by Jay Ham | 2005-08-12 03:00:00-06
MacPac’s Epic 150 SF sleeping bag makes an excellent addition to an adventure racer’s or ultra-lighter’s gear quiver. It allows the use of a very small tarp, or perhaps no tarp at all, without the need for a bivy. MacPac uses stitch-free welded seam construction to create the baffles and seal in the 750 FP European Goose down. This also creates a totally waterproof bag using Reflex LoftPro waterproof-breathable fabric. Reflex LoftPro is a PU coated 2-layer fabric with a claimed breathability better than PacLite.
Features are fairly sparse; and we like that. MacPac omitted a zipper and made the fit trim, so it might be a challenge to shimmy into it. The stuff sack is oddly sewn into an inside seam, but could be easily removed with scissors. There is no need for a draft tube and the collar has been omitted.
At 19 ounces and a claimed temperature rating of 35 F, the Epic 150 can easily beat the combined weight of a similarly rated down bag and lightweight bivy. Loft will likely diminish as moisture condenses on the inside of the PU coating, making this bag more suited to shorter trips and/or drier climes. We hope to receive a review sample after the show for a thorough review.
"MacPac Epic 150 SF Sleeping Bag (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)," by Jay Ham. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/macpac_epic_150_sf_orsm05.html, 2005-08-12 03:00:00-06.