User Review: Western Mountaineering Apache Super MF (MicroFiber)
Fill: 700+ fill down
Temperature Rating: 15 F (-9 C)
Weight: 2 lbs
Price Paid: $400 Cdn
Well, same as my old camp trails pack, the no-name synthetic bag I'd had since high school just wasn't cutting it anymore, so I saved up (by crashing on my friends floor for the summer) and bought this bag. I feel it is the perfect 3 season bag.
WM's trademark is the loft of their bags - and for good reason. Shake it out and you've got a purple Michelin Man in your tent. I'm a fairly thin guy, so don't have a problem with the thin cut, and although I'm normally flopping and thrashing around at night, I felt great in this bag. Even though I'm tall (6'2) the long version has a few inches to spare at the bottom, which is great for keeping my early morning clothes warm.
The polyester microfibre shell is awesome, it breathes really well and sheds water from condensation and little spills (contact solution, etc.). It's pretty durable as well. The zipper stiffener is great, yet I still seem to get it caught sometimes. I'm still not used to a left zip. But even when it does snag a little, it's real easy to undo. The hood fits pretty nice, although I've rarely used it. One of my favorite things is that it has a draft collar, which I think is rare for bags in this range, but it was a key feature for me.
The big storage sack is nice, and the stuff sack provided could be even smaller, this bag compresses so much!
I sleep cold, and found that when the temp dropped below zero, I was a little chilled, but I didn't have the hood done up. And if it gets too warm, the double zipper allows you to free your feet and stay comfortable without sweating all night, or chucking your bag only to wake up freezing an hour later.
All in all, an excellent bag, no real complaints. The price is steep, but you get what you pay for and when you consider the quality of the craftmanship, the weight, the compressibility and the warmth, it's very hard to beat!
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