Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 (2012)

The Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 is a light bag that compresses down very well for packing, but it still manages to be warm. Its low bulk comes from a mix of good-quality down fill and a shell made of incredibly light fabric, which at just 15 denier is the finest in our test. The bag has a two-way full-length zip with quite a small internal baffle and an effective anti-snag webbing channel. The top of the zip has a Velcro security flap and a large webbing zip pull, which is easy to find in the dark. There’s no shoulder baffle but the hood is very well-shaped and insulative with a down-filled baffle, which cinches in around your face to seal in the heat. Comfort in the Phantom is very good, the lightweight fabric making for a very soft bag, and there’s also enough room to move your arms freely. It does taper in towards your feet but the foot box itself is roomy and well-shaped. The Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 is also the only sleeping bag in our test that comes in both a men’s and women’s specific fit, so it’s worth trying if you’re female and the others don’t offer the fit you want. There are no hanging loops but the bag is supplied with compression stuffsack and a storage sack.

Weight (bag only) 662g
Size (length x shoulder width x foot width) 193x42x75cm
Packed size 14x26cm
Outer fabric Superlight 15D ripstop
Inner fabric 20D nylon taffeta Insulation 800 European goose down Construction box baffles
Comfort temperature rating +3 deg C
Lower comfort limit -2 deg C
Extreme temperature rating -18 deg C

The durability of the very light fabric might be a concern, but the Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 is the second lightest bag in the test at 662g, with a temperature rating of -2 deg C, making it ideal if weight and comfort are a priority.

Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine June 2012