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Mountain Equipment Glacier 700

rated 3.50 of 5 stars
photo: Mountain Equipment Glacier 700 3-season down sleeping bag

Specs

Men's
Price MSRP: $455.00
Current Retail: $499.00-$529.00
Historic Range: $254.96-$529.00
Good Night's Sleep Temperature -15°C / 5°F
Comfort Rating -6°C / 21°F
Comfort Limit Rating -13°C / 9°F
Extreme Rating -34°C / -29°F
Weight 1250 g / 44 oz
Insulation 699 g of 90-10 Pure Duck Down with a minimum fill power of 700
Shell DRILITE LOFT II outer shell is lightweight, breathable and water resistant
Fit Mountain fit is both spacious and thermally efficient
Women's
Price MSRP: $455.00
Current Retail: $499.00-$529.00
Historic Range: $294.97-$529.00
Good Night's Sleep Temperature --13°C / 9°F
Comfort Rating -6°C / 21°F
Comfort Limit Rating -13°C / 9°F
Extreme Rating -34°C / -29°F
Weight 1140 g / 40.2 oz
Insulation 665 g of 90-10 Pure Duck Down with a minimum fill power of 700
Shell DRILITE LOFT II outer shell is lightweight, breathable and water resistant
Fit Mountain fit is both spacious and thermally efficient

Reviews

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rated 3.50 of 5 stars average rating


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Great overall materials for the price, but a few major flaws.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Down stays in place
  • Weather resistant
  • Side baffle

Cons

  • Foot box too restrictive
  • Too less insulation in the feet area
  • Down migrates in the collar baffle

I would love to love this bag. I searched for a long time and for its price class (<300 euro), it has one of the best specs/weight ratio.

It is warm (rated for 5°F, -15°C ), very lofty (700 cu in down,  >=90% down), has a water-repellent outer material, the down distributes well and stays in place in the baffles. However there are a few problems for this bag that made me return it after testing at around -1°C (~30°F). I am male, 1.83m tall, 81 kg, 29 years old, and I tested the regular size. I paid 260 euro on sale.

1-  The toe area is too small in the vertical. My feet are 29.3 cm in length (46 EU) and my toes have to bend to fit in the vertical. As a result, the down insulation gets compressed and your feet gets cold. I suspect that feet longer than around 27 cm (EU 43) would have a similar problem. This issue is aggravated by the fact that the toe area has significantly less insulation than the rest of the bag. When I hold the bag towards the bright window, I could easily see light through this area.

2- The collar is too low. The collar stays lower than the shoulders at the sternum's height. The convex-shaped collar towards the bottom results in the neck being exposed. I wish it could come up and cover up to my chin but there was some 10 cm left. Cinching the collar tighter pulls it even lower.

3- Minor issues:

  • The bag is slightly noisy (probably because of the outer material).
  • The adjustment is a bit tricky and the magnetic flap a bit annoying on the shoulders.
  • The hood adjustment tightens towards the eye, while the sides are not as tight. I wish that the head adjustment was similar to the ones used in some jackets, tightening against the forehead

As I said, it has great pros for the price. Issues 1 and 2 could be solved with a down bootie and a balaclava/neck warmer, respectively. I would however not recommend this sleeping bag in the regular size bag if you are taller than ~1.75m. There is also a long version, but I haven't tried it.

Experience

I tested it once in a just-below freezing night.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 260 euro

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