Chris Townsend reviews a warm and very light sleeping bag from Patagonia.
This review was first published in the March 2018 issue of The Great Outdoors.
This is a lovely ultralight bag but it is very expensive. I particularly like the centre zip for ease of getting in and out and sitting up in the bag and also for using your hands with the hood up. The zip has three sliders, which means short sections can be opened anywhere – for ventilation and to stick your hands out to cook or read. The look is unusual as most of the baffles run down the bag rather than across it. I haven’t found any advantages or disadvantages to this. The foot box is really roomy. The hood has a baffle round the rim and fits well. The drawcords are hidden inside the fabric but easy to operate once you learn where they are. There’s an insulated shoulder baffle inside, though this isn’t adjustable. The bag is fairly roomy. The stuffsack provided isn’t waterproof – at this price maybe it should be.
Patagonia uses down that is certified to the Global Traceable Down Standard, ensuring that birds have been treated humanely.