- Uli Steck
First, the Bad:
It appears, in the video above (@2:56) under Uli Steck's guidance, Mountain Hardwear created a ultra-lightweight sleeping bag with no zipper. That is not the Mtn Speed 32. We can only assume that bag never made it to market due to perceived consumer demands. This in itself is not bad.
What is bad, is not product testing. The Mountain Hardwear Mtn Speed 32 a has the most dysfunctional zipper I've ever used. And, seems I didn't just get a bad egg. My best guess is someone at MH HQ freaked on the no-zip feature and there was no time to field test.
On the left: Is it possible for a zipper to get that stuck? Right: unstuck finally.
Now, the Good:
Mountain Hardwear has created the lightest, non-cottage industry, sleeping bag with an EN 32 lower-limit rating. Weight comes in as advertised at 15.7 oz.(446gr). Materials are 850-Fill Goose Down wrapped in 7D x 10D Ripstop.
It's comfortable, warm and has enough room for me to sleep in layers pushing the temperature limit further down. Fabric durability has not been an issue.
I'm a designer. I understand how great ideas are compromised into shitty products. But, know this Mountain Hardwear: You haven't blown it. Listen to Uli and Dave, put out well-tested product, and your bags will be back on the cutting edge. You guys are doing good, and frankly, it's a welcome sight to see a major player going to these lengths to create an ultra-lightweight product.
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