Brooks Range Alpini 15 Review

August 16, 2012
Brooks Range Alpini 15
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
93
Compressibility
9
Warmth to Weight Ratio
9
Comfort
10
Durability
7
Value
8

The Good

  • 850-fill down and superlight fabrics.
  • Beefy halo collar and plump draft tubes seal in heat.
  • Very comfortable.
  • Unusually long zipper=greater venting.
  • Great compressibility.

The Bad

  • Zipper sometimes snags.
  • Down won’t insulate when wet.
THE VERDICT

The Alpini is a luxurious bag with a reasonable price tag. It features a premium weight-to-warmth ratio thanks to 850-fill down and superlight Pertex Quantum fabric, which both also add up to make a very compressible bag.

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Companies that sell premium products at reasonable prices should be celebrated, and we were ready to throw a parade for Brooks Range. “It gives those with champagne tastes and beer budgets the opportunity to taste the good life,” said one tester after a few days on the foggy Oregon coast.    

Materials
Soft, lightweight Pertex Quantum is some of the best stuff to use when making a sleeping bag. It has a very low denier, which makes it silky to the touch and rarely leaks feathers despite its thin-ness. The Alpini is insulated with 850-fill down, as lofty as it gets, providing peerless weight-to-warmth ratio. Combined, the materials make for a very compressible bag, even with a relatively roomy cut.

Features
The Alpini also stands out from other similarly constituted bags because of the features. The two-way zipper is extra long, so it can be vented very deeply, and used more easily as a splayed-open blanket. The draft tubes along the main zipper are extra beefy, and there is a unique halo-shaped collar that encircles the head and neck. Both add a remarkable degree of cocoon-like comfy-ness.

There is also a small cargo pocket inside for storing contact lenses or whatnot. We did, however, think the zipper backing strip could be a bit stiffer, as the zipper snagged more than others.

 


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MSRP
$369.00
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