High-altitude winter mountaineering is a sport of great risk and great reward, especially when undertaken without the use of supplemental oxygen. Valandre has been involved in this high-stakes game for years, and they have learned from first-hand experience what it takes to keep climbers alive in an environment where no mistakes are allowed. When you your life absolutely depends on keeping warm, there is no warmer choice than the Valandre Thor. Filled with 50.2 ounces (1424g) of the highest quality French goose down, the Thor's limit of comfort sits around -31oF (-35o C) and its extreme rating is an apolcalyptic -50oF (-46o C).
The Thor is much more than a whole lot of down poured into a bag-shaped object. Valandre's unparalleled expertise in construction allows the down to loft to its maximum potential, and prevents it from shifting and creating cold spots. The Thor is made up of 26 individual box-shaped compartments, each individually sized and shaped for its particular position on the bag. The baffles in the Thor are set at a 45o angle instead of a more traditional 90o angle, to create space for more down filling and provide better lateral insulation. This does increase the weight of the bag's shell by about 70 grams, but in the words of Valandre president Niels Friisbol: "This weight is not the end of this world....the temperatures that the bag can withstand, may very well be!"
Feature list from Valandre:
Fabric: Asahi-KASEI Impact 6,6 ripstop polyamide with Hiramatsu Bonnet water-repellent finish
Down Quality: 850+ fill (US norms) French fat grey goose down. See how Valandre selects and sources their down.
Total Weight: 2144 g. / 4 lbs 12 oz
Down Fill Weight: 1424 g. / 50.2 oz.
Please note that Valandre products ordered through GearX.com ship directly from the US distributor in Utah. So, you won't find them if you come into our Burlington store. We're bummed about that too.
- Additional Information
Material Asahi-KASEI Impact 6,6 Ripstop Polyamide Insulation 850 Fill Power Down Temp Rating Limit of Comfort: -30°F / -35°C; Extreme: -50°F / -46°C Length Small: 67 in / 170 cm
Medium: 73 in / 185 cm
Long: 79 in / 201 cm
Shoulder Girth 60 in / 152 cm Hip Girth 55 in / 140 cm Foot Girth 36 in / 91.4 cm Packed Size 16 Liters Weight 4 lbs 11.6 oz / 2.1 kg Zipper Type YKK full-length zipper Stuff Sack Includes Valandre compression sack and mesh storage sack