Brooks Range Alpini 15 ReviewAugust 16, 2012
- 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.
- Zipper sometimes snags.
- Down won’t insulate when wet.
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.
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.
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.
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.