“ Manufacturer: Marmot / Equipment Type: Camping „
A few weeks ago I went to the Lake District on a camping trip. It was not just any old camping trip however: instead of staying in a tent we instead stayed in a pod - a small, self contained wooden unit that contained series of windows and a heater. However, there being no bed it was necessary to bring our own bedding for the floor. I had an old, well-worn sleeping bag, but my boyfriend's dad offered me a nearly new Marmot bag he had been given by a friend but never used. I immediately accepted, being aware of Marmot's reputation and quality.
The Marmot bag oozes quality. This is a sleeping bag designed to be enjoyed during the most adverse conditions, and it is a pleasure to look at, too. The bag has a 'mummy' design, that it is wider around the shoulder area, and tapers down to a narrower point around the feet. It is also equipped with a 'hood', which makes the bag feel very snug around your head when you are sleeping out. The hood is also slightly elasticized, so will mould itself around your head in order to exclude a draught and keep the warm air in.
The sleeping bag has chunky horizontal panels filled with goose down. Being so very soft and a great insulator, this makes a huge difference to the warming capabilities of the Marmot bag. If anything I was just too warm in the bag, and that is something I very rarely say about sleeping bags. The goose down also made the bag feel very soft as well as warm, and it had the comforting feel of a duvet.
The design of the zipper also added to the comfort of the Marmot bag, as it is equipped with a set of guards that minimizes the cold metal feel, as well as making it more difficult to nip your flesh with the teeth of the zip.
The bag usually retails at around £300, and I certainly do not go camping enough or go to such extreme locations as to justify spending so much on this sort of product. I am thrilled to own a Marmot bag however, and cannot emphasize enough how snug it is to use. There is no doubt that a bag like this would last for many years, and would be warm and comfortable enough to keep you warm even in the iciest of conditions.
According to Wikipedia Helium is the second lightest element and is the second most abundant in the observable universe.
So what is the Helium EQ?
The Helium EQ is a sleeping bag but not just any sleeping bag this is the M&S of sleeping bags.
Made by Marmot, an American based company producing top quaity outdoor gear since 1977, this bag is a dream to sleep in. Filled with goose down it has a waterproof outer making this the ideal sleeping bag for the great outddors.
So what makes this sleeping bag so special:-
The outer fabric of the bag is made from Marmot MemBrain which is a waterproof and breathable fabric. This bag can be bought with just the standard material outer but it is worth the extra to have a bag that can repel the condensation which you often get in your tent when it is cold.
This bag is filled with certified 850+ goose down. The down is a multi-dimensional structure that insulates by creating pockets of air that retains your body heat. Any rating above 700+ is excellent quality.
The shape of the bag is important to keep you warm but also be functional and cofortable. This bag has a trapezoidal foot box which allows you more room for your feet. This means that it is wider in the toes and narrower at the heal area.
The hood could rival the hood of a jacket. With 6 chambers of down in the hood your head will certainly stay warm. The draw cord for the hood is well positioned for easy use.
This creates a warm down gasket around your face, keeping the drawcord away from the face.
Stuff & Storage Sack
A nylon stuff sack is included for use when you are out but you also get a storage sack which allows the down to fluff up when you aren't using it.
To prevent any draft coming through the zip the bag has an insulated draft tube. On the inside there are zipper guards to stop you zipping yourself into the bag!!
Baffles are the sections in the bag which have the down in and are stiched. Marmots stretch tricot baffles provide ultimate strength, durability and bag life.
Size on Shoulder - 158cm
Size on Hip - 147cm
Size on Feet - 102cm
Lower Limit - (-11.5 C)
Extreme Limit - (-30.7 C)
Comfortable Temperature (-4.8 C)
Marmot Guaranteed For Life
Marmot guarantee every product they make for the life of the product. They believe the best thing for everyone and the environment is to make products that last.
£280 - £350
A number of years ago I went on a sea kayaking trip to Greenland. We wrer cwild camping along the way and although it was July the air temperature did drop significanly at night. More importantly than buying thermals and warm clothes I decided that I certainly wasn't going to skimp on my sleeping bag.
After talking to a few people at work and doing some research I decided on the Helium EQ and I certanly have not regreted it.
The waterproofness of the outer was a major selling point for me. Not only from the aspect of keeping the down dry from condensation but also if the worst should occur and my boat leaked I wanted it to keep dry.
The outer does mean that the bag is a bit noisy when you move, a kind of rustling noise, but nothing too bad.
I found that the outer did get wet from condensation but quickly dried when hung out in the sun.
This bag is classed as a 3 season bag but does have a good amount of down inside. It was important for me to have a bag that would keep me warm even in minus temperatures. I was never cold in this bag, it kept me nice and toastie. I even stayed in it and ate my breakfast because it was so nice!! In the UK I've found it too warm but ideal as a duvet rather than lieing inside it.
This bag fits me well, not at all claustrophobic and I can turn around inside it.
I didn't really like the hood at first but after getting a cold head I soon snuggled right in and pulled the dwarcord tight. All that stuck out was my nose and it got cold!! It's a great hood and the drawcord is in an easily accessible place.
Stuff & Storage Sack
The storage sack is basic. Its just a nylon bag with a drawcord so I didn't use it. I had a compression sack from a previous sleeping bag which I use as it means I can get the bag really small. The large cotton storage sack is great for storing the bag in when I'm at home so that the down doesn't het flattened.
The zippers work well though do occasionally get caught on the zipper guard but that's easily remedied.
An expensive bag but well worth it for keeping you warm and dry in cold climates. I wouldn't be without this sleeping bag and with a lifetime guarantee from Marmot it will be with me for a long time to come.