Alpkit PipeDream 600
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Similar to the PipeDream 400 in build but with 600 grams of goose down instead of 400. Consequently, it's a little heavier (1.0kg) and has a lower comfort rating (-7).
Alpkit PipeDream 600 Reviews
Reviewed by Mark Hannon (Hampshire) on 2007-04-01:
General comments: I was completely unaware of the Alpkit brand until I saw there stand at the outdoors show, I had been looking for a down sleeping bag for some time I took a look at the quality of the bag checked the tempreture rating, there are similar quality bags with weight and temp rating available for in excess of £180, the thing that made an immeadiate decsion an easy one was the price! £120 for a top sleeping bag, Having used the bag for 3 weekends on dartmoor and Brecon the bag performs very well keeping we warm with tempretures slipping around zero, The bag oozes quality, coming from Alpkit you get two stuff sacks, a very lightweight pertex bag, a conventioanl stuff sack and a cotton storage bag. The bag is marketed as a lightweight trekking bag and as such the cut is quite thin, I'm 6 ft 1 and probably about as big as you would go. That said a good all round light weight sleeping bag
Pros: Weight, Quality, Price
Cons: The cut is a bit on the small side
Reviewed by Jon Clarke (London, UK) on 2007-06-26:
General comments: I did a huge amoount of research into this sleeping bag before actually buying it, much of it deliberating between the warm-to-weight specs of the PD400 and it's bigger brother, the PD600. I'm glad I chose this (marginally) heavier version, since through dint of experience I know I'm a cold sleeper (for example, on a Himalayan trek in Jan 07, I felt cold at -1 in a down bag rated -14). Because it packs up ridiculously small, is wonderfully light, and has a full length zip, the PD600 is by far the more versatile option. I slept with it on the summit of Mt Pacnes, Crete in May (lots of snow still about), and protected from the wind, it kept me nice and warm. The fact that it's black help if there's any bivvy-induced condensation that needs to dry out next morning, tho the howling winds up there helped me with that (and almost cost me the bag, which became a giant windsock). It has a lovely soft lining, and used in warmer conditions, become a luxurious , silky duvet..
Pros: Basically, if you're after a 3-season+ down bag, this has to be it for the price - it uses the same spec lofty down (750+, 93/7) as ME/RAB equivalents that cost twice + the price, and yet it weighs the same (or even less). (Curiously, mine says it's 95/5 down on the hood label, even tho the website gives the more conservative fill power rating). Its attention to detail, albeit in a pared-down, lovingly throught-out design is commendable - I love it. Basically a high-end, top-spec product without the Big Name Label (which is fine, because it has a certain mystique about it!). Comes with a stuff sack, compression sack, AND a lofting sack. Did I forget to say how incredibly light and small is packs?
Cons: The hood, despite being improved from ver. 1 (2006), is perhaps still not as roomy as it might be; but then it's really more than adequate in practive.
Reviewed by Alpkid (Alpkit GHQ) on 2008-02-14:
General comments: Not so much of a review but more an update. First of all the bad news.. the price has increased to £125 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) and is supplied with a cotton storage bag, compression sack and lightweight stuff sack.
Reviewed by Karnickel (The World) on 2009-09-02:
General comments: Cool