Why We Chose The Montbell Seamless Down Hugger: Gore Infinium outer, lightweight, seamless
The Seamless Down Hugger from long running Japanese outdoor brand Montbell is an incredibly innovative evolution of a previous sleeping bag from the brand, one that had garnered a slew of positive reviews. What Montbell have done this time is they’ve ditched the classic baffle construction seen on just about every down filled sleeping bag and instead made it seamless. They’ve also added some very useful materials and design features.
Who Is The Montbell Seamless Down Hugger For?
It’s worth us pointing out early that this particular model comes at the hefty price of €649. So, with that in mind, it’s probably fair to say that Montbell aren’t targeting the casual once-a-year campers here. It’s a serious sleeping bag, made with some serious tech and for those who are serious about their high-performance gear.
“It’s super lightweight, highly water resistant (but not waterproof), totally windproof and has a lovely bit of stretch to it.”
Designed for three-season use and weighing just 541g, this should really appeal to those who are after that perfect warmth-to-weight ratio where the right balance is struck between comfort in the day, thanks to a low weight to carry, and comfort during the night. It’s the kind of item that lightweight backpackers, fastpackers, mountain runners and orienteers should really benefit from.
Materials And Construction
The main change between this new version of the sleeping bag and the original is hinted at in the name. The previous version was your classic box wall construction where the down is housed in a number of chambers that are stitched into the inside of the bag. With this model, there are no chambers and there’s no stitching (hence the seamless in the name), with the down instead prevented from moving around too much within the walls of the bag by a unique ‘Spider Baffle System’. This is essentially a web-like layer that traps down feathers, ensuring that the fill is never able to fully migrate from one area of the sleeping bag.
On top of all that (quite literally), Montbell has used Gore’s new(ish) Infinium fabric for the shell. This is basically the next gen version of their Windstopper fabric. It’s super lightweight, highly water resistant (but not waterproof), totally windproof and has a lovely bit of stretch to it. It’s top grade stuff that you only really see in the best of sleeping bags out there.