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MARY O.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping


MARY O.wrote a review of on July 6, 2011

4 5

It's a great backpacking jacket. As you folks know, the limitation with goose down is that it can't get wet (which is the only reason why I gave it four stars instead of five); nonetheless, I'm buying my second jacket. I use my first one for backpacking. You need one set of clothes that stay dry anyway, so I use this jacket to sleep in or when I'm sitting in the tent.

However, I found a two other uses for it. I'm one of those people who's always cold (I live in New England, too), and I was always dragging around a jacket like a dork. I found that this is a great jacket to throw in my purse because it compresses so small. It incredibly warm without the bulk. A very fashionable and artsy friend also said how they really liked the jacket (I have the black one). Also, it's a great jacket for travel for the same reason.

EDIT: One more thing. Because of the lightweight materials, you can only wash this jacket once a year. That's not an issue for backpacking, but it prevents being able to use this jacket for daily use.





MARY O.wrote a review of on June 27, 2010

4 5

I just bought this sleeping bag and used it this weekend for a backpacking trip in Vermont. It is ridiculously light.

The temperature at night was around 50 deg F. I wore light cotton pants, a tee shirt, and a fleece jacket. I also kept the bag completely zipped and the hood draped over my head (not cinched). I also used a ground pad. I stayed toasty warm.

It may seem that I had to do a lot to stay warm (fleece jacket, zipped), but I get cold very easily; so I'm not surprised. My former "summer" sleeping bag was rated for 15 deg F.

For an average person, I'm guessing a fleece and a ground pad would get you closer to 35 deg F.

I'd say I'm satisfied with the bag, especially given how light it is. It also packs down to a small size.