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May 23, 2014


NAME: Frances Penn
EMAIL: oldhikergirl AT yahoo DOT com
AGE: 57
LOCATION: Santa Ana, California
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 130 lb (59.00 kg)

I have been backpacking for six years mostly on long weekends in Southern California with two or more 5-day trips per year in the Sierras. My total daypack weight, including food and water, is usually 15 lb (7 kg) and my total backpack weight, including food and water, is usually 26-30 lb (12-14 kg) depending on the need for a bear canister. I have recently converted to a tarp, bivy and quilt sleeping system instead of a tent. I have experienced all night rain, hail, heavy winds, camping in snow once, but mostly fair weather.



courtesy website

Manufacturer: Montbell America, Inc.
Manufacturer's Website:
MSRP: US $299.00
Listed Weight: 24 oz (680 g)
Measured Weight: 23 oz (652 g)
Fill Weight: 11 oz (310 g)
Insulation: 800 Fill Power Goose Down
DWR: Standard Durable Water Proof treatment
Listed Compressed Size: 5.9 in x 11.7 in (14.9 x 29.7 cm) (4.2 L)
Measured Compressed Size: 6 in x 11 in (15 x 28 cm)
Shell: 100% 20 denier ripstop nylon
Lining: 100% 20 denier ripstop nylon
Filling: 90% Down, 10% Feather
EN Ratings:
40 F (4 C) for the Comfort
31 F (-0.55 C) for the Lower Limit
3 F (-16 C) for the Extreme Lower Limit
Shoulder Girth: 53 to 75 in (135 to 191 cm)
Knee Girth: 44 to 62 in (112 to 157 cm)
Finished Size shown on bag: 73 in x 30 in (186 cm x 77 cm)
Sizes Available: Regular and Long
Regular fits up to 6 feet (72 in) (183 cm)
Long fits up to 6 ft 6 in (78 in) (98 cm)
Colors Available: Green exterior with black interior
Color Tested: Green and Black
Zipper Length: 67 in (170 cm)
Zippers Available on both right and left side for mating


The Montbell website categorizes this down sleeping bag at 30 degrees F (-1 C), while the specifications indicate a rating of 40 degrees F (4 C) for comfort and 31 F (-0.55 C) for the lower limit of warmth.

Montbell's patented "Super Spiral-Stretch System" cuts woven nylon fabric on the bias for extra warmth. According to the instructions, orienting the warp and weft threads at a 45 degree angle to most major seam lines creates a warmer bag with less filling. The spiral stitching is designed to draw the bag closer to the body during movement at night to eliminate cold areas. The elasticized thread used for the stitching is done in a gathered manner to create more stretch and comfort. I am a side sleeper and I roll from side to side during sleep. I will be interested to see if I get wound up in this bag as it draws closer to my body during sleep.

zipper at top & drawcord around face

There is a draw cord adjustment around the face opening. There is no draft tube inside the bag just above the shoulders. The zipper draft tubes are single insulated. The upper zipper draft tube is 3 in (7 cm) wide and has three lines of stitching in the black material that run the entire length of the zipper on the side of the draft tube closest to the zipper. The auto locking zipper limits slip and runs almost to the bottom of the bag to facilitate zipping two bags together. The zipper appears sturdy with a hook and loop closure at the top. The zipper starts easily, opens from the top down and the bottom up and locks at the bottom. There are zipper pulls on the inside and outside of the zipper.

zipper at bottom of bag

The bag comes with its own tapered stuff sack which is a little larger at the opening to make stuffing the bag easier. The light gray stuff sack has two drawstrings 3 in (90 cm) apart at the top but does not have a flap to cover the end. The bag easily fits in the stuff sack below the lower drawstring. There is a label on the end of the stuff sack. A cotton storage sack is also included.

end label on stuff sack

size comparison

This is a very lightweight sleeping bag. The trapezoidal shaped toe box provides ample room. When I first crawled into the bag, I didn't want to get out because it was so soft and comfortable. Naturally, the bag feels like it fits closer than the quilt I have been using recently. It will be interesting to get back into a traditional style sleeping bag with a similar warmth rating and see if I enjoy having a hood. I will pay attention to the close fit and warmth provided during my test trips. I can't wait to get this bag into the wild on my planned summer trips to Yosemite, the Sierras and the San Gorgonio area.

Please check back in two months for my Field Report.

Thank you to Montbell and for this testing opportunity.

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