Despise constricting mummy bags? Consider this the antidote. The Tango Solo is a rectangular, 63-inch-wide blanket with a 15.5-inch-deep pocket at the foot for tucking in your sleeping pad. The down-filled tubes on either side naturally weigh down the edges to prevent drafts from sneaking in, but it’s easy to stick a limb out to ventilate if you get too toasty. There’s also an option to tie the sides around your pad via webbing loops, but we never needed it.
The combo of 700-fill DownTek duck down and traditional box baffle construction (internal baffle walls are perfectly perpendicular to the shell and liner) is simple but effective. Not so traditional: the rectangular hood, which, despite the unusual shape, kept us warm (with a beanie) in near-freezing temps while sleeping under a tarp. A caveat for side sleepers: The bag can form an “A-frame” from the edge of the pad to your shoulder, creating large air pockets that are tough to warm up.
As with many quilt-style bags, you sleep directly on your mattress. Because pads can feel rubbery and uncomfortable, we suggest sleeping in long johns.
Despite the extra-comfortable wide cut, the Tango Solo compresses to 15 by 10 inches. Bonus for tall guys and gals: The regular length fits up to 6’4”.