Two and a half years ago I got myself an Alpkit Pipedream 600 in the last ‘garage sale’ they held. £90 it cost me. Only one slight problem. It’s rated to minus 10. This is great in the middle of winter, but not so in summer. As a consiquence I have sweated my way through most backpacking trips scince.
Why would I buy such a bag in the first place, you ask? Well, it was £90. To a 16 year old with little money, a down bag weighing 950g (my previous bag was 1400g) this is a no brainer. As for the warmth, I had no experience in just how warm it would be. It’s almost always unzipped, and I tend to sleep with it ‘upside down’ so most of the down is underneath me.
I also bought it as an investment. My plans were always to progress into winter backpacking, and I felt this was a too good an oppertunity to pass up on a bag so warm.
As a result I’ve never felt I can give it a proper review, because I’m mainly using it in conditions it’s not meant to be used in.
To cut to the point in hand, I’ve saved up enough student loan to finally get myself a sleeping bag designed for use in summer (and some time either side). So, at some point in the next month or so a PHD Minimus down bag will be arriving at my door. I’ve ordered it with a full length zip; I like being able to ventalate. History has told me it’s a good option to have.
I’m already overly excited.