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Gear Report: The Airbender Sleep System
Posted on July 12, 2014

We know selecting good gear makes a huge difference. From an expedition shelter and an alpine utility pack to a warm down sleeping bag or a lightweight, wicking shirt, picking the right piece to complete your kit can make the difference in transforming your average weekend trip into an epic adventure. This truth is the reason we focused our brand on building technical, performance-oriented gear more than five years ago.

The results have been stellar, with 18 industry awards that span our development spectrum, from the Alchemist Pack to the latest Gear of the Year innovation found in the revolutionary Airbender Sleeping Bag. But more than just the hero products, the process of building exceptional gear and the knowledge we gained have filtered down to every product that we make. As a result, the entire range of our gear provides the confidence to head outside and explore.

As our annual Gear Event hits full stride, we’ve decided to dig a bit deeper into how the Guide-Built process has generated such a long list of award-winning products. We’re starting with this video on the genesis of our new Airbender sleeping system. Watch and enjoy. —LYA Editor

The beta:

Our guide team built this bag with one idea. Set a new standard for fast and light performance without sacrificing safe and warm. Best–in–class materials include an ultralight, tough, 15–denier Pertex® nylon shell. Top of the bag is insulated with 850 fill StormDown™ powered by DownTek™. The cutting edge DWR technology makes the goose down highly resistant to moisture, retaining its loft and full insulating power even in wet conditions. Bottom of the bag is insulated with ClimaShield® HL synthetic for superior performance in all weather. A patent–pending design integrates an inflatable, insulated pad that’s sewn directly into the bag. No need to carry a separate pad, and no extra straps, sleeves, hooks, hardware, or packaging. The stuff sack includes a built–in hand pump for inflating the pad. A true minimalist. With full–throttle performance.

Author: - Saturday, July 12th, 2014
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  1. Christie

    Super innovative! My only question is, as leaks in inflatable pads are inevitable over time, how do you find and repair a leak in this pad if it’s connected to the bag?

  2. LYA Editor

    Hi Christie,
    You would find & repair the pad just like you would any other pad.
    Fully unzip bag – expose the pad and use small amount of water on the seams to find bubble.
    Small patch kit included with bag.
    -LYA Editor

  3. Ronni

    How much does it weigh?

  4. LYA Editor

    Hi Ronni. The Airbender weighs 3 lbs. 1 oz. for the Regular length; 3 lbs. 5 oz for Long.

  5. Somer Nelson

    Now that looks like something I would like. Great review!!

  6. Donna

    Two questions …

    (1) What are the dimensions of the Airbender when packed as shown on the website?

    (2) With the integrated pad, what are the care instructions? For example, can the Airbender be washed?


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