Brand: Mountain Equipment
Model: Glacier 500
Overall Rating: 3.9
4 “After 49 straight days in Utah’s backcountry, this bag was in better shape than I was. Not a scratch!” says one tester, a guide. The 30-denier nylon shell showed only slight pilling after our abrasion test. (Note: All other things being equal, 30-denier nylon is about the equivalent of 40-denier polyester. )
5 Vertical chambers (better at keeping the 725-fill duck down on top of you) cover the core, and horizontal baffles (which use less material, reducing weight) wrap the legs and feet. The seven-baffle hood “fits my noggin better than any other I’ve tried,” says a tester. The water-resistant nylon shell never wet out during a rainy week of tarp- camping in Utah’s Wasatch range.
3 The sharply tapered shape (30 to 21 inches from torso to footbox) produced mixed feelings. One tester sums it up: “I was comfortable below the temp rating thanks to the narrow fit, but it felt too snug in warmer conditions.”
4 Overlapping draft tubes protect the full-length zipper and merge into the collar, creating an unbroken seal from head to toe. “Zero cold spots during nearly two months of bivvying in southwest Utah,” our tester says.
$320; 2 lbs. 9 oz.; 23°F; mountain-equipment.co.uk