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Desert Race Halfbag

Desert Race Halfbag - showing shoulder length fabric extender.
Desert Race Halfbag - showing shoulder length fabric extender.Half bag with extender tucked in.Showing neck-length 'sand cover' or extender that goes over the top of the down pullover. Pullover sold separately.Optional race stuff sac with webbing daily chainsOptional footzipOptional race stuff sac with webbing daisy chains (right). Standard stuff sac (left).Race Stuff Sac shown attached to a WAA Ultra-Bag, one of the most popular MDS rucksacks.

It worked brilliantly and I'd recommend it to others in a heartbeat.
Thomas Meakin (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor)

Desert Race Halfbag

A superlight half-length sleeping bag. With extension tube to protect against dust & wind.
Typical Operating Temp:3°C (37.4°F)
Weight:240g (8oz)
Price:£232.00

Available Options:

Length:
Zip:
Stuff sac(s):

Features

  • Sheer-light 7X fabric inner and outer -- our lightest ever fabric
  • Exceptional 950 fillpower European goose down
  • Stitch-through construction to reduce weight
  • Neck-length “sand cover” or extender to cocoon your body, arms and hands
  • Only available until 31st March
  • Team with our Desert Race Pullover to make a flexible Sleep System*****
  • Footpiece: Ovoid shape
  • Stuff sac and storage bag supplied
  • Packed size 13 x 21cm*
  • Options:
    • Lengths: Short, Long
    • Footzip
    • Additional (2nd race stuff sac)

 

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

Description

Part of the Desert Race Collection, designed with desert racing in mind. In the MdS 40°C race days can give way to 4°C nights in which warmth plays a vital role in recovery for the next day's challenge. Maximising these item's warmth/weight ratio has been central to developing this collection, to meet the needs of both elite competitors and those who simply want to finish.

Combined with a suitably warm down top, such as the Desert Ultra Pullover, this Halfbag makes for a great way to cut weight and bulk while keeping your legs and feet warm enough for a good night’s sleep. The use of Halfbags (or ‘Pied d’elephant’) for lightweight bivis and camping is well proven in the mountains. Here we’ve made a super-lightweight version for desert races with a neck-length “sand cover” or extender to cocoon your body, arms and hands to cut out the dust- or sand-laden breezes that can disturb a night’s sleep under an open canopy tent. With the use of our new 7X (7 denier) fabric, 950 fillpower down, and stitch through construction, the Desert Race Halfbag is an exceptionally flexible option.

New for 2016/7: a footzip option to allow air circulation around the feet.

The Race Stuff Sac is a race-specific Stuff Sac with attachment points to strap to the outside of a rucksack. It can be purchased separately or added to your order as an option.

Buy as a combo package with the Desert Ultra Pullover and get a 5% discount.

Technical

Ultralight 7X fabric (weight: 22 gsm)

7X is our new sheer-light 7 denier fabric. An exquisitely fine rip-stop nylon, 7X is incredibly light, highly wind-resistant and has first-rate down proofing. This fabric helps us create the very lightest of gear in the PHD range. Of course the lighter the fabric the lighter the sleeping bag or down clothing, and the less space it takes up in your rucksack. This fabric is so light it actually helps to allow even greater lofting of the down too. 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

Lightweight Sleeping Bags Sizes

The measurements in the tables below are personal body measurements.

Length Height
Short 168cm and below (5' 6" and below)
Standard 169 - 184cm (5' 7" - 6')
Long 185 - 201cm (6' 1" - 6' 7")
Extra Long 202 - 213cm (6' 8" - 7')

Width Chest
Slim 78 - 92cm (31" - 36")
Standard 93 - 107cm (37" - 42")
Wide 108 - 125cm (43" - 49")
Extra Wide 126 - 142cm (50" - 56")

Reviews

"For me the half bag and pullover was perfect, probably the best bit of kit I bought. To be wearing the top half as a jacket in the evening, then slip into the lower half was simplicity itself. It was plenty warm enough, even on the colder nights, and the hood served well as a cushion so I could just lay my head on my pack and to muffle my ears against the inevitable night noises."
Dain Jensen (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"I loved the PHD half bag and pullover combination. It worked brilliantly and I'd recommend it to others in a heartbeat."
Thomas Meakin (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"I have never used a sleeping system like it, a completely superb bit of kit.

The conditions this year were tricky ranging from around 2 degrees to 15 (at night) the bag kept me comfortable at the lower end (with silk liner) and also comfortable with no jacket at the higher end (no soggy interior). How it did this I have no idea, but it did. Effectively I was comfortable in the bag every night regardless of temp.

The shell material was completely faultless despite my best efforts to destroy it (I used a lightweight matt with loads of holes) - the bag is completely unblemished. The lightweight upper section provided a high level of protection from sand/wind ingress and did keep me warm down to around 7 degrees C. The jacket worked very well as a wind smock during the evening and was very comfy to sleep in, once again the material was tough and remained unblemished.

The entire system was easy to pack into one stuff sack and worked well as part of my overall kit inventory. It was as small as it could be.

All in all I cannot speak highly enough of the race bag - it completely exceeded my expectations. It performed faultlessly, it is a cracking bit of kit and I would have no hesitation recommending it.

I can't think of a better sleeping system. The equipment was faultless. I would have no hesitation recommending this item I was truly amazed at the performance."
Jamie Hancox (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor)


"The bag and jacket were both very good...overall I’d recommend this to anyone wanting a warm jacket for the MDS"
James Gillies (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"Overall, your desert combo product performed well and met my (high) expectations. Best piece of kit I brought. We had a mix of warm and cold evenings, with a couple blowing sand storms. Combo kept me in comfortable range throughout"
Scott Fischel (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"I thought it was a great product"
Jon-Paul Brett (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"It worked exactly as described. I consider the temperature ratings accurate. We had a couple of nights when the wind picked up and the sand blew. When this happened I was grateful for being able to pull the sand sheet on the half bag up over my head and use the drawstring to keep the sand out"
Gareth Scobie (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).

Features

  • Sheer-light 7X fabric inner and outer -- our lightest ever fabric
  • Exceptional 950 fillpower European goose down
  • Stitch-through construction to reduce weight
  • Neck-length “sand cover” or extender to cocoon your body, arms and hands
  • Only available until 31st March
  • Team with our Desert Race Pullover to make a flexible Sleep System*****
  • Footpiece: Ovoid shape
  • Stuff sac and storage bag supplied
  • Packed size 13 x 21cm*
  • Options:
    • Lengths: Short, Long
    • Footzip
    • Additional (2nd race stuff sac)

 

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

Description

Part of the Desert Race Collection, designed with desert racing in mind. In the MdS 40°C race days can give way to 4°C nights in which warmth plays a vital role in recovery for the next day's challenge. Maximising these item's warmth/weight ratio has been central to developing this collection, to meet the needs of both elite competitors and those who simply want to finish.

Combined with a suitably warm down top, such as the Desert Ultra Pullover, this Halfbag makes for a great way to cut weight and bulk while keeping your legs and feet warm enough for a good night’s sleep. The use of Halfbags (or ‘Pied d’elephant’) for lightweight bivis and camping is well proven in the mountains. Here we’ve made a super-lightweight version for desert races with a neck-length “sand cover” or extender to cocoon your body, arms and hands to cut out the dust- or sand-laden breezes that can disturb a night’s sleep under an open canopy tent. With the use of our new 7X (7 denier) fabric, 950 fillpower down, and stitch through construction, the Desert Race Halfbag is an exceptionally flexible option.

New for 2016/7: a footzip option to allow air circulation around the feet.

The Race Stuff Sac is a race-specific Stuff Sac with attachment points to strap to the outside of a rucksack. It can be purchased separately or added to your order as an option.

Buy as a combo package with the Desert Ultra Pullover and get a 5% discount.

Technical

Ultralight 7X fabric (weight: 22 gsm)

7X is our new sheer-light 7 denier fabric. An exquisitely fine rip-stop nylon, 7X is incredibly light, highly wind-resistant and has first-rate down proofing. This fabric helps us create the very lightest of gear in the PHD range. Of course the lighter the fabric the lighter the sleeping bag or down clothing, and the less space it takes up in your rucksack. This fabric is so light it actually helps to allow even greater lofting of the down too. 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

Lightweight Sleeping Bags Sizes

The measurements in the tables below are personal body measurements.

Length Height
Short 168cm and below (5' 6" and below)
Standard 169 - 184cm (5' 7" - 6')
Long 185 - 201cm (6' 1" - 6' 7")
Extra Long 202 - 213cm (6' 8" - 7')

Width Chest
Slim 78 - 92cm (31" - 36")
Standard 93 - 107cm (37" - 42")
Wide 108 - 125cm (43" - 49")
Extra Wide 126 - 142cm (50" - 56")

Reviews

"For me the half bag and pullover was perfect, probably the best bit of kit I bought. To be wearing the top half as a jacket in the evening, then slip into the lower half was simplicity itself. It was plenty warm enough, even on the colder nights, and the hood served well as a cushion so I could just lay my head on my pack and to muffle my ears against the inevitable night noises."
Dain Jensen (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"I loved the PHD half bag and pullover combination. It worked brilliantly and I'd recommend it to others in a heartbeat."
Thomas Meakin (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"I have never used a sleeping system like it, a completely superb bit of kit.

The conditions this year were tricky ranging from around 2 degrees to 15 (at night) the bag kept me comfortable at the lower end (with silk liner) and also comfortable with no jacket at the higher end (no soggy interior). How it did this I have no idea, but it did. Effectively I was comfortable in the bag every night regardless of temp.

The shell material was completely faultless despite my best efforts to destroy it (I used a lightweight matt with loads of holes) - the bag is completely unblemished. The lightweight upper section provided a high level of protection from sand/wind ingress and did keep me warm down to around 7 degrees C. The jacket worked very well as a wind smock during the evening and was very comfy to sleep in, once again the material was tough and remained unblemished.

The entire system was easy to pack into one stuff sack and worked well as part of my overall kit inventory. It was as small as it could be.

All in all I cannot speak highly enough of the race bag - it completely exceeded my expectations. It performed faultlessly, it is a cracking bit of kit and I would have no hesitation recommending it.

I can't think of a better sleeping system. The equipment was faultless. I would have no hesitation recommending this item I was truly amazed at the performance."
Jamie Hancox (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor)


"The bag and jacket were both very good...overall I’d recommend this to anyone wanting a warm jacket for the MDS"
James Gillies (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"Overall, your desert combo product performed well and met my (high) expectations. Best piece of kit I brought. We had a mix of warm and cold evenings, with a couple blowing sand storms. Combo kept me in comfortable range throughout"
Scott Fischel (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"I thought it was a great product"
Jon-Paul Brett (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).


"It worked exactly as described. I consider the temperature ratings accurate. We had a couple of nights when the wind picked up and the sand blew. When this happened I was grateful for being able to pull the sand sheet on the half bag up over my head and use the drawstring to keep the sand out"
Gareth Scobie (2016 Marathon des Sables competitor).

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