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Markwrote a review of on December 28, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Okay, so my review is based solely on "fit" for a tall guy. I bought five winter sleeping bags to test- feel, comfort and dimensions and how durable the materials "felt". In the end I kept only 1 (Marmot CWM). As I sent the 4 others back and did not try them in actual sleeping situations, I cannot comment as to their performance in cold weather- only fit and initial comfort for a 6'6" guy who weighs 215 lbs.

Of the 5 bags, this probably would have been my last choice. However, with that said- it still seemed like a quality bag.
Compared to-
Marmot CMW
Marmot ColMembrain
MH Wraith
MH Lamina Z Bonfire
Of the 5 this one seemed the least comfortable to me, mostly based on it felt a little snug around the shoulders (though I'm fairly broad shouldered), but the nylon material on the inside of the bag was not as soft to the touch as some of the others. This however was to be expected as it was the cheapest bag I was trying as well. I also did not care for the foot box as much on this one.

My suggestion is that the MH Lamina appeared to be quality, but I would probably go with the Lamina Z Bonfire for an extra $20. It felt a little more comfy to me, even though the cut really similar. It may have been just a little extra insulation, though the difference really is going to be nominal at best.

In the end, the last of my 5, but still appeared to be a quality bag. Only rated a 3 based on overall comfort, and probably not a fair comparison to the $700 bag range either.

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Mark

Markwrote a review of on December 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Okay, so my review is based solely on "fit" for a tall guy. I bought five winter sleeping bags to test- feel, comfort and dimensions and how durable the materials "felt". In the end I kept only 1 (Marmot CWM). As I sent the 4 others back and did not try them in actual sleeping situations, I cannot comment as to their performance in cold weather- only fit and initial comfort for a 6'6" guy who weighs 215 lbs.

Okay, in terms of value (Bang per $), this is probably a 5 star bag. If I was more price conscious, I would have gone with this bag. Overall, felt like it would be warm, it was well constructed. Would have been nice had it been an inch or two longer, but most people aren't 6'6", so hard to cut them on that. A little narrow in the shoulder area if you've got wide shoulders like me, but overall, for the price, I would say this is going to be a great sleeping bag. It did come with a compression sack and I was able to get it down fairly small, but it's not going to fit in the bag compartment of a back pack, though good luck getting any subzero sleeping bag to fit there. This packs down to a size bigger than it's down counterparts, but for a couple of inches and maybe an extra pound, if $400 matters to you, that's how much you'll save by going with this bag. I didn't go with this bag, because I liked the comfort of the Marmot bag a bit more and I am not real price sensitive.

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Mark

Markwrote a review of on December 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Okay, so my review is based solely on "fit" for a tall guy. I bought five winter sleeping bags to test- feel, comfort and dimensions and how durable the materials "felt". In the end I kept only 1 (Marmot CWM). As I sent the 4 others back and did not try them in actual sleeping situations, I cannot comment as to their performance in cold weather- only fit and initial comfort for a 6'6" guy who weighs 215 lbs.

I had 2 Marmot bags of the 5 and for overall feel and comfort I liked them best. I didn't go with this one because it had several down feathers in it and I was worried that it might have a small opening somewhere and would continue to leak. However, in terms of general comfort, I don't think you can go wrong with this bag. By the way- the bag looks more like a yellowish green than it was yellow.

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Markwrote a review of on December 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Okay, so my review is based solely on "fit" for a tall guy. I bought five winter sleeping bags to test- feel, comfort and dimensions and how durable the materials "felt". In the end I kept only 1 (Marmot CWM). As I sent the 4 others back and did not try them in actual sleeping situations, I cannot comment as to their performance in cold weather- only fit and initial comfort for a 6'6" guy who weighs 215 lbs.

about the Wraith Sleeping bag
Pros:
- Looked durable and exterior felt like it would probably do really well again wet weather.
- Very warm- could likely handle cold weather without issue- down fluffed up nicely.
- Length was okay for a 6'6" inch guy, though not much room to spare.

Cons:
- I found this to be the case with all the mountain hardwear bags- the shoulder circumference was too tight for me. I'm somewhat muscular and have fairly broad shoulders and while I could fit, it was a little snug, not to the point that I felt claustrophobic, but all the mountain hardwear bags were tighter than the Marmot bags. For a slightly more slender person, I'm guessing it still would be quite comfortable.
- The footbox was a little small for my liking. I don't have massive feet (I guess that's relative, I wear a 12.5 shoe), but the foot box was more constrictive and was just not as comfortable as the Marmot equivalents.

In the end, out of the 5 bags I bought, I probably would have still picked this second of the five, but primarily for it's water repellant properties. Otherwise, it would have been in my bottom 3.

Summation: It's obviously a good, quality winter bag. If however you're broad shouldered and like a little more space, Marmot might be more comfortable in that regard. Also, note that I did not have any of the zipper issues as mentioned in the other review. In fact, I had more zipper snag issues with the Marmot bags than I did with the Mountain Hardwear bags.

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