Therm-a-Rest Alpine Down Blanket

Cross a super-warm bag and a weatherproof bivy and you get the Wraith.

Brand: Therm-a-Rest

Model: Alpine Down Blanket

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Cross a super-warm bag and a weatherproof bivy and you get the Wraith,” says one tester. “The shell on this 800-fill bag was a lifesaver,” said another after spending five weeks on Denali. “It was impervious to the rain-snow mix I subjected it to while sleeping outside my tent, but it dried quickly once I returned to shelter.” Credit Mountain Hardwear’s waterproof and windproof Dry.Q shell fabric, which employs a membrane with superior breathability. The Wraith also has a “hidden baffle” design—a mesh bag-within-the-bag acts as baffle anchor points.

This eliminates top seams (potential cold spots) in the outer shell; our tester stayed toasty down to -20°F. The bag earned praise for livability, even from a claustrophobic tester. Downsides: After 35 days of continuous use, one tester noticed a slight reduction in loft, and the zipper caught routinely on the fat draft tube. Also, it’s on the heavy—and pricey—side. $760; 4 lbs. 15 oz.; reg. and long;

Please note that the girth circumference is not a flat number, as this sleeping bag is a sleep system that goes on top of the mattress. So the width is 52 inches, and if you were to add in the 20″ mattress you’d get a circumference of 72″.

Please also note in “features” that there is an insulated draft tube, but no zipper. We checked the box anyway.

Continuing the push for at-home-like comfort of sleep systems rather than sleeping bags, the Alpine Down Blanket offers 3-season warmth at a light weight. Ideal for fast and light summer excursions into the backcountry.

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