The Top 5 Down Sleeping Bags – Weight, Warmth Important

Down is one of two types of sleeping bag filling (the other being synthetic filling). Down has fabulous insulative properties, but only as long as it remains dry. Down is also very light for the amount of insulation it provides compared to most synthetic insulation out there. Down is also downright soft and comfortable!

When it comes to choosing the best down sleeping bags on the market today, several factors have to be considered. Price, weight, comfort, and warmth rating are all important factors for backpackers out there. But they all vary depending on the type of hiking. If you like to backpack in the summer only, you won’t worry as much about the warmth rating. Weight is an especially important consideration, especially for the minimalist or ultralight hikers.

This was a difficult task in rating the top 5 down sleeping bags on the market, especially since there are so many different needs. But we think we have a very good list based on the considerations mentioned above. Below you will find our top 5 down sleeping bags.

#5 – Kelty Cosmic 0, 20 Degree $150-$220

[amazon_link id=”B009PRMZMA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic Down 0-Degree Sleeping Bag, Autumn, 6-Feet[/amazon_link]Kelty is one of those brands that you just love because of the impressive value that you get from their products. The price of this bag compared to the others on this list is what bumped it into our top 5. Coming in at $150 for a 20 degree bag and $220 for the 0 degree bag, the Kelty Cosmic is a great deal for the amount of warmth you get. 550 Fill-Power Down is used as the insulation, which is heavier than higher power down, so the bag is a little on the heavy side (for this list). The regular 20 degree version weighs 2 lb 7 oz, the regular 0 degree weighs 3 lb 12 oz. This is a fantastic 3 season sleeping bag that won’t break the bank. Click the image or one of the links below to buy yours today!

[amazon_link id=”B009PRMZMA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B009PRNEY8″ target=”_blank” ]Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

#4 – Marmot Helium 15 Degree $400-$470

[amazon_image id=”B000JM9ODI” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Marmot Helium 15 Sleeping Bag – Cobalt Blue/Dark Azure Long/Left Zip[/amazon_image]

There are two down sleeping bags on this list by Marmot. And while they are the two priciest bags, they are amazingly soft, warm, and lightweight. They are also both Backpacker Editors’ Choice award winners, with the Helium winning 2008’s Gold award. The Marmot Helium is the lower priced of the two, ranging between $400 and $470, depending on whether or not you want the added waterproof and breathable MemBrain outer fabric, which bumps the price up. Lightweight 850+ Fill-power goose down will keep you toasty warm down to 15 degrees without adding too much to the overall weight.  Each weighs 2 lb 5 oz, which is light for a 15 degree bag, and it compresses into a very small package. The Marmot Helium is a fabulous choice for its warmth, weight, and comfort, even if it is a little on the expensive side. Click on one of the following links for more purchasing information.

[amazon_link id=”B015OVGCNS” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Marmot Helium[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B0037SN2Z2″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Marmot Helium MemBrain[/amazon_link]

#3 – Sierra Designs Nitro 0, 15, 30 $250-$400

Sierra Designs Nitro 30 Degree 800 Fill Down Ultralight Sleeping Bag (Long)

Sierra Designs Nitro down sleeping bag is our #3 rated option, and for good reason.  Their bags are labeled as ultralight, and this isn’t an exaggeration. Their warmth-to-weight ratio is fantastic, and their price fits right in with other bags on this list. The 0 degree Nitro has a price tag of $400 and a weight of 2 lb 15 oz. The 15 degree bag costs around $300, and weighs 2 lb 2 ounces. The 30 degree Nitro is a great 3 season bag that costs around $250 and weighs a measly 1 lb 10 oz. With 800 Fill-power goose down, you will stay nice and warm even on cold nights. The stretchy baffles around your upper body help you feel like you aren’t mummified, and the footbox on the 30 degree Nitro zips open for a nice cool draft on warmer nights. The Nitro by Sierra Designs is a great choice of down sleeping bag for any season. If you are interested in getting this sleeping bag, visit Sierra Designs‘ site today!

 

#2 – Mountain Hardwear Phantom 0, 15, 32 Degree $200-$400

[amazon_image id=”B00BQ743B8″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Mountain Hardwear Unisex Phantom 0 Bag Reg RH RED[/amazon_image]

Coming in at #2 on our list is Mountain Hardwear’s Phantom series of down sleeping bags. There is a 0 degree, 15 degree, and 32 degree option, in men’s and women’s.  They range in price from $200 (the 32 degree option) up to over $400 (the 0 degree option). The Phantom employs 800 Fill-power goose down, which offers excellent warmth-to-weight ratio as well as a soft and comfortable lofty construction. They also feature down filled draft tubes that keep cold from seeping into your bag at the openings and zippers. The 0 degree bag weighs 2 lb 10 oz (for the regular size), the 15 degree bag weighs 2 lb (5 ounces lighter than the Marmot Helium), and the 32 degree bag weighs a paltry 1 lb 6 oz. Light, warm, comfortable, and competitively priced, the Mountain Hardwear Phantom series of down sleeping bags is a winning bag for all seasons. Below are the links to get more ordering information on the Phantom bags.

[amazon_link id=”B00BQ741YW” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00AYH8DQ2″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 15 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00EF43QTE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

#1 – Marmot Lithium 0 Degree $490-$550

[amazon_link id=”B0161YP4T0″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Marmot Lithium MemBrain Down Sleeping Bag, Regular-Left, Orange[/amazon_link]Our #1 rated down sleeping bag is the Marmot Lithium. This bag is very similar to the Marmot Helium down at #4, but with extra insulation that should keep you warm and comfortable down to 0 degrees. It is also a Backpacker Editors’ choice winner. The Lithium does this by utilizing the same 850+ Fill-power goose down that is employed in the Helium. This down offers the best warmth-to-weight ratio. This sleeping bag compresses to a very small overall size, which when coupled with its weight of 2 lb 12 oz, makes for a very portable, lightweight, and compact package. The Lithium MemBrain ($550) adds a breathable waterproof fabric to the outside of the bag, increasing its durability while protecting the insulative properties of down. One reviewer notes that this bag is “as light as a feather and warm as a oven.” Well said. This is the winner of our survey and is rated the best down sleeping bag on the market. Click one of the below links to get the #1 down sleeping bag today!

[amazon_link id=”B0161YP4T0″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Marmot Lithium[/amazon_link]

Summary

Obvisouly, with only 5 spots on the list, we had to leave off some excellent down sleeping bags. What did we miss? What is your favorite down sleeping bag? Did we get the list right? Let us know in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!

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Mountain Hardwear Phantom Sleeping Bag Series

If you are looking for a top of the line backpacking sleeping bag with mid-level prices, the Mountain Hardwear Phantom sleeping bag series should be given a first look. With down sleeping bags in the 0 degree, 15 degree, 32 degree, and 45 degree ratings, there is an option for every type of hiker out there. So whether you are a summer trekker or a winter backpacker, the Mountain Hardwear Phantom series of sleeping bags offers an option for your camping needs. Let’s look at the different sleeping bags and what they have to offer below.

Features

[amazon_link id=”B00393BHPM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR Sleeping Bag Phantom 0° long black (Design: left)[/amazon_link]The Phantom series of sleeping bags from Mountain Hardwear is insulated with 800 fill goose down for a very high fill to weight ratio. The liner is very soft and comfortable as well. The outer liner is made with super light 15D ripstop, allowing for an ultralight package with a somewhat strong exterior. The mummy style sleeping bags are cut snug to maximize warmth and minimize extra weight. The 5 inch baffles maximize loft of the 800 fill goose down, adding comfort and warmth (this is something that many reviewers are really impressed with, including us).

Another feature of the Phantom series of sleeping bags is the design of the interior. The Comfort Footbox allows for natural foot placement while sleeping, increasing comfort and warmth. There is also an insulated draft tube along the zipper, keeping heat from escaping along your side. The hood is designed to be pulled tight against your face, with a down filled gasket keeping drafts away from your face.

The breakdown of the weight for the four Mountain Hardwear Phantom series down sleeping bags is as follows (regular – long)

  • Phantom 0 Degree Down: 2 pounds 10 ounces – 2 pounds 14 ounces
  • Phantom 15 Degree Down: 2 pounds 1 ounce – 2 pounds 4 ounces
  • Phantom 32 Degree Down: 1 pound 7 ounces – 1 pound 8 ounces
  • Phantom 45 Degree Down: 1 pound 3 ounces – 1 pound 3 ounces

These four models come in men’s and women’s sizes, and can be configured with the zipper on the right side or left side.

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The Mountain Hardwear Phantom series of sleeping bags is one of the premier down sleeping bag lines on the market today. They offer incredible warmth and comfort, and every model is less than 3 pounds. The Phantom 32 and 45 degree models are so light and compact that you won’t even notice you have a sleeping bag in your backpack at all. Whether you need an ultralight summer sleeping bag or a bag that will keep you warm in cold weather (and still very lightweight), the Mountain Hardwear Phantom series of sleeping bags is a top choice for any backpacker. Click on one of the links below to purchase your Mountain Hardwear Phantom sleeping bag today.

[amazon_link id=”B00393FBBI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 0F Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00314BTFC” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 15F Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00314IWG6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32F Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00314F3YA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45F Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

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Kelty Cosmic Sleeping Bag Series

The Kelty Cosmic sleeping bag is a versatile option on the market today. With different temperature ratings, the Kelty Cosmic sleeping bag allows you to purchase exactly the right bag for your backpacking needs. Whether you are a summer trekker or a winter wet and wild backpacker, there is a Kelty Cosmic model that fits your needs, and most importantly, your budget. Let’s look at the features of the Kelty Cosmic sleeping bag below.

Features

[amazon_link id=”B009PRMZMA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic Down 0-Degree Sleeping Bag, Autumn, 6-Feet[/amazon_link]The Kelty Cosmic sleeping bag offers a full collar neck baffle, an insulated hood baffle, a zipper draft tube, ground level side seams and differential cut to provide you maximum warmth. The fill of the Cosmic is a synthetic insulation called CloudLoft Pro. There are internal liner loops, which allow you to add additional liner insulation. There are also sleeping pad securing loops that allow you to attach your bag to your sleeping pad to help make sure that you get the best night’s sleep. An included stuff sack allows you to compress your sleeping bag down to a reasonably compact packing size.

There are multiple options when it comes to the Kelty Cosmic. Here is the breakdown of the temperature rating and the weight (regular – long):

  • Kelty Cosmic 0 Degree Synthetic: 4 pounds 11 ounces – 5 pounds 1 ounce
  • Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree Synthetic: 3 pounds 9 ounces – 3 pounds 14 ounces
  • Kelty Cosmic 35 Degree Synthetic: 2 pounds 5 ounces – 2 pounds 7 ounces

It is important to note that the Kelty Cosmic 35 does not include the insulated baffles, because it is more of a warm weather sleeping bag. This helps cut down on unnecessary weight as well, making this sleeping bag in the regular size a very lightweight option.

The down Kelty Cosmic options utilize 550 fill goose down and feature many of the same features as the synthetic models. The breakdown of the temperature rating and weight of the down Kelty Cosmic models is as follows (regular – long):

  • Kelty Cosmic 0 Degree Down: 3 pounds 11 ounces – 3 pounds 14 ounces
  • Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree Down: 2 pounds 8 ounces – 2 pounds 12 ounces

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The Kelty Cosmic sleeping bags all come very highly recommended by our staff of writers. The affordable price tag is very appealing, and there isn’t a whole lot in the features and weight categories that are lost from similar temperature rated sleeping bags on the market. I have used my Cosmic 35 on many summer backpacking trips, and have been very impressed with its comfort on nights that have dipped close to freezing. If you are looking for one of the best values from a line of sleeping bags, consider purchasing one of the Kelty Cosmic sleeping bag options. Click one of these links below to make your purchase.

[amazon_link id=”B004K1GQGM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic 0 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004K1D9OO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004GDB600″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic 35 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004K1GQDA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004O706S6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

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Kelty Light Year Sleeping Bag Series

The Kelty Light Year series of sleeping bags offers many different options for backpacking enthusiasts around the world. Kelty is a name synonymous with value in the outdoor world, as they often create gear that is affordable, yet loaded with features and built with high quality materials. The Kelty Light Year sleeping bag series can be broken down into a few categories, so let’s look at the features and specifications of these bags below.

Features

Light Year Down 0 Degree

[amazon_link id=”B004K1KN0M” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag, Regular , Molten Lava[/amazon_link]The Light Year 0 degree down sleeping bag is for cold weather backpacking expeditions. The insulation used is 600 fill power down, which is lightweight and very compressible. The Light Year is equipped with sleeping pad loops, which keep your bag connected to your sleeping pad. It also features ground level sealed seams, an insulated hood baffle, and a full baffle neck collar, all designed to keep body heat inside. Internal liner loops allow you to insert a sleeping bag liner to add extra insulation. There is a zippered chest pocket that allows you to easily store important items that you want to keep close to you and warm inside the bag.

The down Light Year sleeping bag comes in regular and long sizes, with the regular weighing 3 pounds 10 ounces, and the long weighing 3 pounds 13 ounces. A storage compression sack is also included, and allows you to compress the down sleeping bag to roughly the size of a soccer ball.

Light Year Down 20 Degree

[amazon_link id=”B004H8Z83U” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year 20 Degree Down Sleeping Bag, Long , Russet[/amazon_link]The Kelty Light Year 20 degree down sleeping bag has the same features as the 0 degree bag discussed above, but has less down fill. It is rated to 20 degrees, and the regular weighs 2 pounds 13 ounces and the long weighs 3 pounds 2 ounces.

Light Year Down 40 Degree

[amazon_link id=”B004H8X80K” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year 40 Degree Down Sleeping Bag, Regular , Lemon[/amazon_link]The Kelty Light Year 40 degree down sleeping bag is a great summer camping option. With all the same features as the 0 and 20 degree down bags discussed above, the 40 degree has less down fill, dropping the weight for the regular to 1 pound 13 ounces, and the weight for the long to 1 pound 15 ounces.

Light Year XP 20 Degree

[amazon_link id=”B004LR5WI8″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year XP 20 Synthetic Sleeping Bag, Regular, Dark Citron[/amazon_link]The Light Year XP 20 degree sleeping bag is a 3 season synthetically insulated alternative to the down options above. The insulation is Ecopet Soft, and truly is soft and comfortable. It weighs 3 pounds 5 ounces in the regular and 3 pounds 9 ounces in the long.

Light Year XP 40 Degree

[amazon_link id=”B004LR5WHE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year XP 40 Synthetic Sleeping Bag, Regular, Blue Aster[/amazon_link]The synthetic version of the summer sleeping bag is a great option for backpackers who like to trek during warmer weather. Weighing a paltry 2 pounds 4 ounces for the regular and 2 pounds 9 ounces for the long, the Light Year XP 40 degree sleeping bag from Kelty is a lightweight synthetic option that has all the same features as the XP 20.

 

 

 

 

 

All of these sleeping bags are right side zippered for the men’s and women’s versions.

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The Kelty Light Year series of sleeping bags offers a tremendous amount of value for the features that are included with their sleeping bags. The Light Year Down 20 degree sleeping bag was named by Backpacker Magazine as the ‘killer 3-season deal.’ Down sleeping bags are lighter than synthetic models, but loose their insulating ability when they get wet. If you are looking for an affordable ultralight backpacking sleeping bag, look no further than the Kelty Light Year series. Click on one of the following links to purchase one of these sleeping bags today.

[amazon_link id=”B004K1KN0M” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004H8Z83U” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year 20 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004H8X80K” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year 40 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004LR5WI8″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year XP 20 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004LR5WHE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year XP 40 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

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The North Face Aleutian BX Sleeping Bag Series

There is a lot to like about The North Face sleeping bags. There are many different models to choose from, ranging from lightweight synthetic insulation rated to 40 degrees, to heavy duty winter down insulated bags for extreme weather backpacking. The Aleutian BX series of sleeping bags offers a different type of sleeping bag depending on your preferences and depending on your applications. Let’s take a look at some of the features and highlights of the different Aleutian BX sleeping bag options on the market.

Features

Aleutian 3S BX

[amazon_link id=”B0058YCZPQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 3S 20F Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]The Aleutian 3S BX sleeping bag features Heatseaker synthetic insulation that offers 3 season warmth down to 20 degrees. The synthetic fill will keep you warm even if the bag gets wet. The shell is made of soft ripstop nylon that also features The North Face’s Windstopper technology. This technology offers maximum wind protection and breathability. Weighing only 3 pounds 6 ounces for the regular (or 3 pounds 12 ounces for the long), the Aleutian 3S BX sleeping back is a lightweight option for backpackers. A roll top stuff sack is included, and will allow you to compress your bag down to a very compact packing size.

The Aleutian 3S BX also comes in a woman’s configuration with the same features and the men’s discussed above.

Aleutian 3S Down

[amazon_link id=”B0078D2ZDC” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 3S Sleeping Bag: 20 Degree Down Deep Water Blue, Reg/Right Zip[/amazon_link]The Aleutian 3S Down sleeping bag is similar to the 3S BX bag discussed above, but is filled with 600+ Hungarian grey goose down. The down filling is lighter than the synthetic filling, making the total weight for the regular a measly 2 pounds 6 ounces, and the long 3 pounds 7 ounces.

There is also a youth 3S Down and 3S BX model, that offers the same features, but is smaller in size (weighing only 2 pounds 7 ounces with synthetic fill and 2 pounds 12 ounces with down fill).

Aleutian 2S BX

[amazon_link id=”B006ZKOK5A” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 2S 40F Synthetic Sleeping Bag - Regular Size Left Hand[/amazon_link]The North Face Aleutian 2S BX sleeping bag is a lighter weight, 2 season sleeping bag with all the same features as the 3S BX. It is rated for 40 degree weather, and with a lighter fill, only weighs 2 pounds 1 ounce for the regular and 2 pounds 4 ounces for the long.

Aleutian 1S BX

[amazon_link id=”B006ZOM9S6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]THE NORTH FACE Aleutian 1S Bx Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]The North Face Aleutian 1S BX sleeping bag is an even lighter weight sleeping bag, ideal for summer month camping and backpacking. It is rated for 55 degrees, and weights a paltry 1 pound 10 ounces for the regular and 1 pound 12 ounces for the long. This is an excellent choice if warm weather backpacking is what you dig.

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The Aleutian series of backpacking sleeping bags from The North Face offers a lot of versatility to the market. If you are a 3 season backpacking enthusiast that often spends cold nights on the trail, the 3S BX or 3S Down options are best suited for your needs (depending on what type of fill you like). If you see yourself backpacking is slightly warmer than freezing temperatures, the 2S BX model is a great choice. If you are a summer only backpacker, the 1S BX option is a perfect fit. The nice thing about these options is that as you go towards warmer bags, the weight starts to drop. For ultralight backpacking, it is essential to shave off as much weight from your pack as possible. It is also important to stay warm during cold nights. Look at these different options, and choose a bag that is right for you. Click one of the following links to purchase one of these sleeping bags.

[amazon_link id=”B0058YCZPQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 3S Synthetic 20 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B0078D2YXI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 3S Down 20 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B0078D3E8C” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Women’s Aleutian 3S 20 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B006ZKOK5A” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 2S Synthetic 40 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B0058YD2ZI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 1S Synthetic 55 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

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Kelty Coromell Sleeping Bag Series

[amazon_link id=”B009PRNQ4G” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Coromell 0-Degree Sleeping Bag, Orange, 6-Feet 6-Inch[/amazon_link]Kelty has been making affordable high quality outdoor gear for a long time now, and they have put out some impressive sleeping bag options that rival some of the best known brand options with regards to features, comfort, weight, and especially price. The Kelty Coromell line of sleeping bags is no exception. With two different temperature rated options available, one at 0 degrees and one at 25 degrees, the Kelty Coromell down filled sleeping bag offers 4 season and 3 season sleeping bag features with a competitive price tag. Let’s go over the features of the Kelty Coromell sleeping bag below.

Features

The Kelty Coromell 0 and 25 degree down filled sleeping bags are designed to offer you more room to move around in while you sleep. If you are a mobile sleeper, ie you toss and turn naturally, than the Coromell is a perfect option for you. There is an insulated hood baffle to provide your head with extra warmth. There are also internal liner loops that allow you to attach an additional internal liner for additional insulation. Sleeping pad security loops keep your mattress or pad under you at all times. Exterior hanging loops allow you to hang your sleeping bag up to dry or to air out after a long trip.

A cool feature of this bag is that two Kelty Coromell sleeping bags can be zippered together to form a double-wide sleeping bag for two. One Coromell can also be unzippered and used as a blanket. If you don’t need the hood during a warmer weather backpacking trip, the hood can be removed to save weight.

Both the 0 degree and the 25 degree Kelty Coromell sleeping bags feature 550 Fill Power Down. This is a very compressible down, and offers lightweight comfort and insulating properties. The weight of the two options breaks down as follows (regular – long):

  • Kelty Coromell 0 Degree Down: 4 pounds 1 ounce – 4 pounds 7 ounces
  • Kelty Coromell 25 Degree Down: 2 pounds 15 ounces – 3 pounds 4 ounces

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

[amazon_link id=”B004H8V5R8″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Coromell 25 Degree Down Sleeping Bag, Long, Molten Lava[/amazon_link]The Kelty Coromell delivers when it comes to comfort and portability. While these sleeping bags are not the lightest on the market, they are designed to be roomier than other options are. They are designed as semi-mummy, semi-rectangular for extra room that would be perfect for any backpacker who is not keen on tight spaces or constricted sleeping quarters. If you like what you have read about the Kelty Coromell sleeping bag options, click one of the following links to purchase one today.

[amazon_link id=”B009PRNQ4G” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Coromell 0 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004H8V5R8″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Coromell 25 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

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Marmot Sawtooth Sleeping Bag Series

[amazon_link id=”B0058TY06I” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Marmot Sawtooth MemBrain Down Sleeping Bag, Regular-Left, Blue[/amazon_link]The Marmot Sawtooth series of sleeping bags offers a lot of bang for your buck. The Sawtooth and Sawtooth MemBrain models offer warmth down to 15 degrees, and an abundant amount of comfort and features usually reserved for sleeping bags in the upper tier (and therefore upper pay scale). Let’s go through some of the key features and highlights of these high quality backpacking sleeping bags.

Features

Marmot Sawtooth 600 FillThe Sawtooth series of sleeping bags utilizes certified 600+ fill power goose down to provide a high weight to warmth ratio. There are several features that help keep heat in while you sleep. The zipper has a locking mechanism, keeping the zipper form opening up at night. There is also a down filled draft tube that prevents heat loss through the zipper. A down filled collar and Nautilus 6-baffle hood keeps your face warm and prevents heat loss through the opening.

The sleeping bag can be connected to another Sawtooth for double-wide sleeping. These sleeping bags also employ the use of a trapezoidal foot box, to maximize comfort for your feet. There is also a handy stash pocket for storing nighttime essentials in the warmth of your bag.

The Sawtooth MemBrain (formerly Sawtooth EQ) sleeping bag utilizes a two layer waterproof (yet breathable) Pertex Shield shell. This keeps water from reducing the insulating properties of your down bag. If you plan on backpacking in wet weather, a waterproof down bag is essential for your comfort and safety.

The weights of the Sawtooth sleeping bags are as follows (regular – long):

  • Sawtooth 15 Degree Down: 3 pounds 1 ounce – 3 pounds 7 ounces
  • Sawtooth MemBrain 15 Degree Down: 3 pounds 4 ounces – 3 pounds 8 ounces

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The Marmot Sawtooth and Sawtooth MemBrain (formerly Sawtooth EQ) sleeping bags offer an affordable lightweight down sleeping bag option for cold and wet weather backpacking. These sleeping bags are very comfortable to sleep in, and provide ample warmth below freezing temperatures. With the added waterproofing of the MemBrain model, you can rest assured that you won’t lose warmth if your bag happens to get wet while hiking or while in your tent. Marmot makes high quality backcountry gear, so click the following link to purchase your Sawtooth sleeping bag today.

[amazon_link id=”B0058TY0LI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Marmot Sawtooth 15 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B0058TY06I” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Marmot Sawtooth MemBrain 15 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

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Marmot Helium Sleeping Bag Series

The award winning Marmot Helium and Helium MemBrain sleeping bags are some of the lightest 15 degree sleeping bags on the market today. Because of their overall weight, Backpacker Magazine awarded Marmot’s ultralight bags their 2008 Editor’s Choice Gold award. But just because the Helium and Helium MemBrain bags are lightweight doesn’t mean they are lacking in warmth and features. Let’s look at some of them below.

Marmot Helium

Features

Marmot Helium 850 Fill

The Marmot Helium sleeping bags are insulated with certified 850+ fill power goose down, which is the best weight to warmth down on the market today. The down is certified at an independent facility in Salt Lake City, Utah before being used in any of Marmot’s sleeping bags. This down exhibits excellent loft, and one of the coolest things to witness is to take your bag out of its compression sack and watch it expand like a balloon.

There are several features to these bags that are designed to keep you warm and comfortable through cold nights. An insulated draft tube keeps warmth from exiting through your zipper. A Natuilus 6-baffle hood prevents heat loss through the opening around your face. The outer material is made of a durable yet flexible material that prevents wear and tear but allows your baffles to expand to their maximum loft.

The Helium MemBrain model features a waterproof Pertex Shield shell and Pertex Microlight lining fabric. This is a great feature, as we all know the problems that can occur when down sleeping bags get wet. Even though this sleeping bag is waterproof, it is also quite breathable, allowing for an all around comfortable sleeping experience.

The weights of the Helium and Helium MemBrain sleeping bags are as follows (regular – long)

  • Helium 15 Degree Down: 1 pound 15 ounces – 2 pounds 6 ounces
  • Helium MemBrain 15 Degree Down: 2 pounds 5 ounces – 2 pounds 9 ounces

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The Marmot Helium and Helium MemBrain sleeping bags are two of our top choices of ultralight sleeping bags here at Backpacking Samurai. Most sleeping bags this light fall in the 2 season or summer sleeping bag categories. With the ultra soft 850+ goose down used to insulate these sleeping bags, you will have a comfortable and warm nights sleep without breaking your back with extra weight. The waterproof features of the Helium MemBrain sleeping bag lets you rest assured that even if water gets into your tent, you won’t lose the insulating properties of the down, possibly putting you in a dangerous situation. If you are looking for an award winning ultralight down sleeping bag capable of keeping you warm in cold weather, the Marmot Helium sleeping bags are for you. Click on the following link to pick yours up today.

Marmot Helium Sleeping Bag

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