ALPS Mountaineering Cliffside Sleeping Bag - Long - Special Buy Specs
20 degrees Fahrenheit
-7 degrees Celsius
2 lbs. 9 oz.
700-fill duck down
EN lower limit (rating for men)
EN comfort (rating for women)
Temperature rating (F)
Temperature rating (C)
Weight - metric
Sleeping bag shape
Fits up to (in.)
Shoulder girth (in.)
Hip girth (in.)
Stuff sack size
Stuff sack volume
ALPS Mountaineering Cliffside Sleeping Bag - Long - Special Buy
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Rated 3.5/5 based on 2 reviews
Rated 2out of5
by BonzfromNot the bag represented...1) I bought this bag based on the REI specs recommendation that it "fits up to 86 inches". I am a tall 83", weigh 270 lb and I was almost as long as the bag itself from tip to tail. Unfortunately no way this bag will work.
Ordered on-line, and was really excited to pick the bag up at my local REI store and it was a let down. Glad I tried the bag in the store.
2) The bag itself did not look to be lofting up as would be expected once out of the packing box, and the store sales folks chimed in that because it did not have an EN rating, it is somewhat of a pot luck as to whether the bag will be as warm as advertised. With the lackluster loft I would tend to believe them based on appearance.
3). My back-up plan was the REI Radiant 19 Plus "Long and Wide", having tried one in the store previously. This bag has plenty of length for my lengthiness, and the width to move around easily or cinch up to be nice and snug. The folks at REI were very helpful and shortly afterward I left the store with the Radiant.
The Radiant 19 Plus "Long and Wide" just looks and feels like a better quality bag vs the ALPS Cliffside Long, and even if the Cliffside had fit, I would have taken another look at the Radiant 19 Plus "Long and Wide" because of the low loft appearance of the Cliffside when inspecting it in the store.
As an aside, I would highly recommend the Radiant 19 Plus "Long and "Wide" for taller guys even if their build is not wide. (I tried the "Long" version and it was really around the shoulders, but length was fine). The extra room is amazing and I put this bag in the same size league as the now unavailable North Face "Goliath", which while a great bag for tall folks and my go-to bag up intil now, doesn't compress nearly as well with the synthetic fill, and weighs a whole lot more.
REI would do themselves a huge favor and list the Radiant 19 "long and "wide" for folks greater than 6'6" and correct the erroneous info on other bags such as the ALPS Cliffside.
Date published: 2014-07-11
Rated 5out of5
by Lloyd ChristmasfromInitial Impressions are good...I purchased this bag a few weeks ago, and have yet to use it. I'm writing this review because there are currently none on the site, and I feel that a little extra information would be useful.
First, I own an Alps synthetic bag rated at 20 degrees. The bag is well built and has been true to temp rating (upper mid 20's in a tent no problem). It just weights almost 4 pounds and I wanted something lighter. As far as I can tell, this is the only down bag that Alps has made. I'm not sure if that is good or bad, but it seems like they did this as a one off project.
The bag is true to the weight specs. I have the long, and the bag itself weighs in right at 2'9oz. There is a 3oz storage sack rolled up with the bag, as well, as the 3.5oz stuff sack. I mention this because I weighed the bag before I unrolled it, and was annoyed at the extra 3oz in weight. It was only when I rolled out the bag to let it loft that I found the extra sack. So, yes, it does weigh 2'9oz (plus 3.5oz for the stuff sack). The bag was packed down rather small when it arrived, and it looks like it will compact down nicely. Also, the stuff sack has compression straps which aid in making the bag even smaller.
The bag seems well built, and the zipper was fairly easy to work. As with all zippers, it isn't perfect, but it doesn't seem like a problem. I unzipped it, got in, and zipped up a few times without any drama. Also, there wasn't a single feather coming out of the bag or floating around after I was done messing with it. This is a big bonus, and I hope it will stay this way.
I'm 6'4", about 180 lbs with size 15 feet. I tend to move around a bit at night, and hate feeling confined. This bag seems to have plenty of room. I specifically cinched it down around my head and turned from side to side. I had plenty of room for my shoulders, hips, and feet. I imagine that it would be good if I were an inch or two taller and a bit heavier.
Overall, this seems like a good buy. It has the right amount of fill (21oz of 700 fill) to make the temp rating believable. It seems well constructed, and it is roomy enough for me. I bought it during a member 20% off sale, so the price was only $168.
I'll be taking it on a Sierra trip in September, and will update my review once I've had it in the field. Right now, it gets 5 stars because I can't find fault with it. I'll change that as necessary if it gives me any troubles when I'm hiking.
Date published: 2014-06-09
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