Reviewed by Cassie from Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 18, 2014
I was looking desperately for a cheap (yet warm) sleeping bag to go backpacking with in Colorado on short notice. I decided on this bag and I was very pleased with my decision. The bag comes with a stuff sack and although its larger than most backpacking sleeping bags I still found it to be a manageable size for a 3 day backpacking trip. I was most impressed with the warmth value of the bag in extremely cold temperatures; I spent a night with temperatures in the teens and this bag was excellent in keeping me warm.
Definitely a great buy for anyone who is newer to backpacking/camping and just wants a reliable bag for both cold and warm nights in the woods.
Reviewed by SpudChucker from Northern Maine on Wednesday, October 1, 2014
We had a late September backpacking trip planned and two weeks before the departure date, local temperatures dropped to 22 degrees. Knowing that our "summer" bags were rated at 20 degrees when new gave little comfort as they are both more than 15 years old. We scrambled to find new bags. Although we looked at many others, it seemed like a no brainer to basically buy two for the price of one of the other, "trendier" bags. I know, I know - the bags we bought weigh 1/2 lb. more than the others but I'm pretty frugal.
Anyhow, we bought two and used them on our trip (five nights, lowest temperature we encountered was 40 degrees - Murphy's Law). Very good loft, zipper quality is OK. Plenty of room. Compression stuff sacks are a necessity if you're using an internal frame pack. I wish the bags were mateable but they are not.
Reviewed by T from Upstate NY on Friday, September 19, 2014
I ordered two of these based on how much we like our other ALPS products, the great reviews, and the bargain price. While we'll keep one of the bags, I wanted to share with others (who may be carrying some extra weight) to be careful of the size. My husband, who is 5'7" and 200 pounds is unable to use this sleeping bag as it's too tight on him and he literally can't move in it at all. Most of his extra weight is in his belly, and when he tried out the bag it was just too tight around his body. From the picture, I thought this one would be a bit roomier than a typical mummy, but it doesn't seem to be (or at least not enough so for my husky husband). Other than his personal fit issue, the bag seems well made and comfortable. As others have mentioned, it's a bit bulky for backpacking but great for car camping.
I couldn't tell you for sure exactly what type it would need, but it doesn't compress that much so you'd need a pretty big one. The overa size in the sack that comes with it is about the size of a basketball.
Answered on 5/23/2014 6:34:44 PM by JC from Knoxville, Tn
Sea to Summit E Vent - Medium, my 20 deg down fits the Small.
Answered on 5/23/2014 6:38:55 PM by Corey from Ohio
I purchased the Alps Mountaineering Medium compression sack, it works great!!! I stuff my bag down in it instead of rolling it up and putting it in the stuff sack. It compresses down nice.
Answered on 5/24/2014 4:59:52 PM by WV Hiker from West Virginia
The stuff size of the ALPS Mountaineering 20Â°F Echo Lake Sleeping Bag is 18x9"
Answered on 8/29/2012 12:00:00 AM by Prod.Spec. Ryan from Sierra Trading Post
Customer care didn't answer your question so I will...||Using the Medium sized Alps Cyclone compression sack I get it down to 7"x16". ||For what it's worth... The Alps Cyclone series are the best compression sacks available because unlike most, they compress in 2 directions.
Answered on 12/15/2012 12:00:00 AM by Mountain Goat from Colorado