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Desert Race One

Desert Race One
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Quite simply, I don't think there [are better bags] on the market for warm weather stage racing.
Bryon Powell - member of 1st American team to place in top 3 of the Marathon des Sables

Desert Race One

The lightest of our Desert Race down sleeping bags for those looking to shave every gram
Typical Operating Temp:+8°C (46.4°F)
Weight:270g (10oz)
Price:£359.00

Available Options:

Length:
Width:
Zip:
Stuff sac(s):

Features

  • 15% off for one day** only (6th October 2018). Price reduced to £305.
  • Sheer-light 7X fabric inner and outer -- our lightest ever fabric
  • Exceptional 950 fillpower European goose down
  • Box-wall construction on top to maximise down loft
  • Stitch-through construction on the base to reduce weight
  • Close fitting hood fits snugly around the head*****
  • Can’t be reproduced through our 'Design Your Own Sleeping Bag' site
  • Footpiece: Ovoid shape
  • Stuff sac and storage bag supplied.
  • Packed size 13 x 21cm*
  • Options:
    • Lengths: Short, Long, Extra Long
    • Widths: Slim, Wide, Extra Wide
    • Footzip +£10 (adds 10g)
    • Additional (2nd) race stuff sac (+£12)

 

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

**On 6th October PHD customer discount cannot be applied to this item.

Description

Part of the Desert Race Collection, designed specifically for desert racing. From the legendary Saharan Marathon des Sables to the Kalahari’s KAEM, and the growing number of events in the Gobi, the Atacama, the Australian interior and all around the world, these events have their own particular set of challenges to overcome. Sweltering 40 degree (C) race days can give way to 4 degree (C) nights – that’s cold enough for frost – in which warmth, sleep and recovery play a vital part in preparation for the next day’s challenge.

A full specification sleeping bag at just 270g and designed with a Typical Operating Temperature of 8°C, the Desert Race One is developed from our hugely popular Racebag design. With the use of our new 7X (7 denier) fabric, it is one of the lightest sleeping bags in the world, with box wall construction (which helps gain maximum loft) over the top, and stitch-through construction (to reduce weight) in the base. Filled with 950 fillpower down, the Desert Race One is a serious option for racers looking to shave every gram.

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.

For one day only* — 6th October 2018 — we will be reducing the price of this bag by 15% to £305. 6th October is the Marathon des Sable Expo in London. Speakers include James Cracknell and Patrick Bauer - Race Director and founder of the MdS. We will be exhibiting our Desert Race Collection at the Expo. *On 6th October PHD customer discount cannot be applied to this item.

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.

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.

Construction

This bag has an insulating straight wall baffle system on top (no straight-through stitching). Straight wall is the lightest of all baffle sytems. In cross section it looks like this:

On the bottom stitch-through seams are used to minimise weight. More on sleeping bag construction.

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

Specific feedback on the Desert Race One

"The bag was great for the desert. Nice and light, packs down small, comfortable to sleep in. Exactly what I needed."
Chris Cooper, MdS competitor.

"I loved my PHD sleeping bag, super light and comfortable.."
Mary Anne Land, MdS competitor.

"The sleeping bag was very good. I used it as a Sleep System in conjunction with your down trousers and top."
Eric Cittanova

"Very light, comfortable down to +8C (for me), good fabric."
Arttu Liukku

"I found the bag great and wasn't cold any night and slept in my underwear all nights."
Dara Furey, MdS competitor.

"The bag performed very well in the Marathon des Sables. What I was particularly grateful for was having chosen the foot zip option. It helped me to dry my blistered feet during the night. Its light weight has helped me to finish within top 400."
Dominik Schweizer , MdS competitor.

General testimonials from PHD Customers on the Marathon des Sables using PHD sleeping bags:

"A quick note to say how impressive my PHD bag was in the Sahara on this year's Marathon des Sables. Quite simply the best piece of kit I've ever bought. Temperature with wind got below 5 Celsius and the bag handled it so well that I slept in the buff every-night! Many, many thanks."
Ben Buckle.

"I would, without a doubt, use the PHD bag again. Quite simply, I don't think there's a better bag on the market for warm weather stage racing."
Bryon Powell -- member of 1st American team to place in top 3 of the Marathon des Sables.

"The bag was great for Marathon des Sables and I was 8th overall and the best finish ever by an American (or English speaker from what I hear). Anyhow, I loved the bag and will recommend it."
Michael Wardian.

"Just to let you know that I finished the Marathon des Sables. As you know i bought your down sleeping bag, which was for sure the lightest in the whole race !!! and also during the nights i never feel cold !!! IT IS THE BEST PRODUCT I COULD EVER BOUGHT !!!! One more time ! THANKS THANKS THANKS.... YOU ARE THE BEST !!!"
Miguel Vingardi.

"I have recently returned from successful completion of Marathon des Sables. Have to say I loved my PHD sleeping bag, great design, incredibly lightweight. I hate being cold and was worried about getting a good nights sleep in the desert - my PHD was like a comfort blanket, slept well at just the right temperature. Can thoroughly recommend."
Michaela McCallum.

"Thanks again for . . . the sleeping bag and [the] help I received from your staff in picking the right bag. The PHD bag was both light and very warm - just the thing for a multi-day event with desert nights [the Marathon des Sables - ed]."
Dr Ben Edwards, Senior lecturer, Research Institute for Sport, Liverpool John Moores University.

"I have been extremely impressed with this bag especially its lightness [it] was the envy of everyone [during the Marathon des Sables]. I can can highly recommend this sleeping bag, I wish I'd had one years ago."
Mary Hawarth.

"Perfect on the colder nights of the Marathon des Sables without any base layer or liner ... it's a real plush bag and very comfortable."
Ian Corless.

"Perfect for what I needed on the Marathon des Sables. Compact, lightweight and very comfortable."
Leigh Michelmore.

"Super warm ... Fitted in my small pack perfectly and very light. I would definately recommend it to others."
Mat Needham.

"Brilliant bag, really warm and light enough. Would definately take again"
Dafydd Lewis.

Features

  • 15% off for one day** only (6th October 2018). Price reduced to £305.
  • Sheer-light 7X fabric inner and outer -- our lightest ever fabric
  • Exceptional 950 fillpower European goose down
  • Box-wall construction on top to maximise down loft
  • Stitch-through construction on the base to reduce weight
  • Close fitting hood fits snugly around the head*****
  • Can’t be reproduced through our 'Design Your Own Sleeping Bag' site
  • Footpiece: Ovoid shape
  • Stuff sac and storage bag supplied.
  • Packed size 13 x 21cm*
  • Options:
    • Lengths: Short, Long, Extra Long
    • Widths: Slim, Wide, Extra Wide
    • Footzip +£10 (adds 10g)
    • Additional (2nd) race stuff sac (+£12)

 

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

**On 6th October PHD customer discount cannot be applied to this item.

Description

Part of the Desert Race Collection, designed specifically for desert racing. From the legendary Saharan Marathon des Sables to the Kalahari’s KAEM, and the growing number of events in the Gobi, the Atacama, the Australian interior and all around the world, these events have their own particular set of challenges to overcome. Sweltering 40 degree (C) race days can give way to 4 degree (C) nights – that’s cold enough for frost – in which warmth, sleep and recovery play a vital part in preparation for the next day’s challenge.

A full specification sleeping bag at just 270g and designed with a Typical Operating Temperature of 8°C, the Desert Race One is developed from our hugely popular Racebag design. With the use of our new 7X (7 denier) fabric, it is one of the lightest sleeping bags in the world, with box wall construction (which helps gain maximum loft) over the top, and stitch-through construction (to reduce weight) in the base. Filled with 950 fillpower down, the Desert Race One is a serious option for racers looking to shave every gram.

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.

For one day only* — 6th October 2018 — we will be reducing the price of this bag by 15% to £305. 6th October is the Marathon des Sable Expo in London. Speakers include James Cracknell and Patrick Bauer - Race Director and founder of the MdS. We will be exhibiting our Desert Race Collection at the Expo. *On 6th October PHD customer discount cannot be applied to this item.

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.

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.

Construction

This bag has an insulating straight wall baffle system on top (no straight-through stitching). Straight wall is the lightest of all baffle sytems. In cross section it looks like this:

On the bottom stitch-through seams are used to minimise weight. More on sleeping bag construction.

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

Specific feedback on the Desert Race One

"The bag was great for the desert. Nice and light, packs down small, comfortable to sleep in. Exactly what I needed."
Chris Cooper, MdS competitor.

"I loved my PHD sleeping bag, super light and comfortable.."
Mary Anne Land, MdS competitor.

"The sleeping bag was very good. I used it as a Sleep System in conjunction with your down trousers and top."
Eric Cittanova

"Very light, comfortable down to +8C (for me), good fabric."
Arttu Liukku

"I found the bag great and wasn't cold any night and slept in my underwear all nights."
Dara Furey, MdS competitor.

"The bag performed very well in the Marathon des Sables. What I was particularly grateful for was having chosen the foot zip option. It helped me to dry my blistered feet during the night. Its light weight has helped me to finish within top 400."
Dominik Schweizer , MdS competitor.

General testimonials from PHD Customers on the Marathon des Sables using PHD sleeping bags:

"A quick note to say how impressive my PHD bag was in the Sahara on this year's Marathon des Sables. Quite simply the best piece of kit I've ever bought. Temperature with wind got below 5 Celsius and the bag handled it so well that I slept in the buff every-night! Many, many thanks."
Ben Buckle.

"I would, without a doubt, use the PHD bag again. Quite simply, I don't think there's a better bag on the market for warm weather stage racing."
Bryon Powell -- member of 1st American team to place in top 3 of the Marathon des Sables.

"The bag was great for Marathon des Sables and I was 8th overall and the best finish ever by an American (or English speaker from what I hear). Anyhow, I loved the bag and will recommend it."
Michael Wardian.

"Just to let you know that I finished the Marathon des Sables. As you know i bought your down sleeping bag, which was for sure the lightest in the whole race !!! and also during the nights i never feel cold !!! IT IS THE BEST PRODUCT I COULD EVER BOUGHT !!!! One more time ! THANKS THANKS THANKS.... YOU ARE THE BEST !!!"
Miguel Vingardi.

"I have recently returned from successful completion of Marathon des Sables. Have to say I loved my PHD sleeping bag, great design, incredibly lightweight. I hate being cold and was worried about getting a good nights sleep in the desert - my PHD was like a comfort blanket, slept well at just the right temperature. Can thoroughly recommend."
Michaela McCallum.

"Thanks again for . . . the sleeping bag and [the] help I received from your staff in picking the right bag. The PHD bag was both light and very warm - just the thing for a multi-day event with desert nights [the Marathon des Sables - ed]."
Dr Ben Edwards, Senior lecturer, Research Institute for Sport, Liverpool John Moores University.

"I have been extremely impressed with this bag especially its lightness [it] was the envy of everyone [during the Marathon des Sables]. I can can highly recommend this sleeping bag, I wish I'd had one years ago."
Mary Hawarth.

"Perfect on the colder nights of the Marathon des Sables without any base layer or liner ... it's a real plush bag and very comfortable."
Ian Corless.

"Perfect for what I needed on the Marathon des Sables. Compact, lightweight and very comfortable."
Leigh Michelmore.

"Super warm ... Fitted in my small pack perfectly and very light. I would definately recommend it to others."
Mat Needham.

"Brilliant bag, really warm and light enough. Would definately take again"
Dafydd Lewis.

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