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Western Mountaineering Versalite Super

in Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other

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4.33 / 5 (3 reviews)

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Mark Verber
( verber )

San Francisco Bay Area
Western Mountaineering Versalite Super on 01/06/2007 22:37:12 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

WM makes very high quality down sleeping bags. The Versalite Super is my winter sleeping bag, mostly used in the sierras when the temperatures are between -10F and 30F. Light and warm sleeping bag with a great hood, the right dimensions for me, and a zipper that doesn't jam. No side baffles so you can shift the down around to control how much insulation is on top. I have always been amazing how quickly WM bags puff up and how I never get cold spots. DWR on the shell is pretty good.

Price comparison from GearBuyer: Western Mountaineering VersaLite priced at: $424.95 - $494.95
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Ronald Cordell
( roncordell )

San Francisco Bay Area
Great winter bag on 02/07/2007 09:02:04 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I bought this bag to use on winter trips where it might get down to 0 degF. It has performed flawlessly, is very comfortable for me, and lofts extremely well. I have spent some very cozy nights in frigid temperatures with this bag.

NW Hiker
( king2005ify - M )
Great bag, but FF is better on 05/18/2011 14:51:42 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

I have used this bag on a number of trips, and have found the following:
Positives - Looks nice, compresses nicely, zippers slide excellent
Negatives - Pertex fabric is cold/clammy when chilly. Pertex fabric is very thin (see through), and retains body oils excessively. This tends to make bag look stained, and smelly with only a few uses. Bag sleeps colder than rating. I had it down many nights into the low 30's and 20's, and bag was very chilly with noticeable cold spots. Weight on my Reg size was 3 oz heavier than advertised.

Summary - I have since purchased a Epic fabric Feathered Friends bag (actually 2 now), and can tell you the FF is superior. My 20 degree bag sleeps warmer than this 10 degree bag, "feels" better, fits better, and to be honest doesn't seem mass-produced like WM has now become.

I know there are tons of rave reviews of WM...I think that is just because they have not slept in a FF yet : )

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