Stay Cozy In The Marmot Trestles Sleeping Bag
A sleeping bag is a very important part of camping. On our first camping trip together, we were a definitely clueless about gear and what was good or bad. We ordered $20 bags from Amazon, and headed to Mojave in January. We were painfully cold.
Almost immediately, the search for a "real" sleeping bag began. We tried to learn what the important details were and what brands were good, and how insulation works when camping. We settled on a couple of Marmot bags - the Trestles 30' for women. These bags were great - comfortable, roomy, and soft. But totally not warm enough in the desert in winter. We quickly swapped them out for the Trestles 15'. Kim opted for the women's bag. I (Andrea) am a tad taller and really like my feet to have space, so I wanted the leg room (an extra 6 inches) of the men's version. Conveniently, the zippers are on opposite sides, so when it gets really cold, the bags can be zipped together for warmth!
You may be wondering why we opted for synthetic bags over down. Down provides more warmth for less weight, and is a great option for cold temps. But I'm allergic to down, so we both have to deal with the weight of synthetic bags. This is something that Marmot did well - they made a bag that packs down smaller and lighter than most of the other synthetic bags on the market... and it's warm.
The Trestles has a long list of features... here are some of the highlights that we enjoy the most:
- Fold-Down Second Zipper Provides Easy Access - great for when you get warm, or need an easier escape
- Insulated Collar with Easy Access Cord - soft and squishy, cozy around the face, and cinches to keep out cold air
- Compression Stuff Sack - helps pack the bag small for backpacking
- Stash Pocket - good for tucking away a light or whatever you might want to stash in your bag with you
- Glow In The Dark Zipper Pulls - so great at night!
- Two Way Zipper Sliders - good for venting the toes!
- Zipper Guards - so the zipper doesn't get stuck on the fabric
- Polyester water repellent shell - we accidentally dumped a water bottle out before going to bed, we shook the bag and the water almost all fell off
In our experience with these bags, we would put them on the highly recommended list. They are soft and comfortable, warm with options to be cooler when needed, and they have been durable for us so far. The 30 degree bags were just as nice, but just not warm enough for us.
Marmot uses a "wave construction" on these bags to knock out cold spots, and it seems to work. The foot box is very warm, and there seem to be thicker spots around the bag - the shoulder, feet, and butt area. All the typical cold spots got a little extra padding - smart!
If you're in the market for a sleeping bag, take a look at what Marmot has to offer!
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