I’m doing some shelter testing in the new year, and as some of that will be tarps I though it would be a good idea to look at sleeping bags that would suit the exposure to the wet that is going to be unavoidable. So after a quick look around I had a very shortlist of models, and in for test is Crux’s Torpedo 700.
- It’s a down bag, but it’s waterproof. Oh there’s been endless debate about that, but I’ll having nothing to add until I’ve spend a few night in the Torpedo. The spec and the fit it all I have to go on right now.
I’ve got a medium with a left zip, and at a baw hair under six foot, it’s a nice snug fit on me. It’s plush feeling too, nice thick baffles all around you and the light nylon lining fabric is lovely against the skin. The other fabric that shrouds the outside is 2-layer eVent, as we all know the most breathable membrane out there. It’s doesn’t affect the feel of the bag, there’s no cardboard box feeling at all, it’s still nicely pliable. It’ll affect the pack size of course, but I won’t need a bivy bag or sleeping bag cover when I’m tarping (snow-holing, igloo camping?), so it’s not an issue.
There’s 700g of 850+ fill down in there, and they giving a, EN13537 temperature rating of -4°C comfort and -11°C limit. For that amount of down in there, I can’t help but feel that’s a high sounding, but I’ll find out how it feels in the minus figures shortly.
The baffles change form all over the bag, a lot of thought’s gone into this. Vertical over the chest, V-shaped at the side, horizontal and slant-box elsewhere, and unusually for me a big fat shoulder baffle.
The zip’s a water resistant RiRi, I love these, big fat teeth, and feel like they’re proud to be zips. They work well too, and are easier to operate than the more familiar YKK hidden-tooth types.
- The detailing includes a footbox with that toe thing where the top is longer that the bottom for folk who lie on their backs. It’s nicely done, I’ll have to try and sleep on my back to try it out. There’s a velcro tab at the top of the zip to keep it secure and a drawcord on the neck baffle with a captured cord-lock.
I know I got the Torpedo in for a reason, but it’s actually a very nice bag in itself, well-shaped with a great hood and it feels warm, so it’ll get used as change from the regular once I know just how warm it is. The outer doesn’t compress the down, it’s been too well put together for that, how it’ll fare with wear and tear, time will tell.
The black with red lining looks like my old leather jacket from my younger days you know. Nice.