Kelly G.

Kelly G.

Kelly G.

Kelly G.wrote a review of on July 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very comfy and warm to about 30 degrees (not 20 unless air spaces are stuffed with extra clothes), and plenty of wiggle room (I'm female, 5'7" 150 lbs). Love the little zipper pocket at the neck for small items, and the double-2-way zipper for ventilation. Does not open all the way, but I still used it as an open quilt on warmer nights. Synthetic doesn't pack as small as down, but for hiking in all weather conditions, synthetic is the safest bet. This bag came with its own compression stuff sack, which is probably the BEST I've ever had. It weights next to nothing, it's strong as nails (and I abused it every day, getting the bag in and compressed) and waterproof! Experiment: I put the whole deal in a sink full of water for 20 minutes and my bag was bone dry! It weighs in a bit heavy for ultra light backpacking, but for all around durability and comfort, the extra weight and bulk is worth it.

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Kelly G.

Kelly G.wrote a review of on January 9, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was looking to reduce my pack weight during a 2014 AT thru-hike. I thought I could drop my nearly 3 lb winter weight bag for a summer bag, even just for a few months. At first, I was thrilled with the great packability and light weight of this bag. But, I seriously froze my tush off every night, in 50-70 degrees (early June through late July)! I would wake in the wee hours and wrap whatever I had handy around my body to stay warm, and shiver my way to morning. This thing does NOT rate to 45 degrees. Additionally, I was annoyed to find that the material is so lightweight (um, cheap) that the seams were coming apart after only a month of use, and the velcro on the "pillow" pocket was creating pulls and holes in the bag fabric. BTW, the pillow pocket is useless, because it's so slippery. And on warm nights your face just sticks annoyingly to the fabric. Yuck, all around, a bad buy. I switched back to my winter weight bag in August and for comfort & durability vs weight, I did not regret it.

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Kelly G.wrote a review of on March 11, 2011

4 5

I bought this jacket for a late spring backpacking trip to Yellowstone later this year. It's incredibly lightweight and packs down about the size of a nalgene bottle. I've worn it only once so far, as a tester. Don't expect to use this jacket as a windbreaker, but it warms up fast with exercise. On a moderate day-hike in 50 degrees, I was sweating and taking it off. I think it'll be just the thing for Yellowstone in the spring. SIZE: After reading many reviews of the 2010 version of this jacket I thought maybe MontBell would have gotten the sizing right for 2011. Not so. If you look at the size chart, it would seem that you could buy your normal size. Don't be fooled. Go one size up. I bought a M, when I'm usually between a S-M, and the M was too tight across the chest (I am a 34B) and the upper arms. The L is slightly too large, but I can move in it and layer under, if needed. Also, FYI: the "gunmetal gray" is actually more black than gray. The "persimmon" is basically blaze orange.

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