I was through seeing the guys at Big Agnes and came away with this for Joycee. It’s the Roxy Ann, ladies specific down top bag. All the usual features, but wummin shaped. It’s also got a wider foot that most mummy bags. Needless to say she’s all excited and keen to get out and try it. It’s been a while since we had a camping trip together, so that’ll be magic. If lofts very well, looks like it’s a foot thick, rated to -9C.
A report will be forthcoming once we’ve had it in the field.
Also they guys are bringing in another US brand, Loki. There’s some snowsports kit in there, some technical/alpine mountain gear and some casual stuff as well. As it turns out the cotton hoody was the only thing that fitted me or hadn’t been claimed already (curses, that eVent shell looked nice…). However the hoody does have the same features that the technical pieces have, and it looks nice so it here it is. On the surface, a plain hoody as seen at shopping centres and street corners nationwide. But with the help of Mrs Sunflower below we can see the wacky additions that Loki put on their hooded garments. One is the face mask, a lycra bound fleece band that sits flat at the back of the hood and pulls easily over your face to combat that icy air apres ski or on the hill. The other feature is a pair of mitts hidden in the sleeves. It works well, really. It’s more of a novelty on the hoody, but on a technical shell jacket they’re there for a reason. On a cold belay for example you just flip them out, no faffing in your pack.
I’ll be wearing this next week to do the banking and we shall see what the tellers reaction is.