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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2014

Gear Review: NEMO Mezzo Loft Luxury 30

Compact sleeping bag is a cozy and warm delight.

by: Allison Woods

NEMO Mezzo Loft Luxury 30 (Courtesy Photo)
NEMO Mezzo Loft Luxury 30 (Courtesy Photo)

Sleeping Bag 
Carrying your bag no farther than from the car trunk to the tent site? Trade the mummy for bed-like comfort with this rectangular synthetic bag. On a push-the-limits testing trip in Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness, the Mezzo performed admirably, even when the mercury dropped into the teens—well below its 30°F rating. In warmer weather, you can roll the bag open like the lid on a tin of sardines, thanks to twin full-length side zippers (bags can also be zipped together). Sleeves keep your sleeping pad and pillow in place, and a pair of shoulder-height interior pockets stow eyeglasses and headlamps.

Stretch stitching snugs the bag to your body, reducing interior volume, while the slightly oversized hood let belly-sleepers comfortably tuck their arms in there. Everyone loved the “blanket fold,” a flap of insulated fabric that can be tucked in at chin level. Warning: Like many synthetic and/or rectangular bags, it’s heavy and bulky. $250; 4 lbs. 12 oz.; nemoequipment.com

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