One of the pieces of gear I’m always playing with are good quality sleeping bags. There are so many of them and some can get expensive. But for me, it’s a matter of what works. Not the money I spend on them. You can caught up in popular trends or brand name hype.
Last year I wrote a gear review on the Marmot Aspen Ultralight sold at Dicks Sporting Goods. I got a good responce from other hikers that appreciated the “review”, since there wasn’t much data available on that bag.
About a month ago I saw the Marmot Aspen 15 Degree Adventurer at Dicks Sporting Goods. Once again the price intrigued me. This bag is a 2lb 8oz Down Bag. My interest was peaked so I bought it. This bag is sold directly for Dicks Sporting Goods and is not availble through Marmot’s Online Web Site.
I took it out and tested it at around 17-20 degrees to see if it could hold it’s own. I called Marmot to get the scoop. This is what they told me when I asked what bag would be comparible to their web line? They told me it would be the Marmot Sawtooth that weighs in a 2lbs 14oz. That bag is a 600 Fill Goose Down, same as the Adventurer. In fact, most of the specs are the same. The shell and lining…the same.
Once again, I believe this is a good bag for the price. I paid $139.00 at Dicks, which is a far cry from the $200.00 Marmot sells almost the same bag for. The Adventurer was comfy and cosy. This was tested in early Spring when temps still fall into the teens at night. This bag is a definate for early spring, early fall. This is NOT a winter bag. The weight of this bag is just right for a 15 degree bag. With the Hood Draw Cord this wraps around your head nicely. It removes any chance of heat loss. It even has a “stash pocket” for storage.
For early spring time hikes, this bag would be just fine for the budget backpacker. Let us know if you have had any experience with this bag and post a comment.
See you on the trail.