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Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 Review

   

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  • Currently 4.0/5
Overall avg rating 4.0 of 5 based on 1 review. Most recent review: May 7, 2015
Street Price:   Varies from $380 - $410 | Compare prices at 5 resellers
Pros:  Lightweight, comfortable hood, good stuff sack.
Cons:  Other bags are warmer for their weight.
Best Uses:  Ultralight activities.
User Rating:       (0.0 of 5) based on 0 reviews
Manufacturer:   Mountain Hardwear
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ May 7, 2015  
Overview
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.

New Version Update - May 2015
The Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 has been updated! See below for more detail!

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

The New Version of the Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 vs. The Older Version



The Phantom 32 has a new look! In addition to being available in Backcountry Green, the bag has 800-fill Q-Shield, which Mountain Hardwear says will maintain heat and maximum loft in damp conditions; the price has also increased from $290 to $380.

See below for a side-by-side comparison, with the latest version shown on the left and the older model pictured on the right.

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Hands-On Review



Likes


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.

Dislikes


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.

Value


The Phantom 32 is a good bag that's priced competitively.

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The Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 and Therm-a-Rest Neo Air Trekker in the MSR Hoop tent.
Credit: Max Neale

Chris McNamara and Max Neale

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