Western Mountaineering Caribou MF
What can I say about Western Mountaineering, I first heard about these products through an online talk group and I must say I'm impressed. To put it in perspective, I currently own two Rab mountaineering sleeping bags which were handmade for me, however for use in Scotland in the summer, I found they were just too warm. So when I heard about Western Mountaineering, I decided to look up the only United Kingdom supplier of these sleeping bags and found that they were offering the "Caribou" at a sale price of £135 so I decided to order.
In my opinion, for lightweight hiking and summer mountaineering, I feel that this sleeping bag has earned a place in my rucksack. As I am 6ft 4", I ordered the long 6ft 6" sleeping bag and it arrived loosely stuffed in its Western Mountaineering storage bag. What I immediately noticed was that this was one sleeping bag that lofted incredibly well and was incredibly light.
On entering the sleeping bag, I noticed that for someone of my height, this was a really well made sleeping bag. Also inside the cotton storage bag, I received two Western Mountaineering stickers and a stuff sack which read "xxs". Someone who is 6ft 4" should not own a sleeping bag stuff sack that says "xxs" on it. When reading this, I thought they were having a laugh but when I decided to stuff the sleeping bag into the stuff sack, it fitted with ease.
Overall I don't imagine Western Mountaineering has seen the last of my money.
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Temperature Rating: 35 degrees farenheit
Weight: 1lb 11oz
Price Paid: £135
Lightweight and simple.
- Simple arrangement with lots of room.
- Simple construction
Over two years in use. Great simple bag. Reliable YKK main zipper. Plenty of room for "squirmers" and side/belly sleepers.
Packs very light, and the stuff sack provided is tiny — I usually put it in a larger stuff sack for hiking with my basic load.
The compartments that hold the down are large, but this saves weight, and technically should be warmer. It is very warm!
I have had only a few down quills poke through the MF shell, and these were pushed back in no problem.
A super great bag that will hold your ass to freezing temps no problem.
Still going strong. Was totally warm at around 30 deg. sleeping without a tent/shelter. I would say the rating is very conservative. I really like this bag.
For a warm weather bag, it's pretty much perfect. I can't think of a single complaint I have with the bag after hundreds of nights in it.
It's warmer than the 20 degree REI Sub-kilo bag it replaced (but that bag is notoriously overrated). It compresses down smaller than a volleyball. It is soft and light weight, but extremely durable. The stitching is bomber and the zipper is good. And there is more room around the shoulders than a typical mummy bag.
Overall, very comfortable.
Fill: 850+ fill down
Temperature Rating: 35 F
Weight: 1lb 4oz
Price Paid: $285
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Historic Range: $54.99-$435.00
Reviewers Paid: $285.00
|Weight||1 lb 4 oz / 565 g||1 lb 5 oz / 595 g||1 lb 7 oz / 650 g|
|Fill weight||9 oz / 255 g||10 oz / 283 g||11 oz / 310 g|
|Temperature rating||35 F / 2 C||35 F / 2 C||35 F / 2 C|
|Loft||3.5 in / 9 cm||3.5 in / 9 cm||3.5 in / 9 cm|
|Fill||850 fill-power down||850 fill-power down||850 fill-power down|
|Max user height||5 ft 6 in / 165 cm||6 ft 0 in / 180 cm||6 ft 6 in / 200 cm|
|Shoulder girth||63 in / 163 cm||64 in / 164 cm||65 in / 165 cm|
|Hip girth||56 in / 142 cm||55 in / 140 cm||56 in / 142 cm|
|Foot girth||39 in / 99 cm||39 in / 99 cm||39 in / 99 cm|