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Alpine Down Hugger 800 Thermal Sheet


Updated 10/28/16 (EST)

NYARA Team Captain Olof Hedberg

Reviewed October 2016

New York Adventure Racing Association (“NYARA”) is the largest adventure racing club in the U.S. In addition to producing several adventure races each year, NYARA is a team comprised of experienced multi-sport athletes who compete locally, nationally and internationally.

Team Captain Olof Hedberg has this to say about the Alpine Down Hugger 800 Thermal Sheet, "I have had the opportunity to race with the Alpine Down Hugger 800 Thermal Sheet from Montbell for almost 18 months now and I think I have reached the point of use where I can write a review of why I think this is the best off-the-shelf solution for adventure racing as well as a fantastic sleeping bag for your camping, hiking and bike packing trips."

from Team NYARA Blog

Trailer Runner: 5 Fastpacking Essentials

Reviewed on January 06, 2015

One of the trickiest aspects of preparing for a few nights in the backcountry is figuring out which (if any) sleeping bag to use. Mountain temps and weather can fluctuate quickly and unpredictably, so it’s always a bit of a guessing game.

For fastpackers who want to sacrifice neither warmth nor pack space, the Down Hugger 800 is one of the lightest bags out there right now, at only 15.1 ounces. Designed as a climber’s bivouac bag, the Down Hugger packs down to the size of a 24-ounce water bottle and contains enough goose down to keep you warm on 50-degree nights. The “spiral stretch system,” a special way of weaving the fabric, makes the Down Hugger more fluid than a standard sleeping bag: as you move, it draws the insulation closer to your body, eliminating dead spaces. This feature allowed me to change positions (I’m a restless sleeper) during the night without feeling constricted or suddenly cold.

Pro tip: Obviously, nights in the high country often dip below 50 degrees, so this bag may need to be paired with a down jacket and pants to create a “sleeping system.” (I prefer this approach anyway, because I’m able to move around camp comfortably in the cooler evenings and mornings.)

from Trail Runner

Montbell Alpine Down Hugger 800 Thermal Sheet

Review Date: May 2014

Only an advanced case of the go-light ethic could lead to a bag rated to just 50 degrees. But the theory here is that you'd layer on outerwear to create an ad hoc sleep system. Unsurprisingly, the Thermal Sheet is a bit snug for the full figured. But any sleeping bag that occupies less space than a large burrito is a friend of mine.

Swami gripe: It looks like a big platic garbage bag, and not everyone is going to think that's as cool as I do.

Swami like: Keep one in the glove compartment?

from Mountain Magazine