All new Mountain Hardwear's Spectre SL 20 Degree 800 Fill Down bag is a totally
watertight bag. From Mountain Hardwear's top of line expedition lines, with
welded seams and a Conduit shell, the Spectre will keep you warm AND dry
down to 25F.
This is what Backpacker Magazine had to say about
the Mountain Hardwear Spectre SL 20 Degree Down 800 Fill Sleeping Bag in
- weight: 2 lb 12 oz/1.2 kg
- temp rating: 20 F/-7 C
- fill type: Down
- shape: Mummy
- fill weight: 1 lb 0 oz/454 g
- loft: 5 in/12.7 cm
- inside length: 6 ft 6 in/2 m
- shoulder girth: 5 ft 1 in/1.5 m
- foot girth: 3 ft 2 in/1 m
- stuffed diameter: 7.5 in/19 cm
- stuffed length: 1 ft 4 in/40.6 cm
- insulation: 800-fill Down
- laminate: Conduit SL
- shell fabric: SL Ripsto ...
, the paradox of down is legendary: We love the light,
fluffy, compressible warmth, but hate the soggy, wilted-lettuce misery of
wet feathers. So when Mountain Hardwear rolled out a down bag and told us
it was waterproof, we were excited-and skeptical. The first stormy night
our equipment editor spent in the Spectre, a steady downpour pounded the
bag. He admits, "It felt unnatural, like pitching a tent in your living room.
But soon enough I realized the inside of the bag was staying warm and dry,
and I went happily to sleep with the pitter-patter of rain closer than ever
before." How does the Spectre work? The shell is made with Conduit (Mountain
Hardwear's proprietary waterproof/breathable fabric), the seams are welded,
and a storm flap protects the zipper. The most significant innovation is
the welding, or gluing, technology that seals the seams and makes the Spectre
the first watertight bag that really works and has a reasonable price tag.
But don't throw out your tent just yet. The Spectre isn't really intended
for use alone in the rain (water will enter through the hood), but rather
as the ideal sack for tarps, single-wall shelters, and snow caves, where
wind-blown moisture and condensation are your big concerns. The Spectre easily
shed drizzly weather in the Smokies, and it puffed up reasonably well even
after we stuffed it wet. All testers agreed the bag's 25°F rating is
conservative, thanks to plenty of 800-fill-power down, a snug-fitting hood,
heat-trapping draft collar, and a comfortably efficient cut. (Need more warmth?
Try the 10°F Banshee SL.) Our only complaints: The membrane left us slightly
clammy in moderate temps.