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Valandre Lafayette | DESNIVEL GOLD AWARD

DESNIVEL-AWARD

Finally – The La Fayette received the recognition from the Spanish specialized climbing magazine DESNIVEL. The La Fayette was the first differential cut bag from Valandre using pre-cut, but circular baffles. We used circular baffles to make it easy and basically test, if it was possible to develop and produce such a technology. Once knowing that it was possible, we developed the anatomical baffle system in a “full gas high tech style”, presented in the Shocking Blue.

The La Fayette was and is a bag intended to be used under extreme conditions: The colder the better, but in warm conditions not the right choice: It’s a super light non compromising design: Comfort – forget about it – this one kilo bag has to be as effective as possible.

So in reality, once it’s f…… cold, the cold also comes from the ground, so in order to protect the vital parts (heart and lungs), you have to sleep (read rest) laying on your side. So the La Fayette is a “center half size zipped bag”. The zipper length is calculated to allow to just enter the bag that is in connection with the “guillotine styled draft collar”. Once the collar closed it is very difficult to get a heat loss from the neck, so the heat stays in the bag.

To minimize the heat circulation, and to concentrate it to the vital upper breast part, a draw cord is placed at the waist.

And finally, as you get up on your side, and take protection in a fetus position, your knees put pressure on the front of the bag, with the risk of the down to shift away. To solve this 3 smaller side closed compartments are installed in the bag, eliminating the risk of down shift.

The La Fayette is a super sharp non compromising climbing and expedition bag. A kind of Lotus SUPER 7 without shock absorbers.

Actually the spirit of Valandre.

 

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The new Chill Out sleeping bag series

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At the end of a hard day, all of us needs to chill out, get some rest, food, drink, and then get the necessary good night sleep, vital for next day’s performance.

Quality sleep is key, in high altitude climbing but also to any outdoor adventure. Our high-end expedition oriented sleeping bags: Shocking Blue Neo, Odin Neo and Thor Neo, offers not only insulation but also a five star hotel comfort. This is due to the use of anatomical shaped and precut baffles connecting the inside liner bag and the outside shell fabric in a perfect differential cut.

Our famous duck down sleeping bags the SWING’s offers an excellent price/quality/insulation due to the use of a selected high-end duck down 90/10, and a technically simplified compartment system.

In the SWING’s you get what you need, at a low price.

The complete backwards design principles

At the beginning of 2016, we decided to mix the high tech anatomical baffle technology (Differential cut), with our high end duck down creating the first technical top of the line and state of the art duck down bag. The idea is to make high tech construction available to a broader part of the outdoor market, a kind of socializing high tech!

On the outdoor market, the majority of sleeping bags uses an outside color to appeal to the consumers, as if OUTDOOR and Climbers select their sleeping bag due to a “funky color”, and then use a dull black or gray inside color.

What is important in a Sleeping bag is the Down quality/Baffle system things that are on the inside, so why not reverse the color game and come out with a unified line with a 450g, 650g and an 850g filling.

Now let’s flip this over, by simply using a “North Korean bunker gray” as the outside shell, and then use the color effect on the inside liner! 850 is a Orange inside, 650 is a purple inside and the 450 is a sky blue inside.

A true design process is never ending, so we still have some minor technical modifications to make. The Chill Outs are expected to go into production in October, and be available in November.

First photos of the Chill out 850 in the prototype version 04, 850g of high-end duck down and total weight 1395g.

The Chill Outs 450, 650 and 850 will be presented at the OUTDOOR trade show in Friedrichshafen (07.13 -> 07.16) and at the OR (08.03 -> 08.06) in SLC in the P 04 version.

 

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Shocking Blue Down Sleeping Bag by Valandré

Valandre Shocking Blue - Down sleeping bagReview Shocking Blue Down Sleeping Bag

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Reviewed by pillowthread :

Well, here’s a review telling you how I took my size long Valandre Shocking Blue, a 3lb bag EN comfort rated at 16F, to a verified -15F, and slept as soundly as I ever have. At first, you’ll pass it off as experimenter bias, telling yourself that anyone who even considers—let alone owns—an $800 sleeping bag is going to think highly of it to begin with. You’ll say my thermometer had to be off. You’ll tell yourself that, with the clothing I wore, and the fact that I slept on two pads, on snow, inside a double wall tent, you could have done the same in your Antelope or Snowbunting. I mean, they have around the same 30 ounces of high-quality down, right? Right? Well, I’m not so sure you could.

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라파옛 | 발란드레 (Valandre)| 침낭

쇼킹 블루 | 발란드레 (Valandre)| 침낭

쇼킹 블루 | 발란드레 (Valandre)| 침낭

Valandre. The only gear to have when the Sherpa is you

며칠 전에 프랑스 브랜드 발란드레(Valandre)의 다운 침낭(sleeping bags) 중 라파옡(La Fayette) 모델을 받았습니다. 최대한 저렴하게 사기 위해서 미국에 있는 분에게 부탁하여 미국 주소로 물건을 보냈고, 이번에 국내에 들어오면서 저에게 전달해 주었습니다. 인터넷으로 알게 된 분인데 대단히 감사할 따름입니다!!! Continue reading “라파옛 | 발란드레 (Valandre)| 침낭” »

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Shocking Blue | Valandre | Down Sleeping bags

Valandre Shocking Blue - Down sleeping bagShocking Blue | Valandre | Down Sleeping bags

Shocking Blue | Down Sleeping bags | Description :

Valandre Shocking Blue 800 Sleeping Bag (Fall 2010) The Valandre Shocking Blue Sleeping Bag is electric. No, it’s not an electric sleeping bag – the Valandre Shocking Blue bag is better than an electric blanket. This subzero Valandre sleeping bag was named for its technology and innovative design. 91 custom cut fabric panels layer the Valandre Shocking Blue from your head to your toes, making sure that not even your forehead feels cold on a frigid night. Valandre loads up the down in the foot compartments to keep your footsies toasty. The Valandre Tubular Bell construction will keep you warm in the roughest condidtions out there. Totally tubular. FEATURES of the Shocking Blue 800 Sleeping Bag by Valandre Cut of the hood keeps a constant level of insulation over all sides of the head, even on the forehead Draft collar seals the bodies heat into the bag with its revolutionary closure system that comfortably hugs the neck Valandre’s Tubular Bell construction allows the inner and outer fabric to maximize the fat French grey goose down 91 custom cut fabric panels and baffles Down is expanded by your body heat and inflates the compartment and the bag will begin to lift off of your body Foot section presents a trapezoidal form allowing the feet to naturally fall away from each other Increased down load in the foot compartments make even the coldest night more bearable

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