by fruitgathererfromFussy zipperThe zipper on this bag is extremely fussy. Go slow, it snags; go fast, it snags; go in between snags.
Date published: 2013-08-22
Rated 4out of5
by hiker 50fromGreat bag, I rate it 4.8!I have used this bag over two years in several locations, mostly the Sierras and it has been great. I am a cold sleeper and like to sleep outside, no tent. I have been very comfortable in this bag. I have not pushed it past freezing, though. I sleep in minimal clothes, but often use a light silk liner, and always use a NeoAir pad. It has kept me warm and comfortable every time, so far. This bag is very versitle in it's comfort range. The EN rating seems accurate to me. So far the bag has shown no wear or feather loss. It lofts the same as the first day I got it. I feel no cold spots. It's my favorite three season bag that I have ever had; and I have had a bunch. This is my go to bag, because it is so light, well constructed, flexible, comfortable, and packs down so small. My only problem is the zipper snag most every morning when I get up. This bag ain't cheap, but it is competitive in price for a bag with it's performance, weight, and quality. The zipper and price are the only things that kept me from giving it a full 5. If I could use decimals in my rating I would give it a 4.8 in spite of those factors!
Date published: 2013-05-05
Rated 4out of5
by PapawhiskyfromMountain Hardwear Phantom 32 Sleeping BaI bought this sleeping bag for the weight and small pack size. In those departments, it is tough to beat. I've taken it on some short backpacking trips and liked it. I just returned from a 3 week trip and here is what I found:
The weight to warmth ratio is fantastic. I don't know of another bag that is so warm for this weight.
It packs down very small. The stuff sack is a litter bigger than a liter water bottle. No complaints.
I hit some colder weather than expected, so I have some experience with the temp rating. This is very subjective, but for reference, I am a very warm blooded person. I am more likely to be on the bag than in the bag. The first night I felt cool in the bag it was 36 degrees. I wasn't cold, just cool. I was wearing shorts, a light longsleeve base layer, and a fleece cap. I had the hood on my head. I was in a tent, on an inflatable full length mat with R-value 3.1. So, I would say it doesn't quite meet the advertised 32 degree rating, but pretty close.
The zipper catches on the interior flap often. It is aggravating sometimes, but not a big deal.
No down leaking.
It is a snug fit. I am 6ft, 180lbs. It is snug on me. But, that is where some of the weight savings come from.
I recommend this bag is you place a premium on lightweight and pack size.
Date published: 2013-06-08
Rated 5out of5
by XrpfromOne of the best 32F bagsI have the older model Phantom 32 (the blue/gray one). It looks like MH has improved it with shiny new colors and a better shell material.
That being said, my Phantom 32 is phenomenal. It's the perfect summer sleeping bag. It keeps me very warm (had to vent a little) in temperatures I've backpacked in with it. So far I've taken it down to about 40F and felt comfortable warm.
The Phantom 32 packs down nice and compact. With the stuff sack, mine is 1lb 9oz, which makes for about as light as you can get and have a full length zipper.
The zipper can and will snag, so go slowly with it.
Its shell seems to resist water okay, but I've never been drenched, just slight moisture (dew/drizzle).
Upon unpacking, it lofts quickly and is ready to go when you are ready to sleep.
About the only drawback I could see to the new style is the color. While the new model(s) color(s) are shinier, flashier and more stylish, I would want my sleeping bag to be a darker color so it will absorb more heat from the sun to dry out if I need to do that.
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 5out of5
by Ivanh2ofromBest Bag in My Sleeping Bag QuiverI originally purchased this bag for a four week November 2004 NZ trip that included hostel stays, huts and tarp camping. I use it with a Thermarest S Pro-lite pad. I am 5' 7" and weigh 175 lbs. The photo that I am including with this reveiw was taken in September 2013. I like to take care of my gear.
DURABILITY PLUS - This bag has stood up to the many years of use and various environments. I have used it for January Sea Kayaking trips on the Sea of Cortez... I use a waterproof stuff sack. It compresses very small which is a good thing when loading through the kayak hatch holes. I have used it on self contained inflatible kayak trips and rafting trips. It has been my bag of choice for my September canoeing trips on the Green River and Lake Powell in Utah. While on water type of adventuring, since it is a down sleeping bag, I take special care in keeping it dry.
I favor ultra-light backpacking, at 1 lb 6 oz, this bag assists me in having packs that weigh as little as 19.5 lb for a 3 day trip. Temperature rating of 32 degrees seems right for me... I say that because I have spent very few nights in this bag when I felt cold. When I do... I usually arrange the extra clothing I put in the foot box of the bag and that seems to take care of it. That being said I cannot remember a night that I would say I was uncomfortably cold. I do not wear anything when I sleep. I think I am warm sleeper, often I will sleep on the pad and the Phantom on top like a blanket. I should also mention that I sleep in a 2 P tent, when with my wife and a Gore-Tex Bivi, when I am solo. I have waken to snow and ice on several Pacific NW fall mornings... and rain of course... and the sleeping has been good.
I just recently started cycle touring and I find that it is a good fit for that activity as well because of how small I can compress it, its weight and warmth.
The bag seems roomy to me. I do not use the hood,(I use a light weight stocking cap) and I do not zipper it all way. On cooler trips I will zip it about 6 to 12 inches from the top. My wife loves using the hood and zipping it all the way, she is 5' 2" and 105 lbs.(her experiences has been similiar to mine) The nylon material is very comfortable against my skin... I will be writing a reveiw for another bag, which is not the case.
I notice that the new Phantom 32's are water resistant(down). I think that would be the only reason I have to replace this bag. Otherwise my Phantom is still doing everything I am asking it to do. Like my title says... It is one of the best bags in sleeping bag quiver. Replacing this bag is not in the near future... but when I do, it will be another Phantom 32.
Oh... the zipper sticks easily... it catches the nearby nylon. Even after years of using it... I still catch the nylon...
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated 5out of5
by Cad-OrangefromLightweight and packable bagEverything about this bag is great except that if it drops below 42 degree's wear a base layer and hat!
Date published: 2014-05-08
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Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 Sleeping Bag Customer Reviews