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    Sleeping Bag Comparison: Kiandra Tapered Rectangular vs Spindrift Mummy Boxfoot

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    The Mont Kiandra and Spindrift are two sleeping bags regularly considered for 4 season and alpine camping trips. Both sleeping bags are rated from -9ºC to -15ºC, both sleeping bags are made from highly water-resistant and extremely breathable Hydronaute XT fabric, both are filled with super-high loft down (between 785 & 850), and they're within 100grams of each other in weight.

    So how do I choose which is right for me? Read on...

    Kiandra and Spindrift Sleeping Bags side by side
     
     
    The Kiandra Sleeping Bag
    The Kiandra is part of the Tapered Rectangular Series which are often praised for their versatility across a wide range of temperatures.

    The Tapered Rectangular series sleeping bags have full length side and foot zips allowing you to open them out flat in warmer conditions, and close them up in colder conditions.

    The Kiandra Sleeping Bag has full length side and foot zips so you can open it out flat in warmer conditions

    In addition the Tapered Rectangular sleeping bags have continuous baffles (down chambers) from top to base. You can see the direction of the baffles in the seams across the sleeping bag, they start at the zip, run across the top, around the side to the base and finish on the other side of the zip. Continuous baffles allow you to distribute down according to the temperature; in warmer conditions move down from the top to the base, and in colder conditions move more down to the top.
     
     
     
    The Spindrift Sleeping Bag
    The Spindrift is part of the Specialist Boxfoot Series which are specifically designed for alpine and winter conditions. The Spindrift, and all Specialist Boxfoot, are less versatile than the Kiandra, but for that lack of versatility comes a significant increase in efficiency.

    You will notice right away the narrow and very tapered shape, this is called Mummy shape. A Mummy shaped sleeping bag is the most efficient because it minimises unused space that your body must warm up.
     
    Spindrift Boxfoot with no zip is much more efficient and warmer
     
    You will also notice that they do not have a foot zip, rather they have a 'boxfoot'. A boxfoot provides significantly more efficient warmth because of 1) the lack of a zipper and 2) the down chambers underneath the soles of your feet when you're lying on your back. The boxfoot prevents the sleeping bag opening out flat, but makes huge improvements in warmth efficiency.
     
    Spindrift sleeping bag with vertical baffles prevents down shift to reduce cold spots
     
    Another significant feature of the Spindrift is the vertical baffles around the torso. Rather than continuous baffles as seen on the Kiandra, the Spindrift's vertical baffles prevent down movement and maintain even down coverage around the entire torso. These vertical baffles are significantly warmer and more efficient in trapping warmth. You can see these baffles by the vertical seams on the chest (and base) of the Spindrift.

    In Short
    If you find it very hard to stay warm in sub zero conditions or if you're buying a sleeping bag purely for temperatures of -9ºC to -15ºC then the Spindrift will be your best option.

    If you're buying a sleeping bag for occasional adventures in –9ºC to -15ºC but predominantly temperatures up to 0ºC or just above then the Kiandra will be a much better match.

    At Mont we always suggest taking a sleeping bag that is rated to at least 5ºC below the forecasted weather, as it is much safer and easier to cool down if you're too hot, than to warm up if you're too cold.

    See the Kiandra Sleeping Bag

    See the Spindrift Sleeping Bag

    If you need anymore assistance with your selection of a sleeping bag or any other equipment please do not hesitate to contact Mont today.

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    Available Now: Julbo Aerospace Fog Free Goggle

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    Julbo has created the first goggle that works just as well when climbing as hurtling down the mountain!

    The revolutionary 360º ventilation on the Aerospace Goggle allows you to open the lens in warm conditions, when ascending or when sitting on the chairlift, and close the lens for complete protection from snow, wind and sun! The Aerospace Goggle is ideal for Resort, Backcountry and Cross Country skiing.

    Stay fog free regardless of the conditions!

    The Julbo Aerospace Goggle is available in a variety of colours with Julbo's photochromic lenses including Snow Tiger, Cameleon, Zebra and Zebra Light.

    The Julbo Aerospace goggle is available now.

    Learn more about the Julbo photochromic lens range and the technology & advantages available

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    Down Sleeping Bag Selection Guide

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    Mont Down Sleeping Bags are the culmination of 35 years of experience in sleeping bag design, manufacture & use in the wild.

    Use the information below on each sleeping bag series to find a down sleeping bag perfectly suited to your next adventure, be it camping in the Grampians, in an igloo on the Snowy Mountains or travelling Australia & the World. See the season rating, general use, defining features, temperature guide and weight.

    EXPEDITION 8000 SERIES

    Expedition 8000 Series
    Expedition 8000 Sleeping Bag Temperature range

    Designed specifically for the extreme cold of high altitude mountaineering with larger dimensions to allow the wearing of down clothing & booties as required.

    Hydronaute XT water resistant & breathable fabric is used on the outside of the Expedition 8000 as well as inside on the foot & hood lining. This lightweight fabric protects the down from exterior moisture while removing internal moisture (perspiration) keeping you dryer, warmer & more comfortable.

    Photo: At high altitude in Pakistan. Courtesy of Mont Ambassador Chris Warner
     

    Learn more about the Expedition 8000

     

    SPECIALIST BOXFOOT SERIES

    SPECIALIST BOXFOOT SERIES SLEEPING BAGS
    Specialist Boxfoot Sleeping Bag Temperature Range

    From snow caves to the high altitude basecamps of the great peaks & beyond, the Specialist Boxfoot Series are designed for maximum warmth at minimum weight, and performance in cold to extreme cold conditions.

    Mummy shaped bags with 3D boxfoot sections, side zips only, Hydronaute XT water resistant shell fabric, water resistant down, & vertical chest baffles for the highest level of warmth efficiency.

    Photo: Firefly Tent on the Main Range, NSW Snowy Mountains. Courtesy of Justin O'Keeffe
     

    Learn more about the Specialist Boxfoot Range

     

    TAPERED RECTANGULAR XT SERIES

    Tapered Rectangular XT series sleeping bags
    tapered rectangular series sleeping bag temperature guide

    The Tapered Rectangular XT Sleeping Bags represent true versatility. They offer complete coverage with a 3D hood & internal collar, torso mapping Radial Arc Baffles, water resistant & extremely breathable Hydronaute XT fabric, water resistant down, & the ability to ventilate or open the bag out flat with full length side & foot zips.

    The Tapered Rectangular XT Sleeping Bags are a favourite with bushwalkers & ski tourers.

    Photo: Cradle Mountain & Dove Lake, Tasmania. Courtesy of Mont Ambassador Geoff Murray
     

    Learn more about the Tapered Rectangular XT Range

     

    HELIUM ULTRALIGHT SERIES

    Helium Sleeping Bag Series
    Helium Series Sleeping Bags Temperature Guide

    New ultralight shell fabric and water resistant down in a lighter and higher performing package. The new Helium Down Sleeping Bags are lighter, warmer and more resilient than ever. Body mapping Radial Arc Baffles filled with high lofting DWR down naturally wrap around your body to minimise baffle distortion & maximise warmth.

    The Helium Series are best sellers for bushwalking, ski & cycle touring & more.

    Photo: Epoch Tent on the Overland Track, Tasmania. Courtesy of Neil Blundy
     

    Learn more about the Helium Ultralight Range

     

    PROLITE ULTRALIGHT SERIES

    Prolite Ultralight Series Sleeping Bags
    Prolite Ultralight Series Sleeping Bags Temperature Guide

    In a market hungry for lighter and faster, the Mont ProLite Series leads the pack as the ultimate in super-lightweight design. Filled with ultralight, high lofting DWR down and made with Hydronaute XT fabric the ProLite Series perform well beyond their weight.

    Photo: Moondance 2 Tent on the Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory. Courtesy of Mont staff member Bryony Alden
     

    Learn more about the Prolite Ultralight Range

     

    ZODIAC SERIES

    Zodiac Series Sleeping Bags
    Zodiac Series Sleeping Bags Temperature Range

    A quality range of entry-level down sleeping bags. Affordably priced, yet designed with all the features required to make any trip as comfortable as possible, including water resistant down, full length side & foots zips, Toaster Pocket for air activated heat pack, & hidden zip security pocket inside for your cash or passport.

    The versatility of the Mont Zodiac sleeping bags makes them ideal for travellers and suitable for bushwalkers.

    Photo: Trekking in Nepal. Courtesy of Noel O Ward
     

    Learn more about the Zodiac Range

     

    HOTWIRE EXTENDER SERIES

    Hotwire Sleeping Bag
    Hotwire Sleeping Bag Temperature Range

    Extend the comfort range of your sleeping bag by up to 10ºC with a Hotwire extender, or use it as an ultralight summer sleeping bag. The Hotwire Extender is ideally suited for summer trips and has an EN 13537 lower limit rating of 2ºC.

    Photo: Sossusvlei, Namibia. Courtesy of Mohan & The Trekking Company
     

    Learn more about the Hotwire Extender Range

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    What are the differences between Julbo's Sunglass Lenses?

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    Julbo has been producing high-performance sunglasses & goggles for the outdoors since their founding in 1888 in the French Alps. With 6 technical lenses specially designed for different activities you're sure to find perfect UV protection regardless of your outdoor pursuit. Photochromic, photochromic with polarisation, super-strong NXT construction, and anti-fog are just some of the technologies available on Julbo's high performance lenses.

    A key feature of Julbo lenses is the NXT technology. Originally developed for military helicopter windscreens, this NXT technology has been adopted by Julbo to create near unbreakable lenses. Tested to meet the impact requirements defined by the ANSI Z87.1 standard for industrial application, a standard thickness Julbo NXT lens will survive intact an impact of a 6mm steel ball traveling at 160km/hour!

    Specifically, Julbo NXT lenses are in compliance with these paragraphs:

    7.4.2.1.1 High Mass Impact
    High impact spectacles shall be capable of resisting an impact from a pointed projectile weighing 500g (17.6oz) dropped from a height of 127cm (50.0in). The spectacles shall be tested in accordance with section 14.1. No piece shall be detached from the inner surface of any spectacle component and the lens shall be retained in the frame. In addition, the lens shall not fracture.

    7.4.2.1.2 High Velocity Impact
    High impact spectacles shall be capable of resisting impact from a 6.35mm (0.25in) diameter steel ball traveling at a velocity of 45.7m/s (150ft/s). The spectacles shall be tested in accordance with section 14.2. No contact with the eye of the headform is permitted as a result of impact. No piece shall be detached from the inner surface of any spectacle component and the lens shall be retained in the frame. In addition, the lens shall not fracture.

    Cameleon Lens and the differences from other Julbo sunglass lenses

    Cameleon Lens, predominantly designed for alpine, high altitude & mountaineering use. The Cameleon Lens provides high protection in extreme UV situations and is designed to provide excellent clarity of vision in snow and alpine terrain.

    • Category 2 to 4 photochromic.
    • Polarised (80%).
    • Non-Temperature-Sensitive Photochromic Activation: lens gets darker and lighter regardless of the temperature, even in extreme cold.
    • Anti fog coating.
    • Brown tint to accentuate relief, helpful in snow.
    • Predominately designed for alpine and high altitude use; mountaineering etc.
    • Visible light transmission rate: 5-20%

    Zebra Lens and the differences from other Julbo sunglass lenses

    Zebra Lens, the most all-round Lens in the range, perfect for running, riding, and alpine use. With up to category 4 protection level the Zebra is appropriate for extreme UV conditions such as high-altitude and alpine use. The Zebra Lens is excellent for resort skiing and snowboarding. It is also great in situations when you're moving from light to shade because of the extremely fast transition between category 2 and category 4.

    • Category 2 to 4 photochromic.
    • Extremely fast transition, about 22 seconds from category 2 to 4.
    • Anti fog coating.
    • Anti oil coating to reduce finger marks.
    • Brown tint to accentuate relief, helpful in snow.
    • Visible light transmission rate: 7-35%

    Zebra Light Lens and the differences from other Julbo sunglass lenses

    Zebra Light Lens, perfect for running, mountain biking, cycling and other activities when your moving from bright sun to deep shade and back again.

    • Category 1 to 3 photochromic.
    • Non-Temperature-Sensitive Photochromic Activation: lens gets darker and lighter regardless of the temperature.
    • Anti fog coating.
    • Anti oil coating to reduce finger marks.
    • Brown tint to accentuate relief (this lens is not dark enough for sunny snow conditions, only extremely overcast snow conditions).
    • Zebra light is also available with Red Flash Finish which accentuates contrast.
    • Visible light transmission rate: 17-75%

    Octopus Lens and the differences from other Julbo sunglass lenses

    Octopus Lens, predominantly designed for sailing, paddling, and other water sports and activities. Polarisation provides for excellent clarity of vision in bright, reflecting-light conditions, and with a hydrophilic coating on the outside the Octopus Lens sheds water quickly and efficiently for a clear view.

    • Category 2 to 4 photochromic.
    • Non-Temperature-Sensitive Photochromic Activation: lens gets darker and lighter regardless of the temperature.
    • Polarised.
    • External water/oil repellent coating.
    • Grey tint for faithful colour reproduction.
    • Visible light transmission rate: 6-27%

    SnowTiger Lens and the differences from other Julbo sunglass lenses

    SnowTiger Lens, designed specifically for alpine use in the resort and backcountry. The SnowTiger Lens is a goggle specific lens.

    • Category 2 to 3 photochromic
    • Anti fog coating
    • Polarised (57%)
      Glare control filter to increase readability in terrain
    • Orange tint increases contrast in terrain
    • Visible light transmission rate: 14-34%

    Falcon Lens and the differences from other Julbo sunglass lenses

    Falcon Lens, designed for travel and day to day use.

    • Category 2 to 3 photochromic.
    • Polarised.
    • Anti reflective coating.
    • Oil repellent coating to reduce finger marks.
    • Appropriate for driving as the photochromic activation is not inhibited by windscreen cutting UV light.

    NXT Technology Impact Properties
    All of Julbo's photochromic lenses detailed above are made using Julbo's NXT Technology. NXT Technology Lenses in standard thickness meet the impact requirement defined by the ANSI Z87.1 standard for industrial application.

    Specifically, they are in compliance with these paragraphs:

    7.4.2.1.1 High Mass Impact
    High impact spectacles shall be capable of resisting an impact from a pointed projectile weighing 500g (17.6oz) dropped from a height of 127cm (50.0in). The spectacles shall be tested in accordance with section 14.1. No piece shall be detached from the inner surface of any spectacle component and the lens shall be retained in the frame. In addition, the lens shall not fracture.

    7.4.2.1.2 High Velocity Impact
    High impact spectacles shall be capable of resisting impact from a 6.35mm (0.25in) diameter steel ball traveling at a velocity of 45.7m/s (150ft/s). The spectacles shall be tested in accordance with section 14.2. No contact with the eye of the headform is permitted as a result of impact. No piece shall be detached from the inner surface of any spectacle component and the lens shall be retained in the frame. In addition, the lens shall not fracture.

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