Marmot Aspen 40° F Minimalist Sleeping Bag
The best cheap bag for backpackers
This bag is very light weight (probably the lightest sub 100 dollar bag you can buy), compacts very small for a synthetic bag, and the fabric is very soft yet durable. The zipper can get stuck, and the draft collar can work its way loose if you are moving sleeper. Because its so tight, it warms up rapidly. I slept like a log in longjohns and a long sleeve shirt on a 37 degree outside temp night (I am a warm sleeper and had a big camp meal though) so I think the rating is quite accurate. If you like elbow or feet room this is not the bag for you though. This is perfect though for anyone under 200 lbs and need a cheap bag for backpacking. This combined with a Kelty Tempest (bought also at Dick's) and Kelty Pawnee backpack makes for a reasonable light under 300 dollar big three backpacking setup that will last till you want to upgrade.
December 13, 2012
Excellent Sleeping Bag IF YOU ARE SLIM
If you are overweight do not buy this sleeping bag. I have a belly and found this bag to be overly restrictive and uncomfortable because I was overweight. However, the bag itself is a wonderful product for those who actually fit into the bag. For those of us, who used to camp and loved our mummy bag, it is better to go without the mummy or buy a bag designed for larger guys. I hope this is helpful.
November 15, 2012
Warm, light, but TIGHT
I bought this bag because I needed a small and light bag for 3-season backpacking. Size and weight, packed: this bag really does stuff down small and light - manufacturer's specs are correct - and it seems to fluff up enough that you can stay warm at moderate temps. Construction: At first the zipper would snag on the baffle fabric (that little flap inside that helps keep cold air from getting in through the zip)but once the bag recovered from sitting around scrunched up for months in the store, the zip worked better. I also figured out the proper angle to hold the zipper pull to avoid snags... you'll need to experiment a little. The stuff sack is well-made, with four vertical straps and an integrated webbing strap handle. Use: I really wish this bag had just one or two more inches around the torso and shoulders. I'm female, and short but broad: 65 inches tall but 53 inches around my biggest circumference (measured at chest level, including arms... arms held down by sides.) This bag fits but just barely. I've only used it in warmer weather so far, but I don't think I could stand to sleep in it zipped all the way up in colder temps. It's just too confining for me. For car camping, where weight isn't an issue, I'll go back to my roomier, bulkier bag. If you are skinny, this is a good bag for a good price. Chubby and bulky folks may want to test it in-store before buying to be sure it is wide enough.
August 14, 2012
Great lightweight, compact bag
Tested at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for 2 nights. Night time temperature dropped to 35. Stayed comfortable. Purchased this bag due to its weight and pack size. I am 6'0 and the bag fit well - might consider getting a long bag if you like the extra room. Overall very satisfied with this bag.
June 18, 2012
Works as described
Bought this bag to lighten up my pack. It reduced my carrying weight by about 2 lbs. Had one night that hovered near 40 and keeping it zipped up and around my head I had no issues. I'm 5'10 1/2 and weight 180 & I had enough room in the bag. I recommend the bag for the price. You can go lighter but it will cost twice (or more) as much.
June 10, 2012
Good Sleeping bag for the price
This bag is designed for the backpacker. Its light weight (2 lbs) and compacts down to 7" by 9". Fits easly in yor backpack. I recently took it on a Scout campout at Fire Island. Night temperature was about 40 degrees. The bags kept both my son and I warm. We did wear sweat pants, socks and a Tshirt though. I found it a little small but not that bad. I am 5'9, 150 lbs. I also did not care for the zipper. No inside zipper and as you got it up around you under arms it was difficult to zip up all the way. I still managed to do it any way. I plan on taking this on a 7 day trek in August. If its two warm you can open the bag full length or just sleep on top. But it will be good to have if temps fall. Like I said its very light weight and compacts down well
May 29, 2012
Excellent Sleeping Bag!
I've wanted this sleeping bag for a while but it's always been a little too pricey. The sale price of [$] was fantastic!
May 17, 2012
Perfect bag for cost
The bag was very comfortable. I have used it twice now. One night down to 37 degrees and I was warm all night. I have two other bags and I was surprised that the zipper on this bag worked so good. It didn't move all night. I do wish I had the bag one size bigger though because I am 6 ft tall and weigh 230 and it was hard to roll over in the bag but I knew that before I bought it. I bought it for the weight and size which was perfect
May 14, 2012
Great bag for backpacking light weight and takes up little space. The compression sac thatr come with the bag conpresses the bag to a very packable size. I was able to get my bag sleeping pad and tent fly all in the bottom compartment of my pack. I liked the bag so much I bought one for my son too.
May 1, 2012
Just bought this bag and for the price I doubt you could do better. One of the Most important things to me is weight and size, This thing compacts down very well. Very comfortable, im impressed.
April 23, 2012