Warm & comfortable whe cold & wet
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
My first impression of the sleeping bag was that it felt very tight and seemed to run short. The specs state that the regular fits women up to 5’6”, but I am 5’3” and 120 pounds and fairly petite and the sleeping bag felt very snug on me. In fact it was so snug I had a hard time closing the zipper all the way as I couldn’t quite move my arms when inside. However, after getting the sleeping bag zipped shut using some acrobatic maneuvers I realized that the snug fit is exactly what is needed in a 0-degree bag. I felt completely engulfed in the thick yet very fluffy synthetic bag as there were no air pockets anywhere.
The sleeping bag is fairly heavy and large and doesn’t stuff too well so it is a bit cumbersome if one want to bring it into the backcountry. Ideally this bag is for car camping, short backpacking trips, or any backcountry journeys with support (porters, horses, lamas etc). The bag would also be awesome on bigger expeditions.
Overall this is a very warm and durable sleeping bag. In my experience it seems to be highly water resistant, possibly even waterproof, but I did not test that feature. The bag has retained its loft and still looks brand new after several outings sleeping out. The fabric is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth. The sleeping bag in size regular does run very small and I would suggest anyone taller than me to get the bigger size. Adding a small pocket for stashing a headlamp and lip balm would be a nice added feature, as would improving the zipper pull to make it easier to close it when inside.