Based out of San Jose, California, Western Mountaineering may not be one of the larger names in outdoor gear, but they put the greatest care and workmanship into every single piece of gear they make. And each piece is made entirely right here in the USA. Included in their lineup is a series of technical, awesome down clothing, but their flagship products are their down sleeping bags, all of which are made from especially high-quality, properly-sourced European down.
The Western Mountaineering Lynx MF is a heavy-duty, serious bag made for extreme cold weather – down to -10F. MF stands for MicroFiber; Western Mountaineering’s Microlite XP serves as the liner and shell of this sleeping bag. It’s filled with 32-ounce down fill, with 9” of fluffy loft. Yes, 9”. So it’s burly and warm, but still weighs only 3 pounds, 2 ounces total. And the mummy bag shape has a generous shoulder girth of 62”, so it’s large, comfortable and roomy. It also features Western Mountaineering’s large down-filled collar that traps heat in around your neck and ensure you stay warm.
Western Mountaineering uses continuous baffles to let you shift insulation around for the best coverage in all seasons. A V-Block Side Baffle distributes the down evenly all for perfect warmth, while the draft tube is equipped with tape that keeps it from snagging on things.
Lastly, Western Mountaineering claims it’s the warmest 3-pound bag you’re going to find on the market. We think it will hold up well to all kinds of alpine expeditions, what with it’s -10F rating 9” of loft. The only problem there being that it is quite large and bulky; you can compress it and pack it up, but it certainly won’t be compact. But that’s the trade-off: warmth for size, and when you’re up at alpine altitudes, you need warmth more than you do a compact size. Well-equipped for 3-season trips at high-altitudes, and winter trips anywhere else. And like we mentioned, it’s made right here in the USA.