Apr 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm #1288353
Casey BowdenBPL Member
@clbowdenLocale: Berkeley Hills
It is my opinion that the Mont-bell UL SS #3 would be a perfect bag if it had a few more ounces of down. If you concur, please add to the thread. After some time has passed I'll forward the thread to Mont-bell.
Thanks in Advance
CaseyApr 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm #1864102
I think they already did this in the 2012 modelsApr 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm #1864103
It looks like they added 1 oz and there prices are really getting up thereApr 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm #1864114
Gary RozancBPL Member
Yeah, I just got one and was very disappointed that I was cold with temperatures only in the low 40s! I thought the same thing, seemed like very little down.Apr 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm #1864124
@gregfLocale: Canadian Rockies
Which version are you refering to. I have the Spiral down (Non-strech) and it is perfect down to its rated temperatures. I have heard people haveing some issues with the Stretch versions being cooler due to down compression.
I think that shifting down quickly to the top of the bag before sleeping is important on all of these UL 30 degree bags.Apr 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm #1864144
Then it wouldnt be UL anymore.Apr 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm #1864154
Travis LeannaBPL Member
I agree with Greg about down shifting. Take a bit of time to mush the down back on top of you. It likes to fall along the sides which decreases the bag's efficiency.Apr 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm #1864167
Casey – this was my experience as well and I have discussed it in several threads. Lovely stretch but skimpy on the down!Apr 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm #1864168
Ben 2 WorldBPL Member
@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
Have you weighed your bag? How does it compare to the spec weight? The "paper thin" shell / lining won't vary too much in weight. If your bag weigh comes within spec, then you have nothing to worry about. But if your bag weight comes noticeably below — then you should contact MontBell for exchange.
When I first got my MB #3, it looked and felt so skimpy that I had a lot of doubts about bringing it untested to Wind Rivers. However, actual weight was the same as spec. I ended up bringing the bag, but also brought an extra insulation layer "just in case". To my pleasant surprise, the bag's 32F rating was spot on! Temps were slightly below freezing (we had frost coating on our tents) but I felt comfy throughout — wearing only silk long johns.Apr 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm #1864179
I had a UL spiral 30 (not SS) it kept me warm below the rating but I did notice lack of down in some baffles I think some of the baffles were over stuffed and some under stuffed. It weighted 1 oz over spec 20 oz for a reg length. I think more even stuffing would help but another oz or two of down would really improve the bag alsoApr 6, 2012 at 9:30 am #1864366
Dear Mont-bell, Please put more down in everything.Apr 6, 2012 at 11:16 am #1864399
@lopezLocale: San Gabriel Valley
My SS #3 wasn't warm enough for 30f, at least for me.
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