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SlumberJack Sleeping Bag (+++)

Most of my concerns with this bag can likely be solved by trying out a different bag of the same brand. That is to say that my critique does not fall on the brand, but rather the specific model I chose.

I went with the SlumberJack Meridian 50 degree sleeping bag. Technically, the one I ordered was item number 68586L, which was the Meridian Long, but it is no longer available.

SlumberJack Meridian

This bag packs down incredibly small. Mine measures out at an incredibly compact 8″ x 6″. This is due in part to the built in compression straps on the stuff sack, but mostly due to a minimal amount of material. This is advertised as a 50 degree bag, but I would rate it a 60 to 65 degree bag at best. It’s great for warmer weather (like here in Hawaii), but if the night gets chilly and you are in the mountains at all, you are in for an uncomfortably cool night.

In retrospect, I could easily have given up a few inches of room for a better sleeping bag. I’d go with one that’s slightly longer, and more rectangular. A 40 degree rated bag should be great for anywhere here in Hawaii. Even those cooler nights at higher altitudes.

Looking over the specs and the list of choices available now on Campmor.com, I’d likely go with a SlumberJack Talon, rated at 40 degrees. It is a rectangular style, in a long.

SlumberJack Talon

Website: http://www.slumberjack.com
Model Tested: SlumberJack Meridian Tapered Long 50 degree
Specs: SlumberJack >> Sleeping Bags >> Go Light, Go Fast, Go Small

Ease of Use: Setup ++++, Packup +++++, Portability +++++
Comfort: ++
Design: +++
Features: +++
Accessories: not tested
Value: ++++

Best Feature: Compact storage
Worst Feature: Even the long style is too short

Overall rating: +++



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