Western Mountaineering Apache MF
Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $200 pro deal
Warm, lightweight, compact, and luxurious: this is one of my favorite pieces of gear!
- Compresses well
- Fabric feels great
- Hood fits well
- Fabric seems delicate
The Apache MF was a large investment. At $450 MSRP ($200 pro deal), it's by far the most expensive piece of gear I've ever purchased, but each time I use it, I know I made a sound investment.
I've used the Apache twice so far in very different conditions. Once was in early May 2012 at the Buffalo River in Arkansas. The temperature ranged from mid-40s to mid-50s at night with high humidity and rain. The bag remained lofted and warm every night.
Obviously a 15° bag was overkill for such a trip, but I had just gotten it and had to take it for a spin. I was surprised at how I did not overheat, the down doing a great job keeping me comfortable and the footbox venting well. I used it again in late February 2013 for an overnight at Dinosaur Valley in Texas where lows at night dipped into the low 30s. I stayed cozy and warm all night using a Big Agnes Insulated Air Core pad.
I'm 5'8" and 165lbs and the bag fits great. It is a narrow cut, but I have plenty of room to be comfortable while maintaining efficiency.
The microfiber (MF) fabric is a ripstop polyester. It feels great against the skin, and when combined with the already awesome feel of down, it feels like heaven when you get in it. The fabric seems delicate, but I'm always careful with it and haven't had any issues. The tight weave and DWR are great for moisture resistance; I poured a bit of water on the shell upon receiving the bag and it rolled off like a duck's back. The smooth fabric also makes stuffing the bag very easy. The bag compresses to about the size of a soccer ball in the compression bag I use, but it could probably go smaller.
The zipper moves well, but can be tricky to get the last 3 inches or so when you're inside — doesn't stick, it's just a weird angle. The zipper has a full-length stiffener that pretty much eliminates snags. A thick draft collar is awesome and the opening of the bag has two cinches — one around the shoulders on the draft collar and one at the hood to really seal in all the warm air. Velcro on the collar and hood keeps zippers closed during the night.
My feet are always cold, so I regret not ordering an over-stuff on the footbox (available if you order direct from Western Mountaineering), but no frigid feet yet; I'll update once I take it closer to the lower temperature limits.
Overall, an awesome bag that I hope to have for many years to come!
Price Paid: less than retail, used..
The Western Mountaineering Apache is an outstanding all purpose bag. Rated for 15 degree 3 season bag.
I tested it on a trip to Jefferson National Forest where the temperature was on average 45° F. The bag was so warm. I had to leave it unzipped and used it like a comforter.
My second trip was to Shenandoah National Park where the temperature was 20-35 degrees. I took a core temperature of the bag alone at 22 degrees with windchill. My sleeping bag was at 80 degrees with body heat after a core temperature check after an hour.
- Warm to 15 degrees
- Excellent construction and stitching
- Narrow bag, not made for broad people
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The Western Mountaineering Apache MF sleeping bag pushes the bounds of a 3 season bag. With an efficient cut to help you heat the bag quickly and high loft, the Apache with its legendary craftsmanship and features will remain your go-to bag for years to come. MicroLite XP(TM) shell is very weather resistant while remaining extremely breathable A full 3-dimensional down-filled collar seals in heat Enjoy easy ventilation with full-length #5 YKK Coil Zipper featuring two locking slider pulls for convenient access from inside or outside Dacron(R) stiffening tape ensures smooth zipping and prevents zipper jams Insulated Draft Tube keeps heat from escaping through the zipper 6'' loft offers luxurious warmth and exceptional compressibility 5 1/4'' spaced baffles allow maximum loft while preventing down migration Continuous Baffles encircle the bag zipper to zipper allowing down manipulation for comfort in broad temperature ranges DWR finish keeps moisture at bay even after multiple washings 59''/38'' Shoulder/Foot girth Stuff sack and large volume storage sack included Proudly made in the USA Closeout models have black fabric on the ground-facing side of the bag
The Western Mountaineering Apache MF Sleeping Bag features premium 850-fill down and an efficient cut to help you push the limits of your three-season kit. Six inches of fluffy loft keep you cozy at night, and the breathable MicroLite XP shell repels moisture and lets body vapors escape so your warmth-giving down insulation stays dry.
Western Mountaineering 6'6 Apache MF 15 DegThe Apache is built with attitude! It simply won't take no for an answer as it willingly pushes the bounds of a 2-3 season bag. These bags have a full 3-Dimensionally sewn down-filled collar to seal in heat when your trip turns a little bitter! The efficient cut lets you heat the bag quickly and gives you a lighter parcel to carry about. 19 oz. of high lofting down pumps up a durable 6" of loft. The MicroLite XP(TM) shell is very weather resistant while remaining extremely breathable. At a total weight of 2 lbs. 1 oz. you'll be amazed just how much cold these bags will tame.Specs * 5 1/4" Spacing/Continuous Baffles * 59"/38" Shoulder/Foot Girth * Full Down Collar * 6" Loft, 15deg F * 19 oz. Down Fill * 2 lbs. 1 oz. Total Weight
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