Half-bags are back, and bang up-to-date
Half-bags (Pied d'elephant to oldies) are coming back. They've been out of fashion for a few 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 new 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.
|Half Bag||Temp Rating (Camp)||Temp Rating (Bivvy)||Weight (Grams)||Price|
|Wafer Half Bag||10°C||5°C to 0°C||165||£218.00|
|Alpine Ultra||3°C||-10°C or lower||250||£226.00|
|Hispar Half Bag||-7°C||-15°C and -25°||350||£279.00|
|Xero Half Bag||-30°C||Down to -40°C||725||£383.00|
|Desert Race Half Bag||3°C||n/a||240||£278.00|
|Zeta Half Bag||10°C||Down to 5°C||395||£222.00|