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The PipeDream sleeping bags are Alpkit's new lightweight range. They utilise goose down coupled with a Pertex Quantum outer. Compared to the AlpineDream 500, this bag is 33% lighter (800 grams), packs down a lot smaller (21 x 15cm) and still has a comfort rating of -3 degrees. It's worth noting that the PipeDream bags are slightly narrower (by 13cm or 15%) than the older AlpineDream range.

Alpkit PipeDream 400

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  Reviewed by Michael Read (Andover) on 2006-08-01:
General comments: I was just about to order a Rab quantum 400 sleeping bag when I came across an advert on Outdoors Magic showing a Quantum / 400g Goose Down sleeping bag for 100. Initially sceptical (It was less than half the cost of the Rab bag) I check out the Alpkit site and was impressed with what I saw. Always one for a bargain I ordered it up (Inc. free P&P !!) and it arrived the day after next. Hows is that for service. It comes with three sacs, a large cotton storage sac, pertex stuff scak and compression sac included in the cost. when out of the bag the bag lofted well and felt like every bit of its 700 fill rating. The consruction was of good quality (once I had got used to the zip and eing careful not to trap the fabric in the zip mechanism). In use the bag is slim cut which works well for me but perhapes not for others. I have never been a fan of the feel of quantum against my skin or the hastle of was a down sleeping bag and I therefore invested in a silk liner. The bag was easily warm enough for my spring to autumn camping (I go inside in Winter) and I feel the temperature guide at least for me was accurate. The hood and baffle as the website states are areas for improvemnt, but are still very useable. Alpkit have at the moment stopped selling the Pipedream due to manufacturing problems, but if it becomes avaliable again I would thoroughly recommened it.

Pros: Cost, Quality of down, Genuine Quantum fabric, Low weight.

Cons: Hood design Not currently avaliable

  Reviewed by Alpkid (Alpkit GHQ) on 2008-02-14:
General comments: As per my update to the PD600 I just wanted to make sure the information was current. First of all the bad news.. the price has increased to 105 since this review was published, however that has not effected the fantastic performance of the bag! We still have the 95/5 750+ (EU) fill power white goose down fill but we have changed the shell fabric. We cannot get supplied by pertex so we have chosen an 'unbranded' fabric from 'Toray', one of the largest and most respected mills in Japan. It weights a measly 29gm/m2 yet the weave is down proof. We have not used a cheaper polyester fabric for the lining of the bag, the same lightweight nylon continues throughout the construction of the bag. The fabric also has a DWR coating meaning the odd drip from tent condensation or an early morning due won't ruin your bags insulating properties. The shape of the hood has also changed, it is a little more conventional now so you do not need to have an Alpkit shaped head. Each bag comes in a left and right hand zip option (YKK of course). The zip is now also full length.. so no more unbearably hot feet in summer! The PD400 is supplied with a cotton storage bag, compression sack and lightweight stuff sack. An interesting development this year for lightweight camping freaks is the PD200, a true half bag that should be used in combination with a down jacket!

  Reviewed by Dafydd Prichard (Leicester) on 2008-07-05:
General comments: I bought this bag to do the LAMM (Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon) in June. My criteria were: Lightweight - sub 800 g Down - in order to compress sufficiently Warmth - needed to be warm enough for spring/autumn use I had originally looked at options from Rab, Mountain Equipment, Marmot, The North Face and so on who all produce a simliar spec bag (750 fill) but charged significantly more (up to double). The result? I'm impressed - Alpkit a rean excellent company to deal with (next day delivery, P&P inclusive, etc) . The bag itself is excellent. It comes with three storage bags - a large cotton storage bag; a general stuff sack; and a compression bag (who's use should be kept to a minimum). As for the sleeping bag itself, well I really like it. Although Alpkit have been (allegedly) refused use of Pertex following pressure from rival manufacturers, the alternative they've used is very similar (I have a GoLite bag that used Pertex to compare with). The down plumes up very well, giving the bag a light airy feel from the outset. As for comfort, well I've only used the bag on a warm night in June so it's difficult to say how (relatively) warm it would be on a colder evening, but under the circumstances it was excellent. As previously mentioned, it is a tight fit, but frankly that's the price of weight reduction.

Pros: Warmth lightweight (relatively) Customer service

Cons: fabric feels a bit clammy (especially in summer); not the absolute lightest option around; could ditch the MP3 player pocket

  Reviewed by Andrew Munro (Durham) on 2008-08-05:
General comments: I already had an Alpkit wee airic and indigo head torch when I bought this sleeping bag so was already assured that their low prices didnt signal any compromise on quality. Needless to say the pipedream 400 lives up to the Alpkit reputation. The model I own ses the pertex quantum fabric though this has now been replaced with an equally good lightweight Toray downproof fabric. The box wall construction seems to be efficient as the bag is lightweight, good value and very warm. In fact i have used this in late march and was perfectly comfortable. If anything at times it can be a little warm for summer camping-on a recent hike i slept near it rather than in it. The zip and neck baffles are well designed and i have never suffered from cold spots. The hood design isnt perfect but it does function & is only needed in the coldest weather anyhow. The weight is a respectable 800g or so which is good for what is effectively a 3 season bag(for me anyway). The down filling gives it a nice small packsize and if cared for will last a long time; however it does leave it at risk from water so i tend to pack it straight into a drybag for peace of mind rather than one of the two excellent stuff sacks provided(one with compression straps & one in pertex for SUL). A nice touch is a valubles pocket that zips up on the inside chest and the large cotton stuff sack provided to store the bag unsompressed in. finally it arrives with free 1st class delivery and great customer service(for example when the evil postie fails to deliver and doesnt even give you a card they help you track your alpgoods down) and all this for 110quid. why wouldn't you?

Pros: lightweight, good value, well designed, quality product, free delivery

Cons: a little bit too warm?(but unzips so you can use it as a cool blanket)


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