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Ray Mears 3-Season Down Sleeping Bag - Black Bear

Ray Mears Bushcraft

Ray Mears 3-Season Down Sleeping Bag - Black Bear


Weight: 1302 g         3 reviews
The Ray Mears 3-Season Down Sleeping Bag - Black Bear is a luxurious sleeping bag, designed exclusively by Ray Mears for Woodlore. The Bear Range of down sleeping bags have been in development over a number of years, having been tested by Ray and the Woodlore Team all over the world to ensure a supreme product for our customers.

The Black Bear is predominantly designed to be used during late spring through to early autumn within the UK. However, it is also suitable for use in colder regions, proving itself in laboratory tests to provide safe insulation at temperatures as low as -10°C. The outer fabric also benefits from 10,000mm of water resistance and 10,000g/m2/24h of breathability.

The Black Bear is manufactured using the highest quality materials, including ethically collected goose down, giving a fill power of 880 cuin. With the impressive capability to compress in to a dry bag of just 22 litres and with a weight of 1.302kg this bag is ideal for expedition travelling. Due to the nature of the down filling inside these sleeping bags it is important to ensure that the sleeping bag is not left compressed for extended periods of time as it will decrease the fill power over time. As such each bag is supplied with its own large storage bag and a drysack for use when out on trips.

All of our down sleeping bags utilise a central-zip design, featuring a useful protective flap at the top to ensure that your face does not come directly in to contact with the zip. The central-zip is a simple feature which makes a huge difference in the field. Originally found in military sleeping bags, it makes getting in and out of the bag far easier than traditional side-zip designs. More importantly, it allows the user to comfortably sit upright while still keeping their lower body inside the bag, making it possible to change clothes in stages from within the warmth and comfort of your bag. As any cold-weather camper will attest, this is a very welcome feature when the temperature drops!

The Black Bear is made in a tapered 'mummy' shape, keeping unused dead space to a minimum, while avoiding the restrictive feeling so often associated with this style of sleeping bag. At the head is a roomy, full-size hood with internal drawstrings, allowing you to create as snug a fit as you desire. A baffle with a drawstring runs horizontally across the inside of the hood with hidden Velcro fastening tabs, providing extra support and insulation around your neck. A second internal baffle runs down the full-length of the central-zip, ensuring that your body does not come into direct contact with the zip while also keeping out any draughts. An additional feature is the inclusion of two inner pockets, placed either side of the central zip on the chest area. These Velcro fastened pockets are ideal for keeping your valuables hidden and protected.

  • Performance rating: 3 Season
  • Filling: Goose Down
  • Fill power: 880 cuin
  • Fill weight: 750 g
  • Extra filling in foot area
  • Comfort temperature: +5°C
  • Minimum comfort temperature: -5°C
  • Weight: 1.302 kg
  • Internal length: 215 cm
  • Length from top of zip to feet: 198 cm
  • Length of zip opening: 124 cm
  • Internal width at shoulders: 90 cm
  • Internal width at feet: 50 cm
  • Packed size in storage bag: 80 x 40 x 40 cm approx.
  • Compressed size in dry bag: 41 x 22 x 22 cm approx.
  • Compressed volume: 15.5L approx.
  • Two internal pockets
  • Central YKK zip with full-length baffle
  • Zip can be accessed from both inside and out
  • Adjustable, full-size hood
  • Ortlieb Dry Bag included
  • Storage bag included
  • Designed by Ray Mears
  • Made in Poland
  • Colour: Black

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Product Reviews

Ray Mears 3-Season Down Sleeping Bag - Black Bear is rated 5/5 based on 3 customer reviews.

All of our product reviews are from customers with verified purchases.

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  1 of 3

  The swing tag on this bag reads 'We have endured sleepless nights so that you don't have to'. This vividly recalled to mind my earliest camping experiences with every night spent shivering under starry skies. I'm happy to say that there's very little chance of that scenario with the black bear. In fact, it's hard to imagine how cold it would have to be in UK conditions to really test this bag. Sleeping bag dimensions are critical - too narrow and the bag can feel warm but uncomfortably constricted, too wide and the bag can feel roomy but potentially draughty. I would think that the sizing of the black bear would be close to perfect for most people. This bag is an excellent compromise, roomy but snug and warm. I've always hated the feeling of getting tangled up inside sleeping bags when turning over, so the first thing I did with the black bear was to put on some base layers, get inside and turn over multiple times. I'm delighted to say that while I was moving around, the black bear certainly wasn't, and it consistently avoided twisting around in the way that many bags do. The loft of this bag is amazing. When it arrived, I was expecting a tiny parcel meaning that I would need to lay the bag out flat for a few days and shake it regularly to redistribute the down, but it arrived in a huge cardboard box, uncompressed in the storage sack, which is typical of the care and attention to detail which Woodlore put into their products and whole mode of operation. The main body of the black bear rises approximately 7' from ground level, which gives an idea of the thickness and warmth. In terms of specification, it contains 750g of high quality goose down. Consider that for a moment. Imagine getting a big handful of goose down and feeling the warmth of it, considering how light that handful actually is. Now imagine the amount of down that would be needed to weigh the same as a large loaf of bread, surrounding and cocooning you in a sleeping bag, and that will give you an idea of the warmth of the black bear. As a lifelong sufferer of cold feet, I'm delighted to say that the extra filling in the footbox works brilliantly and means blissfully warm feet. Because of the centre zip, it also works well flipped over and used as a quilt, being significantly wider and roomier than a conventional backpacking quilt, although for this use a slightly longer zip would make it absolutely perfect. Inside the compression sack, my black bear weighs close to 1.5kg on my scales, but unless I was bivying on a Scottish mountainside in January I would be happy and confident to use it in any UK conditions, although it would probably be overkill for warm summer nights. The build quality is superb, with a strong and free running zip. One of the annoyances of down sleeping bags is feather shedding, but I can't imagine that this would be an issue with the black bear. I thoroughly recommend this bag as a high quality, luxurious sleep system on which you can rely.  

  Barry Cheadle
14th December, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 3

  Polish down best in the world, went for hike to Highlands before lockdown, nice and cosy and warm especially paired with the Hildebrand 1man tent. Switched off heating at home, open windows and sleep in it at home as more snug then my Duvet.  

  Andrzej Bernard Szajna
26th March, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 3

  So far, only had a chance to test this in the back garden on a basic sleeping mat with no tarp (clear night and temperature down to about 6 degrees celsius). Very warm and comfortable and surprisingly light. Had no trouble compressing it into the dry bag and it takes up less room in a bergen than I imagined. Markedly an upgrade on my previous kit.  

  Shaun Mcnamara
14th September, 2018

Rated: 5/5

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Does this sleeping bag have the same dimensions as a standard sleeping bag?

The Bear Range of bags have been specifically designed to be longer and wider than a standard sleeping bag to ensure plenty of room and reduce any restrictions.

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