Gear Review

3 5

All good but....

Recently I bought a Marmot Atom and I was highly impressed by its weight and excellent design. However, when I tested this out camping in Northern Chile for a week with temperatures of between 5 and 10 C (40 and 50 F) I had an unpleasant discovery: this bag is nowhere near capabale of its supposed minimum. Even with my entire stock of warm clothing on I just managed it keep warm. Basically it seems the reason Marmot was able to make this bag so light is that they didnt put any down in it. My advice: this is a good bag but buy one that has a much lower rating than your needs

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It is so much warmer in a sleeping bag with only undergarments on than wearing all your clothes! Cold air is trapped in the bag with you when fully clothed and you're better off shedding a few layers before getting in.
Really one should be in the buff. If you wear any clothing, you will sweat into them, rendering them useless and in fact you will get very cold very fast. Your body heat will insulate the bag, but it can't do that if you're dressed. Trust me!