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Backpacker Magazine – 2010 Editors' Choice/Gear Guide

Gear Review: Vaude Ice Peak 150 Summer Sleeping Bag

A down bag that packs tiny and heats up fast

by: Casey Lyons

Vaude Ice Peak 150 (BP Photo Department)
Vaude Ice Peak 150 (BP Photo Department)

Best All-Around
When a night in Alaska flirted with freezing, the 35°F Ice Peak gave our tester more warmth than looked possible from a thin bag that weighs within a PowerBar of a pound. Credit 650-fill down and a tight, body-contoured shape that’s great for thermal efficiency (but not rolling around). The lightweight, low-bulk 20-denier microfiber shell helps the bag compress down to Nalgene-size, and it’s treated with a DWR finish, which repels light moisture.

The shell is still quite breathable in mild temps. “After 10 nights with wildly fluctuating temps and humidity,” our tester reports, “I’d say that there are few bags with a wider comfort range. But don’t expect to extend the rating by wearing more clothes. I’m 5’10” with broad shoulders, and layering up compressed the fill, creating cold spots.” Bonus: A larger-than-average interior mesh pocket could hold a novel. $180; 1 lb. 2 oz.; 35°F

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Ryan
Jul 08, 2012

With 650 down fill I don't see how that's a summer bag

dawn
May 30, 2011

I bought this bag on the recommendation of BP (editor's choice 2010)...let me say this: it is rated for 0 degrees CELSIUS. I was looking for something lightweight and warm. Having used it on a few 7 - 10 day hikes on the AT earlier this year, I am hunting for another bag. At least for the before my next fall/spring trip.

things I like:
light weight and compresses down really nicely.

things I wish I knew before I bought it:
the Fahrenheit thing VS Celsius thing.

I also wish I would have tried it out at home to see if I could handle the "tight, body-contoured shape". I cannot. I move around and like to crunch into a ball when I sleep. I found this bag to be too restrictive. (btw, I'm a 5'3" woman of average size)

This bag may have been fine, later in the season, but there was quite a cold/wet spell in the Smokeys and the nights got down to the upper 20's. Bag did not get wet, (thanks to my pack cover and granite gear's "uberlight" dry sack.)

I think this is the bag for a very lanky teenager who is camping in the early/ late summer.

Alex
Jan 03, 2011

The Vaude site says this is 700g. I see a number of retailers in the us selling this. Some say it's 700g, some say 500g. Any ideas what's up? Last year vs. this year's model? I also see pictures with and without draft collars and tubes. Any help? Thank you, Alex

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