Saturday, February 11, 2012

Sleeping in the Cloud

Huh?!? Did I hear that correctly? 1 lb 12 oz?  Yep, but I had to get in it to believe it!  The new Sierra Designs Cloud 15 Sleeping Bag is the lightest, comfy-est sleeping bag in the 15 degree temperature range and it weighs only 1 lb. 12 oz.  With 900 fill down the Cloud really does feel barely feel that you have a layer wrapped around you at all.  Super soft, you'll get a great night sleep especially because you carried fewer ounces in your pack all day.  The regular length bag (rated for up to 6 ft) is perfect if you're 5' 11" or less, unless you're like me and need to trim a few inches of girth from around the mid-section.   A few of the ounces saved come in the taper of the bag which leaves you with only a 40 inch footbox.  Remember you're paying to stay warm, save space and shed weight, not to enjoy the opportunity to stretch out in luxury.

Your spouse might question your thinking--if you bother to bring her (or him) in the loop on this $499 decision--but just point out that this is an investment that will last.  If you don't believe it check out this Portland Hikers forumpost on an old Sierra Designs Cloud Series sleeping bag for a 30 year old SD bag selling for $50!  

Our first Sierra Designs Cloud bags arrive in the store next week.  But if $499 is a bit much then maybe another bag from our selection of Sierra Designs sleeping bags is just right.

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