C 30FWith over 30 years of experience producing and supplying down products our experience says this bag sleeps down to 15deg C 5deg F - Bentgate.com

Specs

fall 2010 short medium long
Weight 2 lb 2.1 oz / 968 g 2 lb 4.1 oz / 1024 g 2 lb 7.1 oz / 1109 g
Fill weight 1 lb 3 oz / 538 g 1 lb 3.9 oz / 564 g 1 lb 5.5 oz / 609 g
EN comfort 28.4 F / -2 C
EN lower limit 17.6 F / -8 C
EN extreme -14.8 F / -26 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 65.4 in / 166 cm 66.9 in / 170 cm 70.9 in / 180 cm
Hip girth 58.3 in / 148 cm 59.8 in / 152 cm 62.2 in / 158 cm
Foot girth 32.3 in / 82 cm 33.9 in / 86 cm 36.2 in / 92 cm

Valandré La Fayette

previously retailed for:
$399.93 - $599.95

The Valandré La Fayette is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen November 17, 2014 at CampSaver.com.

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