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PipeDream : 3 & 4 season lightweight down sleeping bags

Where have the sleeping bags gone?

We cannot give you a definitive answer as to when we will have sleeping bags back in stock. We do know, due to the production timescales of our sleeping bags, if we were in a position to order them today (and unfortunately we are not) they would not arrive in the UK for at least 4-6 months.

We know the frustrations in continually waiting for stock and this is in part the reason we have currently removed them from our webshop. Until we have concrete news on their delivery, please assume we do not sell sleeping bags.

Any changes to the situation will be published via Facebook, Twitter and in our own newsletter.

Jim goes in to more detail in his Develop post Getting sleeping bags back on track.

Our PipeDream range of goose down sleeping bags are made from a fabric that weighs a measly 29gm/m2 and are cut trimmer than our SkyeHigh bags to help you stay comfortable when pushing at the edge of your comfort zone. These sleeping bags are best suited for lightweight camping and travel.

Goose down fill

We identified this as the most important element of the bag right from the start. What do we mean by this? Simply that we use 95/5 750+ (European scale) fill power Chinese white goose down, the highest quality down available in China suitable for the purpose. Some companies boast higher fill powers and improved down/feather ratio's. We have found these materials do not actually have enough lofting power to lift the fabric they are stored in.

Fabric

The fabric used on the PipeDream is made by one of the largest and most respected mills in the world.

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 dew won't ruin your bags insulating properties.

Construction

We have tweaked the design of the PipeDream making it slightly wider around the shoulders. It is still a trim bag with 13 horizontal box wall baffles, a 3 baffle contoured hood and both models have a full length zip. It is a simple construction technique that we know keeps the weight low and the insulation performance high.

Shape

In the old days Arctic explorers and mountain adventurers found that if they trimmed the shape of a square shaped bag not only could they reduce the weight and pack size of the bag, but they would be warmer as well. The mummy shape is universally recognised as the shape of the modern sleeping bag. We've trimmed the PipeDreams right down to maximise weight reduction, minimise air pockets but leaving enough room so you don't have to have your arms crossed and wrapped in bandages to fit in.

Hood

The hood drawcord allows you to pull it in tight around your face and move with you during the night. The shoulder baffle's drawcord lets you pull it around your shoulders and prevent warm air from venting out into the hood.

Details

All of component parts of the PipeDream are of the highest quality, YKK zips, Duraflex buckles and accessories. Inside the sleeping bag below the shoulder baffle there is a hidden passport pocket for those trips when you need to it keep close to you. We have found this great for an iPod too, for a mellow sound track to the wilderness nights out without degradation to the battery life. This year the inners of all our PipeDreams are red and the outers are black to absorb heat from the sun, this will help drying the bag if it has got a little damp.

The best sleeping bag choice for..

Alpinisim, adventure racing, lightweight trekking, sea kayaking, cycle touring.

Feature panel

STORAGE
Each PipeDream bag comes with 3 stuff bags; a 4-way compression bag, lightweight stuff bag and a cotton storage bag.

QUALITY COMPONENTS
All of component parts of the PipeDream are of the highest quality, YKK zips, Duraflex buckles and accessories.

750 FILL POWER DOWN
We use 95/5 750+ (European scale) fill power Chinese white goose down, the highest quality down available in China suitable for the purpose.

LIGHTWEIGHT SHELL
The fabric used on the PipeDream is made by 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.

INTERNAL POCKET
Internal zippered chest pocket is handy for storing your wallet or iPod.

LIGHTWEIGHT SHELL
The fabric used on the PipeDream is made by 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.

Specification panel

PipeDream 400 600 800
Limit/ºC * -3 -10 -17
Fill weight /gr 400 600 800
Min weight /gr 750 950 1150
Compression bag1 /gr 120 120 120
Lwt stuff bag2 /gr 20 20 20
Min pack size /cm 21x20 or 24x17 23x21 or 26x18 25x22 or 29x19
External dimensions /cm 210x70 210x70 210x70

Customer feedback

Hi i bought a PD 600, it is awsome soo cozy small pack size, great. - will on 2008-10-02

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Hunka bivvy bag

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Clippers

Keep your campsite in order with some handy lightweight accessory clips, a godsend for hanging your food out of reach of hungry bears or fixing that broken belt buckle.

Buyer's guide

Even at these prices buying a sleeping bag is a big investment, make sure you know what you want with Nick's guide to buying a sleeping bag.

Shopping and delivery PipeDream sleeping bags come delivered direct from Alpkit HQ. Take advantage of next day delivery and visit the online shop from the comfort of your own armchair or wireless equiped tent. Some enterprising folk are rumoured to order even while at work!