Preposterously small (about the size of a Nalgene bottle) when packed due to its intended use in mountain marathons, on first look the OMM Mountain Raid raises quiet alarms as well as eyebrows. More worrying is that the bag isn’t temperature-rated. Its makers claim it is ‘designed for use in the last weekend in October in the UK by experienced users’, which basically means minimalists and masochists will survive the OMM if they use it. So what’s it like? Depends on your point of view. This bag appears to place packed size over insulation and features, as it is aimed at the mountain marathon market. Therefore it is by definition going to be a stripped-down racecar of a bag for folks who are no strangers to – indeed, revel in – discomfort. It has a ¼ length zip that you need to pull from the outside, which makes getting in and out a fiddle; has little space for manoeuvre inside (if you have large feet, ensure you try before you buy); and, predictably, isn’t that warm at all in comparison to the others here. The OMM Mountain Raid’s good points are a basic level of protection, damp-resistant Primaloft One synthetic insulation, price and that astonishing packed size.
Weight (with stuffsack) 394g (402g)
Packed size 20x11.5cm
Outer fabric Pertex Quantum
Inner fabric Pertex Quantum
Insulation Primaloft One
Construction stitched inner, loose-laid outer
Lower comfort limit not defined
Extreme temp rating not defined
If it’s comfort you’re after, look elsewhere. If survival is all that matters and you’re used to lean living, the OMM Mountain Raid might do the job.
Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine August 2013