Western Mountaineering AlpinLite Super
This bag is superb! I am a very restless sleeper,…
Fill: 17 oz, 850 fill down
Temperature Rating: 20 degree F.
Weight: 1 lb, 13 oz
Price Paid: $360
This bag is superb! I am a very restless sleeper, tossing and turning all night long. My previous bag did not allow me to turn without a major ordeal (I bought it according to standard recommendations for my size). I'm female, 5'1", 125 pounds, and get nightsweats from menopause. The last thing I need is a bag that won't let me get my feet or arms out in a hurry! The Alpinlite Super zipper goes all the way to the bottom!! Hallelujah!!
The first trip the temperature dipped to 38 so I had to use the drawstring around the neck and hood. Wow, perfect invention. I was toasty warm, even with the bottom of the zipper left up so I could get cool air in at times. The next trip it was 60. Don't think I ever zipped the bag up. My husband has a Megalite by W.M., he was a little jealous of the extra neck draw on the AlpinLite.
The bag compresses down small (8x15) but not as much as my previous one. So I just pack it in the main compartment of my pack instead of the bag compartment. We use a blow up Angus pad (makes a comfortable sleep, even on stones), but before I used to have to use a foam pad also to keep the cold from seeping up into my bones. Now with the Alpinlite, no more pad! Everything about this bag is an A-Plus!
This bag is not what it is said to be with warmth.
Price Paid: $395
This bag is not what it is said to be with warmth. I got stuck in a storm on the AT and it did not perform to its temperature rating. The weather got down to about 26. I had to wear my Arc'teryx Venta SV and my ALPHA LT pants to stay warm.
After the storm I got into 35 to 45 degree weather, it worked awesome. The bag allowed a lot of wind through the side zipper area and also with my Thermarest Prolite 4 the bag felt the coldness instantly.
The positive is that the bag is superlight and it stuffs down great. It is also nice for men that are wide shoulder. The workmanship is definitely better than any bag that I have seen on the market. I do recommend this bag for superlight wide shoulder people. Make sure that if it is below 30 bring other base layer.
I don't know if I got a lemon but I am hoping I did, because they are made in the USA and I believe to keep our money here instead of china.