Backcountry maybe, backpacking - heck no

Reviewed by Presto from Rural Nevada on Sunday, March 20, 2011
This bag (or one identical from ALPS) was my first sleeping bag. I bought it intending to use for 2-3 day backpacking trips.

That was a mistake.

First, besides my 3L reservoir when fully filled, this is the single heaviest item in my pack. Worse, even packed down with a compression pack, it still single handedly takes up the majority of the main compartment of my 65L pack. With the main compartment filled, I end up having to share some items with other backpackers because I can't fit all of my own. It's hard to manage weight distribution due to this as well.

A few other thoughts:
The rating is about 20 degrees lower than actuality.
The cinch clips are very cheap. The outer one broke on my third trip using it, and the inner will at most last one more trip before it breaks off.
The zipper by the feet constantly snags, and takes a good amount of time to work loose and realign.
The bag itself is comfortable, provided it's not below 40.
This decent budget bag for standard camping and car camping, which is why it made three stars.
  • Best Uses: 3 Season Camping, Car Camping
  • Cons: Heavy / Bulky, Inaccurate Temp Rating, Packs Too Large, Zipper Snags Easily
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Comfortable
  • Was this a gift?: No
  • What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven
Previous Review “Best I've experienced so far.”