Staff Writer May 12, 2008 19

Aspen 40 Ultralight by Marmot

When I bought this ultralight sleeping bag from Dicks Sporting Goods, I was a little skeptical about just how rugged or comfortable this bag was going to be. I took this bag into the Arizona Desert recently where the temps dropped down to the chilly 40 Degrees. The question I had with this bag, would and if the temps dropped lower, would this bag keep me warm? The answer is yes.

The Aspen is just the think for a weekend backpack trip in the late Spring, early Summer. It is a very lightweight 600 Fill Goose Down Bag. The compression sack that comes with it, will be a welcome fit to your backpack. The zipper works well at night when stumbling around to get in and out of it, and the hood comes with easy draw string incase it gets chilly.

I called Marmot to get a feel on how to compare this bag with others that Marmot makes. The “Tech” guy couldn’t really give me all the answers to my questions because Dicks Sporting Goods has the rights to this bag. Yea, Marmot makes this bag exclusively for Dicks Sporting Goods. However, the “Tech” guy from Marmot hinted that this bag (although priced less than $100.00) matches up in quality with all their other bags, and the standard of excellence Marmot puts into their gear, was not compromised on the Aspen. He also “hinted” the bag could probably go under 40 and you would be fine. But, you didn’t hear that from me.

Having tested this bag on a two day hike in the Sycamore Wilderness Canyon in Arizona, I can tell you the bag kept me nice and warm, and I welcomed the weight benifits it gave me. The Aspen 40 Ultralight can be found at Dicks Sporting Goods for $99.00.

Weight: 1.13 oz
Fits: 6.0 ft
Pack size: 6″ x 12″
Temp: 40 Degress

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