Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Swallow
Manufacturer Feathered Friends
Page By mrolph
Page Type Jun 5, 2002 / Jun 5, 2002
Object ID 350
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At only 31 ounces total weight, the Swallow can keep you as warm as other down bags weighing 50% more. High thread count nylon and 750+ fill down make this possible. We omit the side block baffle so that you can redistribute down to match conditions. We don't skimp on details. A plump draft tube, contoured hood, and more room at the hips and knees distinguish the Swallow from other three season bags. One of our most popular bags, it has been setting industry standards for years. The 1.1 ounce ripstop nylon will save about 3 ounces of total weight.

Swallow Specs

Rating: 20°F -7°C

Loft: 5"

Inside Girth: 60"/56"/38" (shoulder/hip/foot)

Length:* Regular Long

Fill wt: 16.3 oz 17.5 oz

Nylon: $270 $285

Weight: 33 oz 35 oz

EPIC by Nextec $320 $335

Weight: 34 oz 36 oz

PTFE-Lite: $355 $370

Weight: 35 oz 37 oz

*Available in Short and XL sizes


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mrolph - Jun 5, 2002 7:00 pm - Voted 5/5

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Wonderfull bag for 3 season trips. I use mine mostly for Sierra backcountry trips. I like the combination of low weight, compressability and comfort.

The 20 deg. temperature rating is pretty accurate for me. I've used mine in the open down to about 25 deg F and inside a bivy sack down to about 10 deg F.

I have the PTFE-Lite version which works well for protection against dew, frost, and condensation. The PTFE is probably less desirable for colder temp bags.

The zipper does not extend across the foot of the bag which could make it difficult to use it as a blanket.

Feathered Friends bags are not cheap, but there is no compromise on performance, materials or construction. I've had mine for 4 years and wouldn't think of trading it. When I buy a warmer bag, It'll be another Feathered Friends.

Kerstin - Oct 14, 2007 10:12 pm - Voted 5/5

A great sleeping bag
I purchased a Feathered Friends Swallow for my husband's birthday a few years ago. He loves it. I borrowed it for a week-long trip into a remote Sierra basin last July. The bag is lightweight, comfortable, wind and water-resistant and packs down to a small size. I slept very well.

My husband spent an uncomfortable night in a condensation-soaked Megamid with this sleeping bag. Water dripped all night long from the tent walls but he never felt any water coming all the way through the bag. In the morning, the down seemed to be dry, though the Epic fabric was soaked. The fabric dried out very quickly in the sun.

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