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Street Price: $290
Pros: Lightweight, comfortable hood, good stuff sack.
Cons: Other bags are warmer for their weight.
Best Uses: Ultralight activities.
The Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 is outshined by the company's Mtn Speed 32, which is warmer for its weight. Both of these bags are high quality and perform well in summer conditions.
Quilt style sleeping bags are lighter, more comfortable, warmer for their weight, and more versatile than full bags. Our testers much prefer quilts for three-season activities. Check them in our Ultralight Sleeping Bag Review.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 is the lightest of the company's Phantom series. The bag has the same 800-fill down, ultralight shell material, and a similar cut as the other bags. We love the very comfortable hood and the perfectly sized stuff sack that allow the bag to pack down super small (other companies send their bags with stuff sacks that don't compress the bags as much as they could.) Overall, the Phantom 32 is a high quality, comfortable summer bag.
Quilt style sleeping bags offer a tremendous performance advantage over summer weight traditional style sleeping bags (those with hoods and zippers). We urge to you to consider a quilt.
Other traditional style summer bags have high quality down and lighter and stronger shell materials that make them warmer for the weight, more compressible, and more durable. The difference is significant, but not worth upgrading if you already own a Phantom 32 that's in good condition. Many other bags are much warmer for their weight than this one. If saving weiht is a top concern consider of the models found in the Ultralight Sleeping Bag Review.
The Phantom 32 is a good bag that's priced competitively.
— Chris McNamara and Max Neale
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