Wednesday, April 14, 2021

ESSENTIAL GEAR : Hill People Mountain Serape

 No matter when headed to urban environments or out into the wilderness, this item is always in my backpack. Cold hotel room? No problem. Its a fantastic insulation layer. Unexpected cold weather on your weekend camping trip? The Mountain Serape functions both as a garment to wear as well as insulation in your sleeping bag, and it also functions as a bag of sorts on its own. 

Items must be multi use, and the Mountain Serape checks all the boxes when it comes to utility. 

Details from Hill People : 


The Mountain Serape is an exercise in insulation versatility. This single item functions in the following ways:

  • insulated hooded poncho
  • knee length greatcoat (zipper or hook secured)
  • blanket for two in a survival situation
  • half zip sleeping bag good for a 20-30 degree temperature gain

It has the following features.

  • 66" x 88" - Note that the way the sleeping bag mode works makes this effectively much longer when in that mode. It will extend 12" past the head of a someone who is 5'10" and 220 when in sleeping bag mode.
  • DWR treated 70 denier mini-ripstop shell sheds snow and light rain
  • 2.6oz / 80g primaloft fusion insulation (US made primaloft gold)
  • YKK zippers
  • at 2.5lbs it is heavier than a comparable sleeping bag, but lighter than a comparable sleeping bag plus comparable jacket.

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