Aptly named, the Mirage down sleeping bag is a regular Trompe-l'œil – a trick of the eye. Valandre has applied their unparalleled expertise in down baffle construction to create a bag that would hold its loft even if they didn't put any down inside it. But although that would work wonders for packed size, they have added 12.9 oz (365 g) of 800+ cu in (EU) goose down just to keep you comfy and on the safe side.
Made on the principles of the Shocking Blue and the La Fayette, the Mirage will set the standards in its range. This time the benchmark is 26.3 oz (773 g) total, a pack size of only 4.8 liters, and an extreme temperature rating at 1.4°F (-17°C). The lower limit of comfort is about 25oF, unless you add additional insulating layers.
Field testers have taken the super light Mirage to 14°F (-10°C) wearing a base layer of underwear and a fleece vest. Even if these are not recommended temperature ratings (metabolism, etc. should be considered), field tests have certainly underlined the extraordinary performance of the Mirage. Andrew Crow used a Mirage on the Cassin Ridge of Denali with a nighttime temperature of -10 F on the last bivy. Nice one!
The secret of this superb performance is simple: Valandre takes the best down you'll find anywhere, and combines it with their unparalled anatomical construction. There's no substitute for old-fashioned know-how!
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 Shell: Polyamide
Insulation 850+ Fill Power Goose Down Temp Rating 1.4° F / -17 ° C Length Small: 67 in / 170 cm
Medium: 72 in / 183 cm
Large: 79 in / 201 cm
Shoulder Girth 62 in / 157 cm Hip Girth 53 in / 135 cm Foot Girth 37.5 in / 95.3 cm Packed Size 4.8 Liters Weight 1 lbs 10 oz / 0.74 kg Stuff Sack Includes Valandre compression sack and mesh storage bag