Made for ‘Himalayan climbing from 6000 to high-7000 metre peaks’, the Crux Torpedo 900 is a truly high-spec piece of kit. Not that it’s exclusively for use just below the death zone; its high level of waterproofing (via a tough 2-layer eVent outer) makes it ideal for more extreme British activities, such as snowholing or bivvying where high levels of moisture could prove threatening. It feels utterly engulfing from within, with a voluminous hood and relatively tight fit around the feet that trap heat extremely effectively. The shoulder baffle and hood drawcord are easy to use and provide a real feeling of security between you and the cold. The elephant in the room is that at £800 it’s much more expensive than the other bags on test (and some cars). This can be a bit difficult to swallow if you consider the bag’s surprisingly basic and unattractive zips and expedition-style design that doesn’t equal the Mountain Equipment Glacier 1000 or Rab Ascent 900 for comfort. These very minor gripes aside, if you need an all-conditions bag capable of handling the world’s extreme environments, the Crux Torpedo 900 should prove a worthy investment.
Outer fabric 2-layer eVent with 40 denier nylon face
Inner fabric 15 denier soft-touch nylon
Insulation 850 fill Polish goose down
Compressed pack size 21x30cm
Lower comfort rating -18 deg C
The Crux Torpedo 900 was the best waterproof down sleeping bag in our test.
Review by Dan Aspel
First published in Trail magazine March 2013