A mummy wrap might not produce thoughts of warmth and comfort, but Mountain Hardwear’s UltraLamina 15 sleeping bag does just that. And once you are in, you may not want to get out.
The design can keep you protected in temperatures down to 19 degrees, with a snug fit for maximum heat and a footbox to allow your feet to rest naturally.
Its fully welded seams, dense synthetic insulation and nylon shell resist moisture. The shell also resists wind.
The bag includes a face protector to block drafts. And being in the bag doesn’t necessarily mean lights out. A zipper on both sides lets you sit up — even cook — while still inside. Zippers also allow for ventilation, and the bag’s soft lining increases comfort. The bag includes an interior zippered pocket for storage.
The UltraLamina compresses easily to about 7 inches and comes with a storage sack for easy transport. Weight is 2 pounds, 14 ounces. Inside length is 78 inches. Also available in a women’s style, with a more snug fit for additional warmth.
The price for the UltraLamina 15 (regular length) is $205. You can purchase online at www.mountain hardwear.com.
Touch watch spendy, but very handy
Multi-function watches are great for the outdoors. How about a touch watch? The T-Touch Expert watch has 15 touch-activated functions. The watch collection is popular with professional mountaineers and extreme skiers.
There are a bunch of models, including stainless steel or titanium cases, those with leather or rubber straps and others with stainless steel or titanium bracelets.
The price will definitely startle you.
Prices range from $675 to more than $1,000. See more at www.tissot-t-touch.com.
— Pete Zimowsky, McClatchy Newspapers