Valandre's Bloody Mary sleeping bag is a three-season bag with an interchangeable collar system that allows it to adapt to a range of temperatures. Its range is so wide that it's hard to peg it to a particular temperature; the EN test has it with a 20 degree lower limit of comfort, Valandre's experience says you could take it all the way down to 5F, and one experienced reviewer says it's your best bet for covering the range from 40 degrees to -10 degrees with a single bag. Pretty crazy, right?
At the heart of the Bloody Mary is an interchangeable collar system. Three different levels of thermal protection are just a zipper pull away. When the temperature is dropping fast, zip in the heaviest of the collars and feel the snug warmth that is sealed in the main body section. Meanwhile, the hood envelops your head with a perfect layer of insulation. The bag weighs 2lbs 8,4oz / 1145g in this mode.
As conditions lighten, zip out the heavy collar and put in the mid-weight collar. This collar rests gently on your neck, providing some ventilation while holding most of your warmth in the bag. The bag now weighs 2lbs 5.85oz / 1073g.
And finally, as summer is in full swing, don’t get a lighter bag, just leave the collars at home, open the main zipper for full ventilation, and voila! Welcome to the extremely flexible comfort zone. Your bag now weighs just 2lbs 4,7oz / 1040g.
If the collar system is the heart of the Bloody Mary, the French Fat Grey Goose down is the muscle. Valandré uses only down from the French Fat Grey Goose, a bird capable of migrating at 33,000 feet (10.000m) in -60°F (-50°C) temperatures for days on end. The down is harvested right before the traditional migration time, when it is fresh, clean and at its plumpest. Then, Valandré selects only the lightest down and fills each compartment with just the right amount.
The foundation of all Valandré's sleeping bags is the Tubular Bell construction method. Each Bloody Mary is made from 83 individually cut panels and baffles tailored to fit perfectly around the human body. And when these compartments are filled with the French Fat Grey Goose down, they actually lift off your body as the bag warms up.
This bag isn’t just a container for the down, it is a technological marvel with all components working in harmony to provide the best warmth-to-weight ratio in the industry with a surprising flexibility.
Please note that Valandre products ordered through GearX.com ship directly from the US distributor in Utah. So, you won't find them if you come into our Burlington store. We're bummed about that too.
- Additional Information
Material Asahi-KASEI Impact 6.6 Ripstop Polyamide Insulation 850+ Fill Power Down Temp Rating Limit of Comfort: 20° F / -10° C; Extreme: -10° F / -23 ° C Length Small: 67 in / 170 cm
Medium: 72 in / 183 cm
Large: 79 in / 201 cm
Shoulder Girth 65 in / 165 cm Hip Girth 56 in / 142 cm Foot Girth 41 in / 104 cm Packed Size 7 Liters Weight Small: 2 lbs 4.7 oz / 1.0 kg
Medium: 2 lbs 5.8 oz / 1.1 kg
Large: 2 lbs 8.4 oz / 1.1 kg
Zipper Type Full-length YKK zipper Stuff Sack Includes Valandre compression sack and mesh storage bag