Valandre - Shocking Blue Neo
The Shocking Blue revolutionized sleeping bag designs. Its name comes from the incredible technological and design innovations built in the bag. Baffles are the vertical wall that separates the compartments where the down is injected. In the case of the Shocking Blue, 31 pieces of baffles where each is cut and anatomically chapped. As the baffles are cut one by one, this systems allows to variate the baffle height throughout the bag. A Shocking Blue are 21 pieces of fabric cut and sewn to make the outside shell. The inside bag/shell consists of 28 pieces cut and sewn together. All in all, a Shocking blue (Odin and Thor Neo) are a tree dimensional puzzle of 80 pieces. The filling process is 32 injections, witch correspond to the number of compartments. The interior of the Shocking Blue is mounted using pre-cut anatomical shaped baffles. Throughout the bag, the baffle height varies, with a smaller height on the leg section and a increased height on the body/chest section.
Ex 7cm in the body section, 6.5cm in the leg section and 8.5 in the foot box. The hood of the Shocking Blue uses a 3D half moon technique that offers maximum insulation. As the Shocking Blue is a cylindrical Tubular Bell design, the draft collar is incorporated like the separation wall. The hole in this down filled wall is big enough to seal off your neck with a down jacket on. This collar system has been nicknamed the "Marie Antoinette draft collar". Black toes are not fun so Valandre designed the "Pyrenean foot box". In principle, it's a reversed trapezoidal and slightly angled down foot box that follows the natural flex of the feet. The foot box is mounted using pre-cut anatomical baffles. The end result is a foot box capable of holding itself up. Therefore there are NO direct contacts between the toes and the top of the foot box. The technology of the baffle system in the Shocking Blue results in an amazing level of comfort and performance. All physical and direct contact is removed in the foot box. The down filled membrane is expanding away from the body. What you feel using this bag is a total liberation of weight - as if the down membrane is strangely "floating" over your body. There is total liberty for the down cluster to expand in all directions giving it a serious increase in performance.
Comfort Rating: 10.4° F; Extreme: -23.8° F
- Carry Weight: 46.2 oz./1310 g (sm), 48.6 oz./1378 g (md), 52.8 oz./1497 g (md)
- Size: 39" x 66.9" (sm), 41.7" x 72.8" (md), 44.5" x 78.7" (lg)
- Carry Size: 9.5 L
- Fill: Goose 850+
- Fill Weight: 25.7 oz./729 g (sm), 27.5 oz./780 g (md), 29.5 oz./836 g (lg)
- Shell: Asahi-Kasei 1.1oz Nylon 6.6 Rip-Stop - DWR
- Liner: Asahi-Kasei anti-static Polyester Rip-Stop - DWR
- Fits To: 5'6" (sm), 6' (md), 6'6" (lg)