What Makes a Sleeping Bag an Alpkit Sleeping Bag?
Ever since our first AlpineDream over 15 years ago, we've made only the best sleeping bags. We now have an extensive range of meticulously thought out bags for life outdoors:
|Mountain Ghost||Lightweight and packable synthetic bags that are perfect for those camping, canoe touring and backpacking kind of adventures.|
|SkyeHigh||Our most versatile bag that offers the best warmth to wallet ratio and is more than ready for anything; from high altitude trekking to round the world travel… bring it on!|
|PipeDream||The iconic Alpkit sleeping bag. Ultralight and packable with maximum warmth: peak performance for fast and light running, bikepacking and mountain scaling.|
|AlpineDream||A fusion of extreme performance and maximum value to provide the ultimate 4 season bag for Scottish and Alpine winters. our go-to technical sleeping bag for year-round use.|
|ArcticDream||Here to tackle the extremes, the harshest and most serious cold weather environments. ArcticDream is for those true expeditionary adventurers.|
Sleeping Bag Jargon Busting
- What is Hydrophobic Down? - This type of down will absorb less water and dry faster than non-hydrophobic down
- What is a DWR? – Durable Water Repellent coatings are used to prevent water from penetrating the outer fabric
- What Does ‘PFC Free’ Mean? - Any waterproofing or repellency treatments are free from poly-flourinated chemicals (AKA better for our environment)
- What is the AK Sleep Limit? - Our own no-nonsense rating that the majority of our customers will find to be the tipping point between a comfortable and restless nights sleep
- What is Fill Power (FP)? – A rating used to measure the quality of the down by how much it lofts. The higher the loft, the more air it can trap and so has greater insulating potential
- What is Fill Weight? – The weight of the down used in a sleeping bag. We use Fill Weight when naming our sleeping bags to give you an indication on how warm it’s likely to be, e.g. the PipeDream 400 uses 400g of down
- What’s the Difference Between Stitch-Through and Box-Wall Construction? – Stitch-through construction directly stitches the outer fabric to the inner to hold the down in place, whereas box-wall construction uses internal chambers to maximise space for the down to loft and reduce cold spots. Generally speaking, stitch-through sleeping bags are lighter, and box-wall sleeping bags are warmer
- What Does ‘Mummy Shape’ Mean? – The sleeping bag is tapered and narrows towards the foot end. This means there’s less air to keep warm, making you feel warmer. They’re also lighter and less bulky than their rectangular shaped cousins
- Should I Choose a Left or Right Handed Zip? – Usually if you’re right handed, a left-hand zip is easier to operate, and vice-versa if you’re left handed. Or if like to get snuggly, all our left zip bags join to their right zipped siblings for a double sleeping bag.
Inside Alpkit Sleeping Bags
We use only RDS certified down; all our down is audited by a third party to ensure that it comes from birds who are not live-plucked, force-fed, or mistreated. That’s good to know.
A water repellent treatment makes our down less susceptible to humid conditions, staying lofted for longer, keepin you warmer and prolonging the overall lifespan of your down.
Using a water repellent finish to improve performance in extreme conditions, Primaloft insulation maintains its thermal properties even when wet. It’s also easy to care for, packable, breathable, and super soft: mega!