Reviewed by Joe from Texas on Sunday, June 2, 2013
My Echo Lake replaces an identical bag that I returned due to a defective zipper. Echo Lake bags tend to run a littlre bit heavy, but are as warm as advertised and the price is unbeatable. Last december, I noticed that the zipper on my new bag was a little stiff in one spot, but figured that was just teething pains, and it would loosen with use. Wrong! It failed on me during a below freeziing night in the Chisos at Big Bend NP. I remated the zipper once in the dark but it didn't hold together. I survived the night by rolling on to the open ends of the bag and holding them together with my weight.
This was my first issues with an Alps Mountaineering bag, I like the design and rice enough that I'm giving the company another chance. ...but I am checking zippers very carefully, exp. on the -20 degree bag, for any signs of stiffness or resistance to sliding before I leave home, and I will make use of STP's liberal return policy. I had a no hassle return experience on my failed Echo Lake