" With Western Mountaineering, one of the most respected bag makers taking a wait and see approach, that sealed the deal for me. "
the deal is, that when i called WM and asked them why the cord locks for the draft collar still hang down my nose, and suggested that the smart place to put them is over by the zipper, they could Not have been less interested in improving their sleeping bags. sort of like how military's of the world sometimes get locked in a pathetic inability to change plans, and send everybody off to die, instead of fixing the problems staring them in the face.
seen new bags from WM lately ?
seen a proper half zip from WM ?
because WM management is stuck, has failed to embrace change, and is culturally unable to move forward.
do i run WM bags ? sure. and they are excellent.
but excellent does in No Way Shape Or Form mean "can not be improved".
i would suspect WM is like a lot of america, in that after a period of successful effort, things got too easy, and they (we) backed off, thinking (quite wrongly) that the rewards of effort would somehow last interminably.
just my op on down coatings.