An expedition, alpine climbing, and rocky mountain winter backpacking sleeping bag. Don't be mislead by the Shocking Blues muted "Baby Blue" color. According to Valandre, this bag sleeps down to -15° F, and its name comes from the incredible technological and design innovations built into the bag.
This "Midnight Special" was developed in the mountain village of Belcaire in the French Pyrenees, the Shocking Blue revolutionized sleeping bag designs. The interior of the Shocking Blue is mounted using pre-cut anatomical shaped baffles, but this is not all: Throughout the bag the baffle height varies, with a smaller height on the leg section and an increased height on the body/chest section. The Shocking Blue sleeping bag is a cylindrical Tubular Bell design, the draft collar is incorporated like a separation wall between the cockpit and main cabin of an aircraft fuselage. We cut a hole in this down filled wall, big enough to seal off your neck with a down jacket on. An inside operated semi-elastic adjustment system allows you to close the last micro openings, sealing off the body section perfectly. According to our prestigious French history, this collar system has been nicknamed a "Marie Antoinette draft collar".
To be able to sit centered in such a "Marie Antoinette" bag (as we don't only sleep in a bag), a small zipper is placed on the opposite side of the main lateral zipper. Once the zipper is opened, you can sit perfectly centered and in great comfort.
The angled reversed trapezoidal foot box is calculated and mounted using pre-cut anatomical baffles. The end result is a foot box capable of holding itself up. Therefore there are NO direct contacts between the toes and the top of the foot box. The technology of the baffle system in the Shocking Blue results in amazing comfort with a high performance level. All physical and direct contact is removed in the foot box, which is exactly the same effect on the leg section. The down filled membrane is auto-expanding away from the body. On the body/chest section, due to the width of the bag, the down membrane has a slight touch. Contact without any weight.
The Shocking Blue is designed to be in use in high altitude and in combination with the Combi full suit. (This offers the possibility of serious layering) Today the 48.6oz (1380g) Shocking Blue is becoming a "standard bag" in the C4 and C5 camps. But, this also places the bag, as certainly one of the best performing down bags in the 4 season category, for winter camping in the Rocky Mountains or any place where you start your day by de-freezing your boots.
• Weight: 48.6 oz. (1380 g.)(3 lbs 1 oz)
• Fabric: Asahi KASEI Impact 66 Polyamide WR Rip-Stop / Asahi KASEI Polyester WR Rip-Stop
• Down Quality: Goose 850+ cuin (US Standards)
• Down Load: 27.5 oz. (781 g.)
• Compressed Volume: 9.5 Liters
• Temp Rating: EN 13537 test results: Extreme -31C (-25F) Limit of comfort -12C (10F) Comfort: -5C (25F) With over 30 years of experience producing and supplying down products, our experience says this bag sleeps down to -25°C (-15°F)