Cold and damp? Get the Sunset 20.
There are few things worse than shivering yourself to sleep on a chilly, damp night beneath the stars. Avoid the scenario with the Marmot Women's Sunset 20 Sleeping Bag. The body-mapped Thermal R synthetic insulation provides maximum warmth while keeping the trail weight to just over three pounds, and the DWR treatment shrugs off morning dews. As an added bonus, the snagless draft tube makes stuck zippers a thing of the past.
- With an EN comfort limit of 22°F (comfort limit refers to the average woman's comfort zone), this bag is best suited for camping in the spring, summer, or fall
- Thermal R synthetic insulation is highly compressible, maintains its loft, and insulates better than down in wet and humid conditions
- Nylon ripstop shell with a DWR treatment provides reliable wind and water resistance
- Women-specific fit features a wider hip zone and extra insulation in the body and feet for those cold nights
- 3D hood construction with a Velcro-free face muff enhances warmth and comfort
- Snag-less draft tube keeps warmth in and eliminates annoying stuck zippers
- Sunset weighs in at just over three pounds, exceptionally light for a synthetic bag
- Includes a stuff sack
- Item #MAR2891
- Q & A
Warm, Comfy Sleeping Bag
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'm a cold sleeper so I don't know if I could truly take this sleeping bag down to the 23F EN Comfort rating, but it is a very warm bag, way warmer than my old 20F sleeping bag ever was (even before it got older and colder) and not any heavier, although somewhat less compressible. I've only used it on one trip so far, but temps got down to 48; I was wearing lightweight long underwear and I was so toasty warm that I didn't even have the bag zipped all the way. I would have been very cold in my old 20 degree bag (which, admittedly, would probably have had an EN rating of 35 when it was new, if the ratings had existed.)
The sleeping bag has a beautiful, silky, Pertex-like shell. Despite its smoothness, it doesn't feel clammy. I did have trouble with the zipper snagging, way more than the other sleeping bags I've had. I bought the Long sized; I'm 5ft 7in and have very broad shoulders and it fit very comfortably. As I mentioned before, it doesn't compress very small, so if you're a woman who hikes with a petite backpack, you might complain about how it fits in your sleeping bag compartment-- but it fits fine in mine. (Also, if you get the regular size it will probably compress smaller.) If you want something much smaller, it will be colder or down-insulated.
This is a very good three-season sleeping bag for someone who spends a lot of time in rainy environments like the Adirondacks. (edit: maybe a little too warm for summer... but I'd rather be too warm than too cold.)
Update October 2016: I've now used this sleeping bag several times (in a tent) when the temperature dipped below freezing. I did not even have the hood drawn close and I was toasty warm in a heavyweight baselayer and wool socks. I love this sleeping bag!
Wonderful sleeping bag
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a great bag that compresses down nicely. I am plenty warm in it down to 30 degrees or so but haven't yet slept out in it colder. It fits me fine as a 5'2, smaller female and there isn't too much extra airspace to heat up but there isn't that feeling of being swaddled. I can get slightly claustrophobic in sleeping bags but I was very comfortable in this bag.
The materials were soft and comfortable against my skin. All in all I'm very pleased with this bag and I'd definitely keep Marmot in mind if and when this thing's had the radish.
I'd recommend it and not feel like I punked my friends. It's a solid little sleeping bag.