(the morning sun waking up the test person)
As those who have read my Holland Kustpad- expedition story knows, I was freaking close to become a frozen Finn. Well nothing dead serious but it wasn’t nice to suffer from too light sleeping bag. So that has been my number one gear improvement since then, and for few months now I’ve been a proud owner of a British made Rab Alpine 400.
A WORD OF WARNING: This might be the most lame gear review ever since I tested the bag at my very own porch:)
I thought a nice three season bag would fill my needs and having that idea I began searching. The usual bags I found from Finnish outdoor stores did not really satisfy me so in the end I had two options found from internet, this Rab and Ultralite by Western Mountaineering. Thanks to Hendrik from Hiking in Finland, I’ve been aware of Rab products. And lucky me, one special store in Helsinki actually had this bag in their stock so I marched to Camu. The bag felt awesome and it came with a good special offer price tag back then and deal was made in no time.
The Rab website gives you the detailed product info of Rab Alpine 400 but here are the highlights:
Comfort 0°C, limit -6°C and extreme -23°C
Weight 930 g
Fill power 800 90/10 goose down
It was love at the first touch I would say, the Pertex fabrics were silky soft and super comfortable. I never have had a real down bag before so can’t compare that much but when I was inside the bag for the first time and closed the zipper it felt like in heaven surrounded by the softest cotton clouds. Or something similar…
The materials feel well made and the zippers too. You can feel the quality though I was able to broke one of the tightening straps of that compression sac. The sleeping bag itself has 3/4 main zip so it should work well as a summer blanket too. There’s a small handy pocket inside the bag for your keys or phone.
So for neighbours delight I spent the other night sleeping in our porch. I thought to test how warm it feels since the night temperatures are still drobbing close to zero. In the end it was +3 or +4°C during that night. I was quite unsure what to wear so I started with full long underwears, fleece and a hat. Soon I realized that the long neck under shirt was enough, that warm it was! The nigh went okay though a bit hard the floor and the birds woke me up around six for the first time.
Maybe the Alpine 200 model would have been enough for my needs but the coming trips will eventually show that. So far I’m pleased with this one, it also fits nicely in my Osprey Exos 58, sideways to the bottom.
(the bag comes with a nice storage sac)
Two weeks until the Cleveland Way-expedition and our tent has already travelled to UK:) My idea was to go only with the carry-on baggage (my backpack) there since without the tent I should be able to take everything with me inside of the plane. No sharp objects, no weapons, no liquids and the backpack should meet the size restrictions of Easyjet. I’ll buy the gas and food in UK then. But when coming back I guess I have to check in the backpack because of the tent poles&stakes. I have got a bit mixed information about that, the aviation security said should be okay, Easyjet wasn’t quite that sure… does someone have experiences?