How It Performed
We’ve actually been dragging our feet shamelessly with this review because once it’s done, the bag goes back to UK distributors Beyond Hope, and we’ve got very attached to it over the last few months. The bottom line is that the Apache is very, very warm for its weight. We used it bothying in the Lakes and camping in the Peak with temperatures well below freezing and never felt the need for more insulation.
Its pack size is deceptively small – 20cm x 38cm according to Western Mountaineering – but it emerges from its bag and expands like the Stay Pufft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters. You can almost imagine the yawning down fronds stretching out arms and legs, to give a nice, puffed-up, even loft.
Climb inside and it’s hard to fault. The zip never snags thanks to the laminated baffle strip and the 3D neck collar and hood both hold more than enough down and are well shaped and easy to use when you really need to snuggle into some warmth. We like the non-stretch adjustment ribbon rather than shock cord as well.
Our medium bag was close fitting for efficiency but not excessively slim, call it ‘athletic’. If you’re carrying some extra ballast try before buying or check the Western Mountaineering site carefully for dimensions.