New for 2013, this is Mountain Equipment’s prime bag for the winter hillwalker. In previous years this accolade has gone to the Snowline from the firm’s ‘Extreme’ range, but after years of service it has been rewarded with a waterproof shell and upgraded to a top-end expedition bag. Luckily, much like the Snowline, the new Glacier is an excellent all-rounder that offers impressive levels of insulation (a -16 deg C lower comfort limit) in an impressively light package (1635g). Crucially, it also has a water-resistant Drilite outer around a trim, comfy inner that inspires huge confidence through its quality of build. The Supersoft lining is luxurious, the hood well-sized and all-enveloping (the neck baffle is generous too), and the entire package creates a kind of ‘Tardis’ effect, compressing neatly into a petite stuffsack while feeling snug yet spacious in use. The price may be considerably higher than most here for a similar level of insulation, but its resistance to condensation and the ergonomic excellence of its design are of considerable appeal. If your budget can stretch to it and you’re looking for a genuinely superb winter bag, the Mountain Equipment Glacier 1000 is the one to go for.
Outer fabric Drilite Loft II
Inner fabric Supersoft 20
Insulation 725 fill power duck down
Compressed pack size 21x36cm
Lower comfort rating -16 deg C
The Mountain Equipment Glacier 1000 was the best all-round winter sleeping bag in our test.
Review by Dan Aspel
First published in Trail magazine March 2013