NEMO Equipment, Inc. Strato Loft™ 25

Perfect for car camping and shorter hikes, the NEMO Strato Loft 25 provides the best in roomy backcountry comfort.

Brand: NEMO Equipment, Inc.

Model: Strato Loft™ 25


Car campers who occasionally log backcountry nights found their ideal nest with the Strato Loft. Its rectangular cut and generous dimensions (girth is a full 76 inches at the shoulders) let campers thrash, lounge, and even sit up inside the bag, thanks to zippers on both sides. The extra-long top doubles over in a neck-cuddling “blanket fold,” and a stretchy sleeve on the underside secures a 25-inch-wide pad. “Like sleeping at home,” says one tester, who snoozed in blissful comfort in Wyoming’s Curt Gowdy State Park.

Waterproof/breathable fabric on the footbox protected the 700-fill, DownTek-treated duck down from puddles that had collected on the floor of one tester’s camper van. The DWR-treated, 40-denier shell is more durable than most: Stored alongside mountain bikes and dragged across parking-lot asphalt, it emerged unscathed. Two interior ditty pockets hold a lip balm and a pack of tissues. While not ultralight, the Strato isn’t too heavy for backpacking. “It packs to toaster-oven size, and seems a reasonable burden given the comfort,” one hiker says. But the extra room makes it chilly on nights approaching 30°F, when our tester struggled to heat it and concluded, “It’s best for warm sleepers or mild, 40°F conditions.” $370; 3 lbs. 1 oz.; 25°F;

Less packing, more doing. Strato Loft™ is a grab-and-go bed for overnights on the trail, your aunt’s living room floor or your ‘72 EuroVan. Designed to mate with our Cosmo™ series sleeping pads, the Strato Loft™ has a roomy rectangular cut (4” wider than our Spoon Series bags) and stretch stitching for plenty of room to move. Dual side zips allow you to sit up easily or link 2 Strato’s together. When you wake up in the morning, roll up the bag with the pad inside and store it packed for your next outing. The lightest bed you’ll ever own.

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