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George Fisher is delighted to team up with top US company Western Mountaineering to offer readers the chance to win an UltraLite sleeping bag, worth £445.

Ever heard of Western Mountaineering? While not exactly a household name in the UK, among discerning backpackers and mountaineers this specialist US company is well known for its top-quality sleeping bags.

Owned and run by the same two northern California mountaineers for over 30 years, Western Mountaineering bags use the finest materials and meticulous design across a range of over 30 models, all made in their factory in San Jose, California.

Along with quality materials and workmanship, Western Mountaineering design sets its sleeping bags apart from all others. Hood openings are more contoured in shape, so that even at rest the sides of the hood lie closer to your face. A differential is built into its bags so that the shell fabric ‘breaks’ to create better loft across the width of the bags. All of its sleeping bags with the Full Down Collar are made with Interlocking Double Draft Tubes; when the bag is zipped, these large stoutly filled tubes rest side by side rather than on top of each other. That way, the Interlocking Draft Tubes retain their full loft without being compressed as the zipper closes. When a bag has a single draft tube it will hang from the top, so that the zip won’t inadvertently be exposed while moving inside the bag. A Dacron stiffening tape is sewn alongside each zip to prevent snags, and velcro closures are backed with fabric to prevent fraying and are placed on non-integral parts of the bag like the drawcord casing.

George Fisher is one of the few UK retailers to stock Western Mountaineering products, and we’ve teamed up with UK distributor Beyond Hope Ltd to offer one of its iconic sleeping bags, the Western Mountaineering UltraLite, worth £445.00.

A versatile 3-season design, the Ultralite includes the Full Down Collar and Interlocking Double Draft Tube features, helping to seal in heat without adding excess bulk. Light and compressible, it’s comfort rated to -2°C with a -9°C limit, available in Short, Medium and Long versions, and weighs 821g in the Medium.

Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bag Ultralite

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