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Valandre Expedition Shocking Blue Sleeping Bag: -15 Degree Down


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Sure, backpacking in the Rocky Mountains isn't as intense as camping at Everest Camp III, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice a top-quality sleeping bag because you aren't on top of the world. That's why Valandre went through years of painstaking research to give you the highly innovative Expedition Shocking Blue -15 Degree Down Sleeping Bag. Premium 850+ gray goose down insulates this bag to withstand temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit, but the folks at Valandre feel that you can sleep soundly in below-zero temps. The Shocking Blue is shockingly durable and light thanks to its polyamide ripstop shell, and the polyester ripstop lining only complements its light strength. Plus, both the shell and lining are treated with DWR so you'll stay dry when water seeps through your tent. Valandre's hard work is shown through the Shocking Blue's baffle, hood, and draft collar construction. The complexity in assembling ninety-one pieces in a 3D baffle construction is quite baffling, but Valandre succeeded that feat to give you a sleeping bag with baffles that vary in height in different areas depending on where you need warmth and movement most. For example, the "Pyrenean" foot box contains a lot of baffles so you don't have black toes in the morning, and it's designed to follow the flex of your foot so you can move naturally while you sleep. Its static drawcord allows you to tighten the hood down over your head and across your neck so no wind blows down your body. And you can zip the Marie Antionette draft collar so you can sit up comfortably to play a game of cards with your friends while you wait out some storms.

Price : $ 749.95


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Down vs. Synthetic. The age-old question. Down bags pack down tighter and are a few ounces lighter. On the negative side, they are useless when wet, often take forever to dry (and many can't be tossed into a dryer), and tend to be more expensive.
Heading Out in Wet Weather? Then get a synthetic sleeping bag...period. This way, if your bag gets wet, you won't have a useless sleeping bag for the rest of your trip.
Float Camping? Again...get a synthetic bag. Be a bummer to have your bag end up in the water and become useless for the rest of your float trip.
Where Ounces and Packability Matter. Then go with a goose down bag. This is especially true if you are a bike camper, climber or camp in the desert.

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