Marco has been making things for me 🙂
I like the idea of using a balaclava rather than using a sleeping bag hood. Until now I’ve not been able to find a suitable one. the As Tucas Sestrals balaclava looked ideal, except I didn’t want it in red. Marco said he could do it in Momentum 90 in black with Apex 67 insulation.
Although it is in heavier gauge material than the standard balaclava, it still only weighs 48g. I’ll probably remove the bungees. It feels very nice and fits well. I reckon it should be great instead of a sleeping bag hood and it can be used instead of a hood with a jacket if required. The workmanship is excellent, so if you want a really warm balaclava, have a look at this one. Marco now does it in a range of colours.
No matter how careful you are, sometimes the foot of your sleeping bag can get damp from touching the wall of your tent or shelter. In the past I’ve put my waterproof jacket or smock over the end of my bag. This works well, but is not an option if the jacket or smock is wet from rain. A bivy bag is overkill if you are in a tent, so enter the sleeping bag foot sleeve.
It weighs a puny 36g and covers the bottom 70cms of a sleeping bag. I’ve pictured it with my Alpkit Pipedream 600, which is my largest bag. It has an elasticated draw cord with cord lock at the top to stop it slipping down. It’s made of very light weight, breathable Momentum 50 fabric, which is moderately water resistant (I might use some NikWax TX10 on it as well). Again, the workmanship is excellent.
I’ve got another couple of items that Marco is tweaking and will share with you when they return. Marco is making some excellent stuff and is open to bespoke work as well.
Disclosure: I have no formal or financial relationship with As Tucas