Alpkit are the kings of producing superb gear at unbeatable prices, and this they achieve by keeping minimal stock levels and selling direct to the customer via their online store. The Pipedream 800 is a well-established winter sleeping bag that is insulated with down for maximum efficiency, and therefore minimal weight and packed size. With a temperature rating of -17 deg C it is better for colder winter weather than some lower-priced synthetic alternatives. The bag has a full-length side zip with a particularly good anti-snag strip and a wide baffle to prevent cold spots in this area. There’s a good shoulder baffle too with drawcord adjustment so you can trap air inside the bag. The hood is well-shaped and again easy to adjust. If you don’t mind buying online and are prepared to wait for stock to arrive if necessary, the Alpkit Pipedream 800 is a superb option if weight and price are important.
Outer fabric Toray nylon
Inner fabric Toray nylon
Insulation 95/5 down, 750 fill power
Compressed packed size 25x22cm
Lower comfort temperature rating -17 deg C
The Alpkit Pipedream 800 is the best lightweight down bag in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2012