The new Explore sleep system comprises an insulated down jacket and a sleeping bag. The hooded jacket is designed to be packable and lightweight. It’s filled with ethically sourced natural down and is DWR treated for water resistance.
The fit is relaxed, so you can potter around in it when setting up camp and so that it’s comfortable to sleep in. You get a couple of front pockets and adjustable waist and cuffs.
Rapha quotes a weight of 230g, including the stuff sack. You can remove the hood too, if you want to drop the weight even further. The design includes reflective back and chest logos. The Explore Down Jacket is priced at £220.
It’s designed to be used along with the new Explore down sleeping bag. Below the waist it’s insulated, again with down and with a DWR coating. The top half is just made of uninsulated nylon, so it keeps out bugs and rain, without adding extra weight. There’s a drawcord hood to add extra protection.
There’s a half length zip and a drawcord at the waist to make sure you don’t get a cold spot between the top of the bag and the bottom of the jacket. The bottom of the bag is closed by a drawcord too, so you can open it to waddle around or increase ventilation.
Rapha says that the bag and its stuff sack weigh 270g. It comes in S/M and M/L sizes and is priced at £245.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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