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Desert Race 'Sleep System' Combo Package

Desert Race 'Sleep System' Combo Package
Desert Race 'Sleep System' Combo PackageDesert race pullover without optional hoodDesert race pullover - optional hoodDesert race pullover with optional hoodShowing neck-length 'sand cover' or extender that goes over the top of the down pullover.Desert Halfbag with extender foldedDesert Halfbag with extender unfoldedRed 7X fabric (option on pullover)Optional race stuff sac with webbing daisy chainsOptional footzip on half-bagOptional 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 'Sleep System' Combo Package

Desert Race half-length sleeping bag & Down Pullover combination at 5% discount
Typical Operating Temp:3°C (37.4°F)
Weight:440g (16oz)
Price:£512.00
£486.00

Available Options:

Pullover Size:
Pullover Hood:
Half bag length:
Pullover colour:
Half bag zip:
Stuff sac(s):

Features

Combo package of Desert Race Halfbag and Desert Race Pullover at 15% discount.

Common Features:

  • Sheer-light 7X fabric inner and outer -- our lightest ever fabric
  • Exceptional 950 fillpower European goose down
  • Stitch-through construction to reduce weight
  • Additional (2nd) race stuff sac
  • Only available until 31st March.

 

Halfbag Features:

  • Footpiece: Ovoid shape
  • Stuff sac and storage bag supplied
  • Neck-length “sand cover” or extender to cocoon your body, arms and hands
  • Packed size 13 x 21cm*
  • Options:
    • Lengths: short, long
    • Footzip

 

Pullover Features:

  • Full width front hand-warmer pockets
  • Short lightweight front zip, pullover style
  • Drop-tail back
  • Adjustable hem
  • Small zipped security pocket
  • Elasticated side hem
  • Cuffs: Light Lycra
  • Stuff sac
  • Pack size: 10 x 18cm*
  • Option:
    • Dark Grey or Red
    • Stud on shell (fabric only) hood with Lycra edging: Adds 10grms/0.5oz +£25
    • Stud on down hood with Lycra edging: Adds 20grms/1oz +£35.00

 

* 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.

The full combination of a Desert Race Halfbag and Desert Race Pullover at a lower price.

The Half Bag

Combined with 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 Pullover

The PHD Ultra Pullover has been a favourite of racers for many seasons. Here we’ve made a super lightweight version for desert races paying particular attention to the required level of insulation for sleeping in. With the use of our new 7X (7 denier) fabric, 950 fillpower down, and stitch through construction for weight saving, the Desert Race Pullover is an exceptionally flexible piece of kit.

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.

Only available until 31st March.

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")

Standard clothing sizing chart

Weight shown is for medium (M) size.

The PHD Sizing Chart below is based on measurements without clothing, exactly the way you would buy a shirt, a sweater or a pair of trousers. A 42" (107cm) chest means that your bare chest uninflated measures 42". Inside Arm is measured from armpit to wrist-bone and Inside Leg from crutch to ankle bone. If you find that you fall between (or across) these sizings, please contact us and we will quote you for modifications needed. Modifications cannot be made to sale items, bargain box items or other products not offered at full price. And if you are supplying us with your measurements, it is always useful for us to know your height, even when you are only buying a jacket.

Size Height Chest Waist Inside arm Inside leg
XS 155-163cm
(5'1"–5'4")
86cm
(34")
71cm
(28")
46cm
(18")
69cm
(27")
S 164-170cm
(5'5"–5'7")
91cm
(36")
76cm
(30")
48cm
(19")
72cm
(28.5")
M 171-178cm
(5'7"–5'10")
99cm
(39")
84cm
(33")
51cm
(20")
76cm
(30")
L 179-186cm
(5'10"–6'1")
107cm
(42")
91cm
(36")
53cm
(21")
80cm
(31.5")
XL 187-193cm
(6'2"–6'4")
114cm
(45")
99cm
(39")
56cm
(22")
84cm
(33")
XXL 194-201cm
(6'4"–6'7")
122cm
(48")
107cm
(42")
58cm
(23")
88cm
(34.5")
XXXL 202-209cm
(6'8"–6'10")
130cm
(51")
114cm
(45")
61cm
(24")
91cm
(36")

N.B. PHD clothing is unisex and made in standard sizes S / M / L and XL, with XS available on Minimus, Sigma, Ultra, and Yukon jackets, vests and pullovers as standard, and on certain other items on request. XXL & XXXL are available for certain items on request, and so are simple modifications between sizes (e.g. Medium width combined with Large length). Please contact us for details.

Allowances:

  • Down Jackets, Pullovers, Vests, Down Suits: sized to fit over thermal underwear & fleece.
  • Down Trousers & Salopettes: sized to fit over thermal underwear &/or climbing trousers.
  • Shell Jackets: sized to go over a down jacket (e.g. Yukon Jacket). To cover thicker down clothing go up one size; to cover base layer & fleece clothing, go down one size.
  • Shell Trousers & Salopettes: sized to fit over thermal underwear &/or outdoor trousers.
  • Shell Suits: D-type suits will fit over down clothing of the same named size; F-type suits will only fit over thermals and fleece.

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).


"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).


"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

Combo package of Desert Race Halfbag and Desert Race Pullover at 15% discount.

Common Features:

  • Sheer-light 7X fabric inner and outer -- our lightest ever fabric
  • Exceptional 950 fillpower European goose down
  • Stitch-through construction to reduce weight
  • Additional (2nd) race stuff sac
  • Only available until 31st March.

 

Halfbag Features:

  • Footpiece: Ovoid shape
  • Stuff sac and storage bag supplied
  • Neck-length “sand cover” or extender to cocoon your body, arms and hands
  • Packed size 13 x 21cm*
  • Options:
    • Lengths: short, long
    • Footzip

 

Pullover Features:

  • Full width front hand-warmer pockets
  • Short lightweight front zip, pullover style
  • Drop-tail back
  • Adjustable hem
  • Small zipped security pocket
  • Elasticated side hem
  • Cuffs: Light Lycra
  • Stuff sac
  • Pack size: 10 x 18cm*
  • Option:
    • Dark Grey or Red
    • Stud on shell (fabric only) hood with Lycra edging: Adds 10grms/0.5oz +£25
    • Stud on down hood with Lycra edging: Adds 20grms/1oz +£35.00

 

* 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.

The full combination of a Desert Race Halfbag and Desert Race Pullover at a lower price.

The Half Bag

Combined with 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 Pullover

The PHD Ultra Pullover has been a favourite of racers for many seasons. Here we’ve made a super lightweight version for desert races paying particular attention to the required level of insulation for sleeping in. With the use of our new 7X (7 denier) fabric, 950 fillpower down, and stitch through construction for weight saving, the Desert Race Pullover is an exceptionally flexible piece of kit.

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.

Only available until 31st March.

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")

Standard clothing sizing chart

Weight shown is for medium (M) size.

The PHD Sizing Chart below is based on measurements without clothing, exactly the way you would buy a shirt, a sweater or a pair of trousers. A 42" (107cm) chest means that your bare chest uninflated measures 42". Inside Arm is measured from armpit to wrist-bone and Inside Leg from crutch to ankle bone. If you find that you fall between (or across) these sizings, please contact us and we will quote you for modifications needed. Modifications cannot be made to sale items, bargain box items or other products not offered at full price. And if you are supplying us with your measurements, it is always useful for us to know your height, even when you are only buying a jacket.

Size Height Chest Waist Inside arm Inside leg
XS 155-163cm
(5'1"–5'4")
86cm
(34")
71cm
(28")
46cm
(18")
69cm
(27")
S 164-170cm
(5'5"–5'7")
91cm
(36")
76cm
(30")
48cm
(19")
72cm
(28.5")
M 171-178cm
(5'7"–5'10")
99cm
(39")
84cm
(33")
51cm
(20")
76cm
(30")
L 179-186cm
(5'10"–6'1")
107cm
(42")
91cm
(36")
53cm
(21")
80cm
(31.5")
XL 187-193cm
(6'2"–6'4")
114cm
(45")
99cm
(39")
56cm
(22")
84cm
(33")
XXL 194-201cm
(6'4"–6'7")
122cm
(48")
107cm
(42")
58cm
(23")
88cm
(34.5")
XXXL 202-209cm
(6'8"–6'10")
130cm
(51")
114cm
(45")
61cm
(24")
91cm
(36")

N.B. PHD clothing is unisex and made in standard sizes S / M / L and XL, with XS available on Minimus, Sigma, Ultra, and Yukon jackets, vests and pullovers as standard, and on certain other items on request. XXL & XXXL are available for certain items on request, and so are simple modifications between sizes (e.g. Medium width combined with Large length). Please contact us for details.

Allowances:

  • Down Jackets, Pullovers, Vests, Down Suits: sized to fit over thermal underwear & fleece.
  • Down Trousers & Salopettes: sized to fit over thermal underwear &/or climbing trousers.
  • Shell Jackets: sized to go over a down jacket (e.g. Yukon Jacket). To cover thicker down clothing go up one size; to cover base layer & fleece clothing, go down one size.
  • Shell Trousers & Salopettes: sized to fit over thermal underwear &/or outdoor trousers.
  • Shell Suits: D-type suits will fit over down clothing of the same named size; F-type suits will only fit over thermals and fleece.

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).


"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).


"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).