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Alpine Ultra Half Bag

Alpine Ultra Half Bag
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The Alpine ultra half bag has been excellent. I'm a great fan of the anorak/half bag combination and have used it for many years.
Mick Roffe

Alpine Ultra Half Bag

Our Alpine half bag (pied d'elephant) to insulate legs and feet. Camp down to 3°C and bivvy down to -10°C* (with a suitably warm jacket)
Typical Operating Temp:3°C (37.4°F)
Weight:250g (9oz)
Price:$255.86

Available Options:

Outer Fabric:

Features

  • Outer fabric: water-resistant Ultrashell (our lightest-ever proofed fabric)
  • Inner fabric – Ultralight MX
  • Rare 950 fill-power European Goose down
  • Stitch through construction to prevent down shift
  • Oval foot-piece for comfort
  • Reflective strip for night location
  • Stretch draw-cord with cord lock
  • Stuff sac* – 10 x 18cm*****

 

*Please note: We make our stuff sacs big enough to allow fairly easy stuffing rather than reducing the bag to the tightest minimum.

Description

Camp down to 3°C and bivvy down to -10°C or lower.*

The mate for the Alpine Ultra jacket. The jacket is a superb stand-alone, but twinning it with this half-bag widens its capabilities. Camp down to 3°C and bivvy down to -10°C or lower.*

Half-bags are back

Half-bags (Pied d'elephant to oldies) are coming back. They've been out of fashion for many years in the trend towards using lifts and huts to make quick comfortable ascents, when a bivouac was a mistake, not a plan.

But the logic behind half-bags is still valid. If you're wearing a warm jacket already, all you need to spend the night out is something to keep your legs warm and there's no lighter way to do that than to use a half-bag. Check out the weights of PHD's half-bags and see for yourself.

  • When there's no hut in the right place for your climb, or it's full, or you just don't like the crush
  • When you want to wander along your GR, free to sleep inside or under the stars as the fancy takes you
  • When you want a lightweight backup in case weather, miscalculation or accident catch you out

...A half-bag is the lightest answer.

*Note on Temperature Ratings

We have given two separate TOTs (Typical Operating Temperatures) for this half-bag.

  • 'Camp' is for the times people might want to use it for lightweight camping instead of taking a sleeping bag (an appropriate jacket and ground insulation is assumed): this is a standard TOT, meaning you should be able to get a good night's sleep under normal circumstances.
  • 'Bivvy' gives a range of temperatures from the usual doze level down to the point beyond which you're liable to be awake and getting cold. Again an insulated jacket is needed.

All these figures assume you are wearing normal clothing inside the half-bag. Any insulated kit like down trousers and down socks will improve the TOT.

Technical

Ultrashell (weight: 40gsm)

The lightest of PHD's coated materials. This ripstop nylon provides complete wind block and good water resistance at minimal weight. Ultrashell gives an excellent upgrade to performance with very little weight penalty. Order samples of this fabric & just pay the postage.

Superlight MX fabric (weight: 32 gsm)

A mini-ripstop nylon with excellent tear strength, MX is the pick of the superfine 15 denier downproof materials. We have tested lighter fabrics, but most have had significant drawbacks, while our confidence in MX is based on several years of extensive use in both our ultralight and our high mountain gear. Order samples of this fabric & just pay the postage.

950 Fillpower Down

A newcomer to our range. European goose of rare quality. A high value alternative at the top levels of performance. More on our down insulation.

Sizing

One size fits all.

Reviews

"The Alpine ultra half bag has been excellent. I'm a great fan of the anorak/half bag combination and have used it for many years – warm enough most of the time in this country (UK). The system is ideal if you tend to fidget about in the night and find sleeping bag entry + zips + keeping tabs on the dog all a faff particularly when it’s wet and easy to get the inside of larger sleeping bags damp."
Mick Roffe

"I loved the bag, I was so surprised when it arrived to see how small it packed down and just how light it really was. It's such a great innovation and I loved it!"
Jake Baggaley

Features

  • Outer fabric: water-resistant Ultrashell (our lightest-ever proofed fabric)
  • Inner fabric – Ultralight MX
  • Rare 950 fill-power European Goose down
  • Stitch through construction to prevent down shift
  • Oval foot-piece for comfort
  • Reflective strip for night location
  • Stretch draw-cord with cord lock
  • Stuff sac* – 10 x 18cm*****

 

*Please note: We make our stuff sacs big enough to allow fairly easy stuffing rather than reducing the bag to the tightest minimum.

Description

Camp down to 3°C and bivvy down to -10°C or lower.*

The mate for the Alpine Ultra jacket. The jacket is a superb stand-alone, but twinning it with this half-bag widens its capabilities. Camp down to 3°C and bivvy down to -10°C or lower.*

Half-bags are back

Half-bags (Pied d'elephant to oldies) are coming back. They've been out of fashion for many years in the trend towards using lifts and huts to make quick comfortable ascents, when a bivouac was a mistake, not a plan.

But the logic behind half-bags is still valid. If you're wearing a warm jacket already, all you need to spend the night out is something to keep your legs warm and there's no lighter way to do that than to use a half-bag. Check out the weights of PHD's half-bags and see for yourself.

  • When there's no hut in the right place for your climb, or it's full, or you just don't like the crush
  • When you want to wander along your GR, free to sleep inside or under the stars as the fancy takes you
  • When you want a lightweight backup in case weather, miscalculation or accident catch you out

...A half-bag is the lightest answer.

*Note on Temperature Ratings

We have given two separate TOTs (Typical Operating Temperatures) for this half-bag.

  • 'Camp' is for the times people might want to use it for lightweight camping instead of taking a sleeping bag (an appropriate jacket and ground insulation is assumed): this is a standard TOT, meaning you should be able to get a good night's sleep under normal circumstances.
  • 'Bivvy' gives a range of temperatures from the usual doze level down to the point beyond which you're liable to be awake and getting cold. Again an insulated jacket is needed.

All these figures assume you are wearing normal clothing inside the half-bag. Any insulated kit like down trousers and down socks will improve the TOT.

Technical

Ultrashell (weight: 40gsm)

The lightest of PHD's coated materials. This ripstop nylon provides complete wind block and good water resistance at minimal weight. Ultrashell gives an excellent upgrade to performance with very little weight penalty. Order samples of this fabric & just pay the postage.

Superlight MX fabric (weight: 32 gsm)

A mini-ripstop nylon with excellent tear strength, MX is the pick of the superfine 15 denier downproof materials. We have tested lighter fabrics, but most have had significant drawbacks, while our confidence in MX is based on several years of extensive use in both our ultralight and our high mountain gear. Order samples of this fabric & just pay the postage.

950 Fillpower Down

A newcomer to our range. European goose of rare quality. A high value alternative at the top levels of performance. More on our down insulation.

Sizing

One size fits all.

Reviews

"The Alpine ultra half bag has been excellent. I'm a great fan of the anorak/half bag combination and have used it for many years – warm enough most of the time in this country (UK). The system is ideal if you tend to fidget about in the night and find sleeping bag entry + zips + keeping tabs on the dog all a faff particularly when it’s wet and easy to get the inside of larger sleeping bags damp."
Mick Roffe

"I loved the bag, I was so surprised when it arrived to see how small it packed down and just how light it really was. It's such a great innovation and I loved it!"
Jake Baggaley

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