The SWING 700 is a realistic sleeping bag for beginners for whom price is a part of the equation. But only a part, as the main issues are: durability, quality and safety. And there are few players in the sleeping bag world who know as much about these factors as Valandre.
Gear snobs might turn up their noses as soon as they read "duck down" on the spec sheet, but hold your horses: this bag is filled with 700+ fill power down from free-range ducks in the Pyrenees, who need their down to keep warm at high migration altitudes just like their long-necked cousins do. The key question when it comes to insulation quality is not whether it's from a goose or a duck, but how the animal was raised and how mature it is when the down is harvested...and ducks from the Pyrenees are tops on both counts. And as the French raise quite a lot of ducks in the Pyrenees, there is a large quantity of mature duck down on the market, and so thanks to supply and demand...you get mature down at a cheap price.
Many companies will shrink the size of their bags in order to shrink their price tags, but not Valandre. The SWING is a bag of "quite some volume". This volume offers a comfortable sleeping position, but also the possibility to layer seriously up using all your clothes, without compressing the down of the bag, if unexpected temperatures suddenly hammer down...
So, in a SWING, you can let loose, and go to sleep without worries!
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: Asahi-KASEI acrylic rip stop (42g/m²); Lining: Asahi-KASEI polyamide rip stop (35g/m²) Insulation 700+ Fill Power Duck Down Temp Rating Limit of Comfort: 5 F / -15 C; Extreme: -10 F / -22 C Length Small: 67 in / 170 cm
Medium: 72 in / 183 cm
Large: 79 in / 201 cm
Shoulder Girth 67 in / 170 cm Hip Girth 60 in / 152 cm Foot Girth 34 in / 86.4 cm Packed Size 8.5 Liters Weight 2 lbs 9 oz / 1.2 kg Stuff Sack Includes Valandre compression sack and mesh storage bag