Exped Dreamwalker 450 Camp – off-season down sleeping bag. According to the EN13537 standard, the temperature of women’s comfort is + 4 ℃, men’s -1 ℃, and -14 ℃ is considered extreme.
Imagine this paradise, when you go out in the morning to shoot the dawn and for this, you do not need to get out of a warm sleeping bag, but, on the contrary, use its warmth to enjoy the scenery and take great photos .. Or cook breakfast in the same warm sleeping bag without thinking than to support it, an elbow or a chin not to freeze …
And now imagine that this is just one of the additional options of a fairly light down sleeping bag ..
But, everything is in order.
The Swiss company Exped is not a newcomer to the equipment market. And he knows very well how to make a rather unique and high-quality product. We have already written a review of their own mat with down insulation Litemat 5 – a great option for value for money-insulation. They also wrote about Lightning and Thunder backpacks, which at an impressive weight are an impressive indicator of the comfortable load. Now it’s time to get acquainted with one of the most multifunctional sleeping bags I’ve ever met – Exped Dreamwalker 450 Camp M.
In shape, this sleeping bag is considered a “cocoon” and, in fact, it is wider than the classic cocoon in the torso and legs. And, in addition, has clear shoulders, which I have not met in the cocoons before. The Swiss calls this form “Mantel-Schlafsack”, which means “sleeping jacket” in German.
And this name has a reason. Exped Dreamwalker 450 Camp can be easily and quickly transformed into a sleeveless down jacket. Just pull your arms out of the side zippers and tighten and secure the bottom of the sleeping bag at the waist. And voila! Down jacket that goes down almost to the knees (and someone even lower)! And it’s super-super warm and not blown away by the wind!
Moreover, inside the sleeping bag, there are two pockets, wherein the format of a down jacket you can put some small things or just warm your hands. And the height of the side zippers is enough to easily push your hand inside the sleeping bag and pull out.
Next, if we unbutton the central zipper and loosen the tie in the legs, we get a wide duvet. Really wide.
But my advice, in the blanket mode, you should turn the sleeping bag so that the hood was in your legs. And not just to keep him from falling on his face. The fact is that the formed shoulders do not allow two people to comfortably cover themselves if the sleeping bag is hooded to the head. But in the inverted position, the same shoulders become ideal warm pockets for the feet! Very comfortable and cozy. Like two separate T-shirts. And with their help the blanket is easy to hold, it does not slip anywhere. Cool, right?
As the Exped Dreamwalker 450 Camp is quite wide, it can be combined with a summer sleeping bag, forming a combination for lower temperatures. Only the second sleeping bag should also have a central zipper. Turbat Kuk is ideal for this.
Like a sleeping bag, Dreamwalker is super spacious. This is a real gift for great broad-shouldered travellers. But small and fragile, on cold nights, I advise you to take in bulky clothes to reduce the space that needs to be warmed up. And it is good to choose the size of the sleeping bag when buying.
The Dreamwalker 450 Camp range includes three sizes: S, which is designed for height up to 165 cm and weighs 930 g, M – for height up to 180 cm, weight 990 g, and L – for people up to 195 cm, which weighs 1150 g. And the manufacturer should still believe in this, because Anton, with his height of 188 cm, size M was very small.
At first glance, the temperature limit of -1 ℃ in combination with a weight of 990 grams – not the best indicators for a down sleeping bag. But its functionality may be a higher priority for some of you. For example, you can save a lot of weight on a down jacket for a bivouac, or money, using Dreamwalker in the summer as a blanket, instead of a separate summer sleeping bag.
Duck down with an FP index of 700+ and a down to feather ratio of 90/10 is used as insulation in the sleeping bag. Exped boasts that the down in this series of sleeping bags comes from Ukraine. In addition, it is certified according to the RDS standard, which guarantees the rearing of birds inhumane conditions (access to playgrounds, constant availability of water, food, no forced feeding). According to Exped, this down can effectively warm you for more than 20 years.
Unlike most outdoor manufacturers, Exped does not treat it’s down with hydrophobic impregnation. The manufacturer claims that, firstly, the natural lubrication that remains on the fur after all the treatments and disinfection is enough to prevent it from getting wet as instantly as the impregnated down advertising says. And, in general, that wetting a down sleeping bag is not as easy as it seems (actually, we also talked about this in the first part of the Encyclopedia of Down).
* Regarding the residual fat after cleaning and washing, we asked IDFL and they confirmed that after proper washing, some of the fat remains. It plays the role of hair conditioner: it maintains the elasticity of the down and its resistance to moisture.
Editor: Does the washing remove all the natural oils from down? If it doesn’t, can those natural oils help to protect down from absorbing moisture?
IDFL: When washed properly down will still have some natural oils. Think of the oils as a moisturizer for the hair, it will maintain down at its best performance which will help maintain moisture and loft.
Of course, the treated down will better resist moisture until the treatment is washed away. At the same time, with untreated down, you are guaranteed not to have any surprises after the impregnation disappears over time. We will write more about this in one of the following parts of the Pooh Encyclopedia.
The second argument for down treatment is health. Expeditionists say that the use of untreated down is better and safer for health, because the sleeping bag is in close contact with the skin, compared to other equipment, so you should avoid unnecessary chemicals. The third argument is ecology. Any impregnation is a plus to harmful emissions and waste. And finally, the cost. Because impregnation is not free and the user pays a very high price for it.
Exped’s desire to make the product as healthy and environmentally friendly as possible was reflected in the materials. Because they are in direct contact with the skin, Exped decided to give its customers the opportunity to be sure that everything is safe. Therefore, the fabrics of the sleeping bag are certified according to the Oeko-Tex 100 standard. You can read about it here.
The outer and inner fabrics of the Dreamwalker 450 Camp are identical in characteristics: nylon with a thread thickness of 30D and a density of 44 g / m2. In terms of comfort, the fabric is similar to other sleeping bags, which we wrote about recently: quite good, but without clothes to sleep on it so-so.
Its advantage – thanks to the dense weave, to see a feather sticking out of this sleeping bag – a rarity. In fact, according to this indicator, he became a record holder among all sleeping bags that have been in our hands recently.
Because the Dreamwalker 450 is an off-season sleeping bag, all of its seams are “warm.” That is, the outer and inner tissues are interconnected through vertical mesh partitions. Accordingly, through openings through which heat can quickly flow out, are absent.
The cells for down in the sleeping bag are combined – horizontal ones are located in the lower part and on both sides of the central zipper. And along the line of side seams down is laid in square cells. This design prevents the insulation from shifting to the sides and the appearance of cold spots in the upper part of the sleeping bag, over the legs and torso.
The main lightning is YKK # 5, and, as already mentioned, it passes through the centre of the sleeping bag. This format is much simpler and easier to use because we fasten sweaters and jackets every day.
The upper slider on the zipper is two-sided. Pullers are metal and just giant. The lace is also attached to the outside of the metal puller. The lower puller is without lace, although it would not interfere there.
Another slider, one-way, is located at the bottom of the zipper. Thanks to it the sleeping bag can be opened in the field of legs for additional ventilation or completely straightened in a blanket.
A five-centimetre collar covers the entire length of the zipper to prevent heat loss. And that collar is filled not with down, but with synthetic insulation. As the representatives of Exped told us, it is recycled polyester. However, it is not mentioned anywhere: neither on the official website nor in the information booklet to the sleeping bag.
To prevent the zipper from “biting” the fabric, a rigid sling is inserted inside the collar. And here it is really effective.
The protection of the face from the metal runner in Exped is peculiar: they just wrapped a protective collar. No lightning will go beyond such protection, but the weight of the solution is definitely not the best.
At the bottom of the sleeping bag is tightened with a 5 mm flat cord, each end of which is fixed with a plastic clip. And, unlike the familiar Sea To Summit Micro, these clamps fix the cord very well. Therefore, the probability of accidentally opening the sleeping bag at night is minimal.
Apparently, due to certain design features, the outputs of the cord are quite far from each other. And in order not to leave part of the sleeping bag loose, the manufacturer came up with the idea of connecting the clamps together. If you want to separate them, press the button on the left.
Another difference between Exped Dreamwalker 450 Camp and Sea To Summit Micro is the lack of a hole with a well-tightened sleeping bag. The expeditors achieved this in a simple and elegant way, making a cell for the tightening cord not at the edge of the lower part of the sleeping bag, but at a distance of 5 cm. Thus, the hole is tightly covered with several layers of fabric and down.
The central zipper is not the only one on the sleeping bag. On both sides, at shoulder level, sewn two more zippers YKK # 5 length of 45 cm on each – two double-sided runners.
Five-centimetre cells are also installed here to prevent heat loss. And in the same way in them, the rigid tape saving from a snack of fabric is laid.
It is thanks to these zippers that you can pull your hands out of the sleeping bag, turning it into a huge down vest with a hood.