Choosing a down bag

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Re: Choosing a down bag

Post by SSSdave » Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:47 pm


With my 2011 Marmot Pinnacle sleeping bag shell disintegrating and plastered with Gorilla Tape on tears, did my homework yesterday online for current down sleeping bags in the 5F>20F range so this morning ordered from REI this below Aya 15 women's model by Nemo, a $390 list price model. REI had it on sale for $293 and I then received a special 20% online purchase code discount plus a 10% REI membership discount plus had $30 of REI credit so only $225 after taxes.

Perusing all the websites and information noticed there are significant reasons to be very careful selecting down sleeping bags in this online era as there are many products with mediocre specs being sold for high prices mixed in with valid pricing. Especially important to look at actual down fill weights, fill power ratings, and industry standardized temperature ratings versus manufacturer ratings. Probably many sleeping bags are sold in sporting goods stores by look and strong bright colors without people understanding product issues.

The women's size is fine since I am just a thin 5'6". The light metallic color might as well be gender neutral and will allow some modest custom marker artwork. Have a rotisserie sleeping style usually turning each time I wake up and most often just use sleeping bags blanket style while sleeping atop my short Z Lite pad until wee hours when I might get inside and zip up. Will report back here after it gets shipped and use it a bit.

NEMO Aya 15 Down Mummy Sleeping Bag - Women's
Regular - Right Zip
Item # 1847070001

Tested Lower Limit 17 degrees (F) - EN
Tested Comfort 17 degrees (F) - EN
Temperature Rating (F) 17 degrees (F)
Temperature Rating (C) -9 degrees (C)
Weight 2 lbs. 1 oz.
Shell 20-denier ripstop nylon
Zipper Location Right
Insulation Type Down
Premium 800 FP down (RDS) Certified
Water-Resistant Down Yes
Fill PFC-free down
Fill Weight 1 lb. 3 oz.
Lining 30-denier nylon taffeta
Sleeping Bag Shape Mummy
Fits Up To (in.) 66 inches
Shoulder Girth (in.) 58 inches
Hip Girth (in.) 54 inche

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