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Valandré La Fayette Sleeping Bag REVIEW
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Benjamin Smith
(bugbomb) - F - M

Locale: South Texas
Valandré La Fayette Sleeping Bag REVIEW on 11/14/2006 20:42:33 MST Print View

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Valandré La Fayette Sleeping Bag REVIEW

Marcel Besemer
(warmbags) - F

Locale: Worldwide
Strong point not mentioned !! on 11/16/2006 05:31:05 MST Print View

One of the strongest points of this bag is not mentioned!!
When sitting up for sorting gear, playing cards, cooking, reading etc. you can sit right up in the bag: pull the zipper up to your armpitts, pull the drawcord and with a downjacket you got a perfect bag to cook in, sit out a storm etc.

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Strong point not mentioned !! on 11/29/2006 12:57:18 MST Print View

After doing further comparisons of the Valandre La Fayette with other bags and reading Marcel's comments, I'd like to add the following:

1) I was able to tighten side zip bags (including the Valandre Mirage) effectively under the arm pits and layer with a parka nearly as well as with the La Fayette, minimizing this as a distinct advantage in my opinion.

2) I did, however, see a distinct advantage to the La Fayette when wearing the hood. I was able to sit up in the bag, leave on the hood, unzip the front zip, and slide my hands out for taking care of tasks in the tent without removing the bag (or the hood). This is a real advantage of the center zip design and allows the user to stay much warmer when working in a tent than sliding the bag down.

If you decide to melt snow or cook while using this method, be careful not to get the bag wet! The Microlight fabric (tested) is not very water resistant. However, the fabric used in the newer version will shed water much better and will thus survive a spill more easily.

Thanks for the comments Marcel- and pointing out this advantage that I had overlooked.

Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Valandré La Fayette Sleeping Bag REVIEW on 11/29/2006 13:07:26 MST Print View

In my review of the La Fayette I stated:
"It also offers the most efficient, well designed hood/collar combination I’ve seen. However, when you consider that the Western Mountaineering Versalite Super offers similar loft, is several ounces lighter, and costs over $100 less, it’s tough to recommend the La Fayette as a great value."

As Valandre pointed out (and I agree), this was possibly not the best comparison and here's why:

-These bags are different styles (front zip- La Fayette, side zip- Versalite Super
-The temperature rating is different (5 deg- La Fayette, 10 deg- Versalite Super)
-The shaped of the insulated neckcollar and hood of the La Fayette is more sophisticated (as pointed out in the review)
-The fabrics are different (The La Fayette has Asahi KASEI fabrics that are more water resistant

Please keep this in mind when comparing these two bags- price and weight are not the only considerations that should be made.

Thank you-
Doug Johnson