Reviewed by Magnus from Michigan on Monday, December 1, 2014
This is a 20 degree bag for around $50, so expect it to be about 20 degrees of warmth and bulkier than more expensive brands. That said, it performs well for its price. If you are willing to carry a bit more weight to save some cash, then this is for you.
Reviewed by BeechNutt from Talkeetna, AK on Thursday, November 6, 2014
The Alps Mountianeering 20 degrees Echo Lake Sleeping bag seems to be a great value for the money, however the construction of the bag is basic with no draft collar except around the hood and zipper. It also appears to have a waterproof coating on the exterior of the bag which makes your hands feel like there is a silicone residue on them when you touch it, especially when rolling or stuffing it. The baffels also are very basic and would be more efficient if they were individually sewn.
The bag does compress somewhat for stuffing and I was able to use a size medium Alps stuff sack perfectly with it. It is also an extremely light bag that will be great for backpacking and should be fine for summer use. If you are a minimalist, this bag will be somewhat bulky and will not stuff into your pack.
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.
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