– Simply said, Western Mountaineering makes the best down-filled sleeping available. The attention to detail, the quality control, design, and a company’s intent on making only the very best, all come to your attention with the first glance at these sleeping bags. Western only uses 850+ goose down feathers. More times than not Western bags test at even a higher fill power than their advertised 850. All Western Mountaineering sleeping bags are made right here in the USA in the Western factory in Chico, California. When your are ready to buy the last sleeping bag you’ll ever need – consider no other than Western Mountaineering.
With Fall in full swing here in Steamboat Springs our only thoughts are to take full advantage of this wonderful season. We don’t want to give up backpacking or camping – especially now. The colors are peaking in the high country. The bugs are gone. High temperatures are ideal during the heat of the day (mid 60’s and low 70’s) and overnight temperatures are cold (below freezing). the perfect bag for right now is the Western Mountaineering Antelope. Rated at 5 degrees this is wonderful three season bag that can work great during the Summer as a down comforter, a cozy Fall bag as we transition to Winter, and even as a Winter hut trip bag.
Here are some features you can’t live without.
Its roomy 62″ shoulder girth allows for comfort and the 7″ loft from 26 ounces of high lofting down provides warmth to 5°. The security of this bag is sealed with a full 3-Dimensional down filled collar and a robust draft tube. While extremely weather resistant the MicroLite XP™ shell retains maximum breathability and its down filled collar is sewn with MicroLite XP™ fabric. These Antelopes take over in early spring and last through late fall. At a total weight of 2 lbs. 7 oz., they are the most substantial 3-season bag available. Sizes: 5’6″, 6’0″, 6’6″.
Here is final footnote to down sleeping bags: The synthetic guys have always said their insulation will keep you warm even when its wet. This is true but you’re not going to get any sleep if your bag is that wet. And, those same guys will never say how incredibly hard it is to get a down bag so wet it won’t insulate you. The user will have to have made a horrible mistake to get a bag so wet it won’t work for you. The shell material on the Western bags is so highly water-resistant you can pour a cup of water on the bag, watch it pool up, keep watching it for several minutes, and nothing happens… the water just sits there. It does not soak through. With a little planning and forethought – a down bag will work great for you whether you are on a 30 day trip in the Pacific Northwest or a winter ski tour through Yellowstone. Down bags cannot be beat when it comes to weight to warmth ratio and level of sleeping comfort at night.