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My boyfriend and I enjoy camping and go regularly though out the year. Last year we went camping round Scandinavia for two weeks and I had such a good night's sleep with my Marmot. After always moaning I was cold, my boyfriend bought me this sleeping bag before embarking on our journey. I'd previously owned a Woodlands Train sleeping bag which was the traditional rectangle shape.
Marmot is an outdoor clothing and sporting goods company founded in 1973. The company was founded by two university students in America. Their love of the outdoors was all they needed to start making top quality products. They are the first outdoor manufacturer to use Gore-tex in their products.
The Marmot comes in a nice light blue colour and measures 168cm in length with the circumference width of 147cm. This is definitely for women as when my boyfriend tried it out he found it was a little on the small size. This is not a problem for me; it means I do not have to share! You can get the sleeping bag with a left hand or a right hand zip fastener. As a leftie I thought this was a nice touch. The zipper is a two way zipper and means you can zip two sleeping bags together. This is also good for ventilation.
The sleeping bag weighs 1.25 Kg. I was surprised just how light this sleeping bag was and once fitted inside the stuff bag it comes with, it fits neatly inside your rucksack. It's a little bit of a struggle trying to get the sleeping bag to go into the stuff sack but eventually it goes in. (this measures 21cm x 35cm) However, it is no more of a struggle than any trying to fit any other sleeping bag into a carry case.
As soon as you pull the sleeping bag out of the sack, the Marmot fluffs up ready to jump inside. It is made from Goose down and is deliciously padded and thick. The outer layer is made from polyester and nylon and you can wipe it clean. There are some stash pockets where you can keep your essentials; I normally keep a few things in here and find them quite useful.
The mummy shape of the sleeping bag is very comfortable and is not restrictive. You can sleep on your side, front or back. The foot box at the bottom allows more room for the feet to move around. There is also a heater pocket in the foot section that allows a heat pack to be stored inside. I like the hood of the sleeping bag and it feels warm and comfortable around my head; you can choose to pull the draw strings tight or have the hood loose. There is more insulation around the head areas as this is where you can lose most heat from. The draft collar is elasticized and prevents unnecessary cold air going down your collar; this fastens with buttons.
The comfort temperature is -3 degrees C and to date I've probably used it in conditions ranging from 1 degree to 12 degrees C. In the colder temperatures I was wearing only a thin pair of thermals and I was kept toasty throughout the night. It heats up really quickly, however I noticed that the leg area took a while to warm up. Once warm though the bag retains its heat and is extremely cozy. A perfect bag for what I need it for. I would not recommend using it in conditions lower than -3 degrees; I definitely think this is the optimum temperature. There are other bags by Marmot that have a better performance level and would look at those if I was needed a bag for colder climates. I think Marmot is a great brand and I'm sure this bag will last me many years if I look after it right.
The sleeping bag cost my boyfriend £160 pounds from a camping shop and this had 20% off. Amazon are currently selling it for £176 pounds so I would recommend you shop around.
I'd fully recommend this sleeping bag to any women out there who feel the cold and want a comfortable night's sleep. It is definitely worth the money.
I have been upgrading some of my hiking and camping gear recently and one of the first things I wanted to replace was my rather batterred and well used sleeping bag that is no longer providing the same level of warmth that it once did and also has seen beter days with the off tear here and there and to be honest if it ever got wet it would take an age to dry out as the water would get inside the body of the sleeping bag.
I reently upgraded to a Marmot Womens Angle Fire sleeping bag. Like a lot of women I really feel the cold in my feet and what I like about this particular bag is that it is designed with women like me in mind as there is extra grams of down stuffed into the foot sections of the bag so giving extra insulation in that area. There is also additional down in the core and also more importantly the hood area so you feel nice and warm after only a couple of minutes inside the bag.
It compresses down into a small area using the compression bag, roughly 40x30 I reckon and it weights in at 1.8kg. The blue colour is not exactly my choice but ths was the only one ion the shop and instead of the usual £160 retail price it was on sale for £110 so I was happy to make a compromise for a £50 saving. Havin used it a couple of times now it is very warm and comfortable wiuth a good quality zip and the extra padding also provides more comfort as well as heat. It is good for temperatures down to -10 according to the label but I would not want to put that test to the claim, certainly at about 5 degrees it was very comfortable.
Women usually sleep cooler than men, so this unique sleeping bag increases insulation in areas of greatest heat-loss by women. Designed for women up to 5 ft 6 inches.