We saw the new Montane sleeping bag range at OutDoor the other week, but here are some better pics of the most interesting bag in the range - due out in spring 2014 - the fully-taped, waterproof Minimus which landed a Gold Award for innovation.
We liked the way Montane approached its pack range with a fresh outlook and the brand seems to have done the same with sleeping bags. The Minimus is aimed at anyone who wants a reasonably light, highly weather resistant bag to use either alone or with a minimal tent or bivvy - that could be lightweight backpackers or alpinists.
Waterproof Taped Outer
The bag has a fully waterproof Pertex Shield + outer that's taped and bonded for a fully waterproof construction, the fill is 345g of ethically sourced 800+ fill (US) 90/10 goose down - not live plucked. non force fed - and uses fully-taped trapezoidal baffles to minimise cold spots. That fabric is rated to be impressively breathable too a 25,000 MVTR and with a 20,000mm hydrostatic head.
The half-length zip is one of the moulded plastic YKK Vislon ones that we're seeing and more on top-end technical clothing and decently water resistant in our experience and there are loads of neat touches including silicone gripper dots on the underside of the bag to stop you slipping around at night and the distinctive 'Flipper Foot' toe-box.
3D Hood And Baffles
Montane says its used its clothing experience to create a 3D-fitting bag with baffles arranged for maximum performance and touches like a 3D-shaped hood and split, colour-coded face draw-cords. Oh, it has a glow in the dark zip-pull for those frantic early-morning zip-location moments.
Overall weight is a claimed 828g - in good conditions, bear in mind that you can probably leave the binny bag behind if necessary - and ratings are 3˚C comfort, -2˚C limit of comfort and -18˚C for 'Extreme', which is the lowest temperature where you'll stay alive, but without much comfort...
Cheap At The Price?
When it's available in early 2014, it'll sell for £375, which isn't obviously cheap, but then it looks like an innovative, versatile bit of kit if you're after a combination of decent lightness and high weather protection. Pretty obviously you wouldn't want to sleep in the bag without additional protection in proper rain, but it should be ideal used with a tarp, in a more sheltered bivvy spot or in settled conditions.
And just to reiterate, not out until 2014, but worth bearing in mind if you're after a waterproof-shelled sleeping bag that's significantly more affordable than the Crux range of eVent-shelled down bags.
More about the current Montane range at www.montane.co.uk.