M PHD Minim 400 Sleeping Bag Review
by Janet Reichl
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A good way for some women to save weight on a sleeping bag is to purchase a size Short, which usually fits a person up to 5 feet 6 inches. However, only a few manufacturers of ultralight sleeping bags offer a size Short; PHD Mountain Software, a small company in Stalybridge UK, is one of them. Being a small company that manufacturers their bags themselves, PHD (which stands for Peter Hutchinson Designs) offers customers a variety of options (at extra cost).
I don't need a sleeping bag with a lot of features. I just want to be WARM. So the basic zipperless hooded Minim 400 suits me just fine. To further reduce weight, I opted for their MX Microfiber shell fabric, which is their lightest (comes in black rather than red). I chose and tested a size Short (I'm 5 feet 2 inches) hooded and zipperless down sleeping bag rated at 23 F with a measured weight of just 22 ounces. I'm very pleased with the Minim 400's weight and performance, as I report in this review.
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