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Yukon Arctic Ultra

Yukon Arctic Ultra

The Yukon Arctic Ultra race travels the routes of the gold rush era of the mid 1800s, which were first connected by the 1984 Yukon Quest dog sled race. Gold miners, trappers, and mail carriers first opened up these routes back in the day before snowmobiles, airplanes, or roads. The race runs on marked packed snow; but these are rarely travelled trails and the reality can be soft snow travel. The competitors race on cross-country skis, mountain bikes, and on foot, over distances of 100, 300, and 430 miles.

Down Sleeping Bag Selection

In a race of this nature the sleeping bag is a complete backup/survival system should conditions or energy levels deteriorate, so a bag's warmth--as well as weight--is vital. We recommend the Hispar 1000 and the Xero 1000 down sleeping bags. The Hispar is top of its class for lightness. The Xero is a bigger bag that will accommodate you whilst you are wearing expedition down clothing. The Xero sleeping bag has a down-filled gusset behind the half-length zip, and also has water-resistant fabric at the head and feet area. A third option is to consider the Xero 1000 filled with PHD’s superb 950 down which raises the Typical Operating Temperature (TOT) to –42C.

The basic figures for the standard models:

S-bagTOT (Min Temp)WeightPacked size
Hght x Diam (cm)
Price
£
CFgmoz
Hispar 1000-46-5115205427 x 49707
Xero 1000-38-3618606625 x 44637

Additional points:

  1. TEMPERATURE RATING: Put simply these are the temperatures at which you should be able to get a night's sleep in normal circumstances. For fuller details about the TOT rating see this Technical Briefing.
  2. LINERS: To maintain your sleeping bag's performance a Vapour Barrier Liner (VBL) should be considered.
  3. CLOTHING: Down clothing is an excellent way to improve insulation by layering up while asleep. The Yukon Jacket or the Hispar Jacket are both ideal lightweight items to sleep in.
  4. DOWN OPTIONS: The Xero 1000 sleeping bags can also be filled with 950 fill power down (European scale). The same amount of down is put in but the TOT increases significantly.
  5. ZIPS: Full-length zips extend the use of these bags at different temperatures and altitudes. The full-length zip on the Xero bag has double down-filled baffles, replacing the down-filled gusset on the half-length zipped version.
  6. PACKED SIZE: PHD stuff sacs tend to be on the loose side. All these bags can be compressed further in your sac.

Figures for Down options:

S-bagTOT (Min Temp)WeightPacked size
Hght x Diam (cm)
Price
(£)
CFgmoz
Xero 1000 (950 down)-42-4418606625 x 44728

Down Clothing selection

The two down jackets of real interest for the Yukon Arctic Ultra are the Yukon Jacket and the Hispar Jacket. Both are ultra lightweight. The Yukon is specifically designed for racers moving light. The Svalbard Jacket from our Design-Your-Own clothing website is also worth considering. The Svalbard can be customised as a very light racing Jacket.

Other items to consider for your kit list are our Xero Mitts and Omega Mitts. The Xero mitts are very light, the Omegas more durable and taped for waterproofing. Likewise the Xero boots and Omega boots are extremely lightweight and useful at overnight stops. Minimus down trousers and Kappa trousers will add considerably to insulation at night time.

ClothingTOT (Min Temp)WeightPacked size
Hght x Diam (cm)
Price
£
CFgmoz
Hispar Jacket-25-137102520 x 34468
Yukon Jacket-1554401617 x 28287
Yukon Pullover-1554151517 x 28282
Svalbard Jacket-25-136502317 x 28from: 400
Omega Mitts  240813 x 21124
Omega Boots  240813 x 21119
Xero Mitts  180610 x 18115
Minimus Trousers-523230810 x 18177
Kappa Trousers-10144751717 x 28190
VBL  2801010 x 1861

The next Yukon Arctic Ultra takes place 8th - 21st February, 2015.

http://www.arcticultra.de/en/