Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 Review

Phantom 32

I’m always looking for high-performance sleeping bags in their report weight/thermal efficiency and ease of use. You can see the Altitude touring site a folder on my tests of 11 sleeping bags for the 3 & 4 season use. It is in this context that I now attack a sacred monster: the Phantom 32 Mountainhardwear. A fill goose down in Europe certified IDFL 800 and a total weight under 800 grams. A technical down, without flange, but full of qualities, and who displays impressive data. Let’s see what we can do on the ground.

Data factory

Length: 198 cm (185 cm) G/D; 213 cm (200 cm).

Width at the shoulders: 78/81 cm.

Rolled dimensions: 15 x 25 cm.

Volume: 5 litres.

Anti-cold flap over zipper, anatomical shape extended to the foot for comfort, cover storage and cover compression.

Outer fabric: Polyamide Ripstop 10 Deniers, treated water repellent.

Inner fabric: Polyamide taffeta 20 Deniers, reinforcement to the feet.

Partitioning in spaced arches of 12.7 mm to maximize inflating, hood preformed and partitioned in 6 compartments to keep inflating and bring a uniform heat. Cloisement Ark, spaced 12.7 cm to more than annoying.

Filling: goose down gray certified European IDFL, 85%, FP = 800.

Filling weight: 285 g or 312 g according to the sizes

Treatment Q-Shield down to protect it from moisture and make it hydrophobic.

Opening (005) left or right (004)

Size 198 cm (for max 185); 213 cm (max 200)

Weight without compression bag: 629 g / 673 g

Manufacturer temperature: + 3 ° C to-2 ° C

I tested the large size. IE 213 cm to a maximum of 2 m user.

In this large size, down does not exceed 760 g on my scale, included the silicone nylon compression bag that is far from being minimalist with its wide compression straps. Wow! It is lighter and less bulky that I tested so far!

With its 312g (in large size sleeping bags) of goose down grey European 800cuin, and its hydrophobic treatment, it comes therefore compete with the Mirage (Valandré) and the (Cumulus) Panyam already tested here in winter conditions. The Phantom is manufactured to the Viet Nam. The manufacturer gives a temperature comfort between + 3 /-2 ° C.

The Phantom doesn’t have a collar, I’m warned.But from the first contact he motivates me with this light weight and limited footprint that promotes a high compression bag of range.

First of all its compressed size are positively impressive (about 5 litres). This allows me to take a backpack of 30 litres at the bottom of which I fixed with straps. It’s the one sleeping bag that enters this dimension (see photo at the top; the phantom is in dark gray under the Red backpack).


The Phantom32 sleeping bag has been tested during the winter 2015/2016. Easily taken its encouraging compact, it has accompanied me for hikes of end of season when the weather was mild, then for winter mountaineering.

The most significant encampments were held in constructions in hard, and good mattresses, but already serious winter conditions. Other nights, in easier condition have been lived in tent or with a simple roof.


Here, among the tests, both of which are the most significant:

Beginning of December to the Bivouac Barenghi at 2800 m for a first test on a mattress comfortable but cold. We arrived at night, after a day of 8 hours of small fight in very different snow, some expos slopes, and a long journey with a little path; brief: slashed property!

Temperatures were slightly negative inside the building. I didn’t have a thermometer but the clues were quite explicit: the water from my canteen partially frozen in my backpack, lunch box frozen on the table, small snowdrift in the shelter, shoes and shoelaces frozen in the morning).

The night went very well and the Phantom is quite up to this kind of performance, I slept with first synthetic skin and a rather light sticky in Polartec. After a technical stopover along the night outside the camp, I kept my mini down jacket by lazy and also caloric gluttony. I then received additional heat allowing me to open up the opening of the hood to promote an exchange of air between the inside and outside of the down.

Mid-March at the bivouac Montaldo at 3200 m after a climb of 1300 m + D snowshoeing in transformer snow and sometimes heavy. This is the most significant test with a thermometer this time, at the top of the man at the Italian border.

It is John who tests the Phantom 32 in this rough shelter. As the day was warm and sunny, so the night will be cold and windy. -5 ° C in the thermometer at the beginning of the night and wake up it was – 7.

Pasting, Jean kept a mini jacket down for an hour and then took him to have a first skin and a sheet of silk in the sleeping bag. He used a blanket during the night. This mattress in the bivouac was OK.

It summarizes thermal satisfying that night yet cooler than the comfort temperature announced by the manufacturer. And yet, it poorly ensured the position of anti-cold flap on the zip, and he felt some frigories to this level – something that I had checked before and that works properly-. He loved the settings and has not been disrupted by the lack of collar. In the morning, he noted a significant condensation on the bag without impact on the inside.

Dressed in a first technical layer (D4) and a silk sheet, I note that he used a blanket to his legs. We can say he’s not chilly because test – 5 like that is already very good, even with the cover!

Record temperature

The Phantom is a sharp enough sleeping bag that can assume the 4 seasons so we know to use it. Up to 0 ° /-2 ° C, a relatively cautious user like me should be quiet with a first technical skin with long sleeves and a sticky. In the past, it will sure to organize the opening of the bag so that the absence of flange is not penalizing and well cast off antifroid protection on the zip.

For me, temperatures of-5 ° C are manageable with a double layer on the legs (two