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Phantom 32

 
Phantom 32

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Phantom 32

Manufacturer: Mountain Hardware

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Page By: reboyles

Created/Edited: Oct 9, 2010 / Oct 9, 2010

Object ID: 7358

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Product Description

Mountain Hardwear's most popular down bag, the Phantom 32 is a really light, warm and compact two-season sleeping bag. The Phantom 32 is built to a snug mummy fit from Superlight 15 denier fabric and insulated with 800-fill down.

Premium, 800-fill down provides lightweight warmth
Performance mummy is cut snug, for maximum warmth and minimum weight
Tight 5" baffle spacing creates optimal loft
Lightweight two-way zipper for easy entry and exit
Six-chamber hood design maintains loft around head for consistent warmth
Down-filled face gasket comfortably blocks drafts at the hood opening
Insulated draft tube with anti-snag panel prevents cold spots along zipper
Comfort Footbox for maximum warmth and comfort
Single-handed drawcords simplify adjustments
Nylon mesh storage sack and stuff sack included
Updated for Spring 2010 with a full length zipper

Review

I was working on putting together a new, 3 season, lightweight backpacking/climbing outfit that would work for multi-day trips and help me achieve my goal of a total on-the-trail pack weight of 30 lbs or less. The area where I had the most room to reduce weight and bulk was my sleeping system so I started checking out the latest and greatest "ultra-light" gear on the market. In review after review from the UL crowd, I kept running across the Mountain Hardware Phantom 32 and how everyone mentioned what a great bag it was. All it took was a summer's end sale at REI (and an unspent dividend) for me to go out and justify buying a fairly expensive bag. I was immediately impressed by the fact that I could stuff this bag into a space that was smaller than a quart jar - a 4 time reduction in space from my old bag and less than half the weight. Now all I had to do was see if it would keep me warm. The first test came on our trip to Gannett Peak where we experienced temperatures in the low to mid 20s on our first couple of nights. At around 25 degrees I was close to the lower limit for this bag but it still kept me warm throughout the cold mornings. In warmer weather, I just partially unzip the bag to adjust the temp as needed and it works just fine. The Phantom 32 is referred to as a 2-season bag, but if used in a tent along with a good warm pad and by sleeping in a baselayer I can easily use this as a 3 season bag in Idaho. All-in-all, it's a pretty darn good 1.5 lb bag of goose feathers.

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