Bundle of Bags
See all the summer, 3-season, and winter bags from our 2012 Gear Guide. Sleeping pads too!
Slim mummy bags are great for their thermal efficiency, but if you’re tall, wide, or both, you might want something with a little more elbowroom. Big guys loved this spacious, semi-rectangular, 650-fill down bag, which still packs reasonably small despite its increased internal dimensions. Our 6’2”, broad-shouldered tester raved about the extra room in the ever-so-slightly tapered footbox: “There was adequate kicking room so I didn’t feel like King Tut.” And he loved the option to vent the bottom of the bag and lay the hood fully flat for mild nights.
The self-described “very, very warm sleeper” appreciated this extended-temperature-range versatility on several 55°F nights in Channel Islands National Park, where he slept “comfortably without waking up in a pool of sweat.” You can even use the wrap-around zipper to open the bag fully and use it like a blanket for cabin camping. The 2D Permashell fabric, a 33-denier nylon with DWR finish, breathed extremely well on both steamy and chilly nights. “It did a magnificent job at keeping me nice and cozy down to 22°F,” said one warm-sleeping tester after a trip in Joshua Tree National Park. “I usually end up feeling clammy sometime around 2 a.m., but this bag breathed so well that I stayed dry.” That helps the down stay dry as well, preserving loft.
Downside: Due to the Trek’s semi-rectangular cut, it’s slightly heavier and a bit bulkier than other bags in its class (11 x 9 inches in its included compression sack), but for bigger-framed folks, it’s a worthy tradeoff. $289; 2 lbs. 11 oz.; 12°F; seatosummit.com