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Gear Reviews: Sleeping Bag

Helium

Manufacturer: Marmot

Reviewed by: CharlesWesleyKim

I've tried several different down bags by different manufacturers. This is by far my favorite. Roomy enough for a side sleeper, although it could use a bit more shoulder space (I wear a 42 jacket). The hood cinches nicely around the top of the head, unlike some other bags. Extremely light and compressible. The zipper is long enough that ventilating the lower extremities is possible (unlike bags with short zippers). The only criticism is that the zipper tends to catch on the baffle, so one needs to be careful while zipping and unzipping. Would definitely recommend this bag and would buy another. These go on sale from time to time, so that's the time to pick up one, as they are rather expensive.
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