Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2

Logan here with a review of the all new for 2017 Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2.

We recently purchased the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2 backpacking tent and had a chance to try it out in Joshua Tree National Park. Our Initial thoughts? We were very impressed. We intend to use it on longer backpacking trips soon, and will update this with any new findings about the tent as they come. In the meantime, here are our thoughts after unboxing and our first use.

What is It?


 

The Copper Spur HV UL 2 is a brand new redesign of Big Agnes’ best selling Copper Spur UL series. An ultralightwieght, double wall, three season tent, the new design features more vertical walls to make a much roomier tent than its predecessor, without adding floorspace. At the same time, the new HV series of the Copper Spur features Big Agnes’  “proprietary patterned double rip-stop nylon fabric,” which makes the tent a hair lighter than the previous version, and claims to do so without sacrificing durability.

Price, Weight, Comfort Paradox


 

When it comes to tents; price, weight, and comfort operate on a sliding scale. You can typically have two, but forget about getting all three. I do think the new Copper Spur strikes a good balance in this department though, with price being the main casualty of the three. It may not set you back the 1,000 dollars that some tents might, but with prices starting between 350 and 400 dollars, it is hardly a budget item.

Weight and Livability


 

As for weight, the Copper Spur HV UL 2 comes in at a lean trail weight of two pounds twelve ounces. This surely qualifies it as an ultralight tent in anyone’s estimation, and it surely does in mine. With that said, the “trail weight” that manufacturers list is typically a misleading number. The tent body, rain fly, and stakes weigh in at 3 lb. If you add in the rain fly to go with it, the total weight is 3 lb. and 6 oz. I would guess that this is more like the actual weight you will be carrying on the trail, and at just over 1.5 lb per person, this is still extremely lightweight. More than likely, you are using this tenet to sleep two, so split the poles and body between the two of you and you will hardly notice it weighing down your pack. Speaking of your pack, the poles break down to just 19 inches, so fitting them in your pack is a cinch. (Weights include all the stuff sacks that come with the tent and rainfly.)

 

While I mentioned earlier that I do consider price to have been something of a casualty in achieving the ultralight weight of this tent, the same cannot be said for livability.  Often times, backpackers opt for a tent that claims to accommodate one more person than they intend to sleep in it, to ensure a comfortable living situation. This is not necessary with the Copper Spur HV UL 2. Indeed, this tent really does live up to the  “high volume” in its name. Michole and I had more than enough room, whether we were settling into our sleeping bags to go to sleep, or just passing time reading. For us, it is important to be able to sleep with our heads at the same end of the tent, and the Copper Spur HV UL 2 easily accommodates this arrangement. There are also a number of pockets to place gear in throughout the tent, as well as places to hang things like lights.

Rain Fly and Doors


 

In our Zero to Outdoors: Complete Gear Guide, I said that livability was more than floor space and headroom. It is also about having enough gear storage so that you are not taking up your precious floor space and headroom with that gear. The Copper Spur HV UL 2 excels here as well, offering a rain fly with two Vestibules: one for each door. Oh yea, did I mention it has two doors? Some might point to a second door as an extra ounce, but I think it is more than worth it. I find this particularly true if you are both sleeping with your heads at the same end of the tent. No one really wants to be crawled over in the middle of the night. But back to the Vestibules: Each one zips down the middle, allowing you to open either half of it, while leaving the other half in place. This feature, and their ample size, allows you to keep your pack, boots, and other gear stored on one side, while you enter and exit through the other, not having to crawl over your gear to get in or out of the tent.

 

The rain fly also sits with plenty of room between itself and the main tent body. This gives plenty of room for condensation to exit the tent at night, and keeps the two tent walls from flapping together in the wind, making for a peaceful dry night.

 

The doors are actually one of my favorite things about the tent. They zippers work well, and the doors are well thought out. For starters they are huge, and open to one side, which works perfectly with the vestibule, allowing you to keep your gear covered while crawling out the other side. Furthermore, this setup does not allow the doors to hang on the ground when unzipped like some tents do: We are looking at you Sierra Designs.

Setup


 

While I could say this about most of its features, the setup is one of my favorite things about the new Copper Spur. Utilizing a 1 pole, hub style system, there is not much guesswork when it comes to setting this up. And to top it off, the poles are even color-coded to match the holes they go in! One person can easily accomplish the entire setup in 2 minutes, allowing your partner to start cooking dinner!

Fast Fly Setup


 

For those in arid climates looking for an ultralight setup, or for those caught in a downpour trying not to get their tent soaking wet, the Copper Spur HV UL 2 offers a fast fly setup. This allows you to pitch the tent using only the rain fly and the footprint.

Final Thoughts and Features


 

Beyond all of the obvious things to love about the Copper Spur HV UL 2, is the way the little details make it feel. Nothing about the tent feels shabby, or flimsy, which I think is quite impressive considering how lightweight the tent is. The poles feel sturdy, the zippers are smooth, and so far the paper thin fabric has lived up to its billing. The fact that most of the main tent body is mesh is great for stargazing when camping on isolated mountain tops, but people using the tent in more crowded confines may see this as a negative. It does allow great ventilation though.

 

Overall, we are extremely happy with our new Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2, and we can’t wait to take it on a very long trip in the future. If we have one gripe about this tent, it is that you have to buy a footprint separate. This isn’t much of a deciding factor, as almost no manufacturer sells includes footprints with tents, but for the price, we think they should.

 

The Obvious question: Is it a worthwhile upgrade over the Original Copper Spur to upgrade? I can’t honestly answer that, as we have never used the older model. I do feel that it is a better all around tent. So if money is no object, then go for it! Otherwise, You will probably be fine in your original Copper Spur for the foreseeable future. While the new HV offers a few improvements, that tent was not ridiculously popular for nothing.

Check back soon to see our video review and setup demonstration. If you would like more information about choosing the tent that is right for you, head over to our Zero to Outdoors: Complete Gear Guide.

Manufacturer Claimed Stats


 

Vestibule Area 9 / 9 sqft / 0.8 / 0.8 sqm
Trail Weight 2lb 12oz / 1.25kg
Packed Weight 3lb 1oz / 1.40kg
Packed Size 4″ x 19.5″ / 10 x 50cm
Number of Seasons 3
Number of Doors 2
Footprint Weight 6oz / 170g
Floor Area 29 sqft / 2.7 sqm
Fast Fly Weight 964g

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Jetboil MightyMo

Jetboil MightyMo

It’s late; you are just finishing up a long day on the trail. Maybe you are arriving back at basecamp after an 18-hour summit push. You are exhausted, maybe hot, maybe cold, but definitely starving. So you need something to cook up that delicious Mountain House dinner on. Enter the MightyMo, by Jetboil. If you are looking for a compact, lightweight canister stove, then read on. The Jetboil MightyMo just might be what you are looking for.

What is it?

 

The Jetboil MightyMo is a lightweight, ultra-compact canister stove that weighs in at just 3.3 oz. and only costs around 50 dollars.

 

“So what?” You might ask. At its weight and price point, it fits comfortably among other canister stoves, but really does nothing special to stand out. Its features, however, are what set the MightyMo apart from the competition.

Features


Non-Integrated

 

This is the first canister stove by Jetboil that was not part of an “integrated system.” Integrated canister stove systems come with a single pot that connects to the stove, and no other pots or pans can be used with the stove. By contrast, the MightyMo is compatible with virtually any pot or pan that will fit on its burner.

Adjustable Flame

 

Most canister stoves have two heat settings: wide open, and off. For this reason, they have historically been relegated to the job of boiling water for freeze-dried meals; a task they excelled at. This is also the reason that having a single compatible pot wasn’t much of an issue, as you would only be using the stove to do one thing.

 

Historically, the two main complaints against canister stoves were: 1. There was no way to simmer or cook anything on low, and 2. Cannister stoves lost pressure and heat in cold weather and at high elevations. The MightyMo fixes both of these problems by allowing you to adjust the heat of its flame. With a maximum of 10,000 BTU, the MightyMo boils a litre of water in about three minutes, making it extremely competitive at that task. What sets it apart though, is that you can turn that flame up or down, depending on your needs. This means that you can scale it back if you are a backcountry gourmet who needs to simmer a bit of sauce, or make sure you don’t burn your pancakes. It also means you can crank up the pressure to use this stove in cold weather and at higher altitudes. Jetboil claims consistent performance down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and we can verify this down to just below freezing, as that is the coldest temperatures that we have tested it in so far.

Stability

 

The arms that fold away for a tiny packed stove fold out to offer a fairly solid stovetop. It is still a small surface though; so don’t expect to just throw a full sized skillet on there without extremely careful balancing and placement. It also comes with a foldable tripod base to sit your canister on. This is a nice feature, but some ultra lightweight backpackers will leave it behind, not feeling that it offers enough added stability to warrant the extra half an ounce in their pack. Personally, we use the GSI Halulite Microdualist Cookset, and there is enough room for the stove, tripod, and fuel canister to pack away inside it, so bringing it along is totally worth it for us.

Cons


So far, things have been pretty rosy when it comes to my feelings toward the MightyMo. And overall, I do feel pretty rosy toward it. That all comes with one big caveat.

 

If you are familiar with the MightyMo, you are probably wondering why I never mentioned its piezo lighter, which Jetboil describes as a “convenient, reliable push-button lighter.” The reason I did not include it as a feature? I don’t consider it one. Period. Piezo lighters are known for being unreliable, and the one included on this stove is no exception, whatever Jetboil may claim. Virtually all of the negative reviews I found for this stove were aimed not at the stove itself, but at the push button piezo lighter. It failed us on our third weekend long trip, and it will fail on you too: maybe on your first use, maybe after a year, but it will fail, and probably nearer your first use than one after year.

 

For us, this is not a deal breaker. Many of the MightyMo’s competitors don’t even offer a starter. Instead, they simply rely on being lit with a match or an external lighter, which is how stoves have traditionally been lit. I honestly don’t understand why Jetboil did not go this route with the MightyMo, as it would have eliminated virtually all of the complaints about the stove, and saved a half of an ounce to boot. So if having an auto-igniter is a must, then don’t buy this stove, it isn’t auto-igniting, and shouldn’t claim to be.

Conclusion


 

Overall, I love the Jetboil MightyMo. I don’t really care that it is not an auto-igniter stove. I just carry a lighter and matches, which you should always carry in the backcountry anyway, and light it manually. In my mind, this is a small tradeoff for a great little stove that offers big features. I highly recommend the MightyMo for anyone looking for a lightweight, ultra compact stove with excellent simmer control and high performance in cold weather and at high altitude. Just don’t expect an auto-igniter.

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Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles – Women’s

Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles – Women’s

Hi Everyone! This is Michole with my review of the Women’s Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles. If you are just trying to decide if you want or need trekking poles, check out Logan’s post To Trekking Pole or Not To Trekking Pole.

 

If you decide that trekking poles are for you, I suggest checking out the Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles.

Size and Weight

 

The Distance FLZ Poles are extremely light and very packable. When the poles are collapsed, I can easily hold them in one hand. The women’s poles come in two different lengths, while the men’s poles come in three different lengths. Since the poles are adjustable, each size has a different range of lengths. At 5’6”, I opted for the longer of the two because my standing flat ground length is 115cm.

Women’s

Short:

  • Usable length 95-110cm
  • Collapsed length 34cm
  • Weight per pair 440g (15.52oz)

Long:

  • Usable length is 105-125cm
  • Collapsed length 37cm
  • Weight per pair 455g (16.05oz)
Men’s

Short:

  • Usable length 95-110cm
  • Collapsed length 34cm
  • Weight per pair 440g (15.52oz)

Medium:

  • Usable length 105-125cm
  • Collapsed length 37cm
  • Weight per pair 455g (16.05oz)

Long:

  • Usable length 120-140cm
  • Collapsed length 40cm
  • Weight per pair 470g (16.57oz)

These weights are about as light as you can get for adjustable, aluminum poles. This means that the Distance FLZ Poles are pretty much a best value for price to weight ratio. Since the poles are so light, it is very easy to swing the poles forward with every step. Even after a 16-mile hike, I hardly notice them in my hands. They are also among the most packable trekking poles available.

Both Poles Collapsed and Held in One Hand.

Comfort and Usability

 

The handgrip is made of lightweight EVA foam that is very comfortable. The wrist strap is a little less comfortable but it is very breathable and it wicks away moisture. The straps are also easily adjusted with the Velcro strap on the outside. For now I have left my wrist straps, but it would not be a problem to replace them with a more comfortable pair.

 

The fact that the poles are adjustable is a huge factor for me. This gives me the opportunity to adjust the height depending on the terrain. We typically hike in the mountains, so I love being able to shorten the poles for climbs, and lengthen them on the descents.

Break Down and Assembly

 

I was surprised at how easy the poles are to assemble. To assemble: just hold the grip and the first shaft section, and pull them apart until they snap into place. The snap is the button locking in place. The whole process takes about one second, and is one of the key features in Black Diamond’s Z-Pole Series. To adjust the height, there is a lever towards the top of the poles. Pull back on the lever and slide the poles to the desired length. To break down the poles, simply press the button and slide the first section in. Then, pull apart the other sections. It is as easy as that! The cord that holds the poles together is covered in a flexible tubing that protects the cord when the poles are folded.

Lever and Button on the Poles.

Flexible Tubing Covering the Cord.

Overall

 

The Black Diamond Distance FLZ poles have been a wonderful set of poles for me. They have helped me try to keep up with my type one muscle fiber having husband! But seriously, they have helped me climb steep ascents with terrible footing and helped me keep my balance climbing to and descending from snow-covered peaks.

 

I love the light weight, packability, and adjustability of these poles. The assembly process helps me hit the trails earlier, while the break down process leaves me with little work when I need to stow them. My one and only complaint is the comfort of the wrist straps, and this would not hold me back from purchasing these poles again.

If you want to check out another amazing trekking pole, here is Logan’s review of the Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec Trekking Poles.

 

Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec Trekking Poles

Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec Trekking Poles

Logan here with a review of my Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec trekking poles. Spoiler alert, I love them! (From here on out, I will just refer to them as “Micro Varios”)

Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec Trekking Poles in Their Stuff Sack.

I got the Micro Varios as a replacement for a pair of REI Carbon Exp Vario Trekking Poles. So before I go into my review, let me say a quick word about those. The REI poles were a great idea: folding, extendable, carbon poles, with an aluminum bottom section. This struck a great balance between price, weight, and durability (the bottom being the most likely piece to break, and aluminum being stronger than carbon fiber). They also had quite comfortable foam grips, and very plush wrist straps. Unfortunately the poles had a few fatal flaws that undermined the brilliant idea. Firstly, the cord that bound the pieces together was fabric, with no rubber coating, meaning that it was bound to fray and break over time. More immediately though, the sections screwed together. Not only was this a bit of a pain, but they would constantly loosen over the course of the day, and this eventually stripped the threads, thus leading to their sad demise and subsequent return to REI.

Size and Weight

The most immediate difference I noticed after exchanging my old poles for the Micro Varios is just how micro they are! With a collapsed length of just 15 inches, they were nearly two inches shorter than the REI poles, but being fully aluminum they are able to be much skinnier without sacrificing strength. This leads to them being between one half and one third the size of the REI poles as a bundle, when broken down. In fact, they break down to about the same size as Michole’s Women’s Black Diamond distance FLZ adjustable poles, which are a bit shorter and are known for being extremely packable. And at just 18.3 ounces, they are only about 3 ounces heavier than the carbon poles from REI. As for adjustability, the Micro Varios can be used from 110 to 130 cm.

Women’s Black Diamond Distance FLZ on the Left, Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec on the Right.

Comfort and Usability

The Micro Varios boast a cork grip, something usually reserved for poles above their price point. The grip is definitely smaller than the REI poles, but they are very ergonomic and even in my fairly large hands, they are quite comfortable. Furthermore, they have a wonderfully designed rubber pommel on the top of the grips, and a foam grip under the actual grip. When using an ice axe and crampons, I like to keep a trekking pole in my off hand. In these situations, I never wear the wrist strap on my pole, so that I can easily discard it if I need that hand for a self-arrest. Descending steep snow and ice in this way, the pommel is a godsend, allowing me to constantly get the few extra inches I need, to use the pole as a cane, providing great reach for a third or fourth point of contact. When I am using the wrist straps, they are extremely comfortable, and quite easy to adjust. In fact, the wrist straps were a key feature, along with the cork handles, that set these poles apart from the Black Diamond Distance FLZ poles, when choosing my replacements.

Leki Micro Vario Poles Extended.

Break Down and Assembly

The Micro Varios use a very effective tensioning cord, with a beefy rubberized coating to keep the poles together, a huge upgrade from my old REI poles. The “Speedlock 2” system used to adjust the length is another bonus. It allows you to tighten or loosen the locking mechanism with a hand, even a gloved one. This is a huge bonus compared to most adjustable poles, which typically require a coin, knife, or some type of tool to adjust the tension on the locking mechanism.

Assembling and breaking down the poles is also, quick, simple, and efficient, using metal button that locks into place after extending the upper section of the poles. This in turn locks the lower sections. No more fumbling around screwing sections together, only to have them come unscrewed a few miles later! When it is time to stow the poles, simply push the button, and the poles collapse.

Leki Micro Vario Poles Break Down. Notice the red levers for adjustable length, the coating on the cord, and the adjustable wrist straps.

Overall

All in all the Micro Varios are a great set of poles. While average in weight among their most closely related competitors, they proved above average at virtually everything else. Their packability is second to none, their locking systems are easy to operate and adjust, and never came apart, even when used in snow, ice, and mud. Their comfort also sets them apart from other poles in their price range, with cork grips, a great pommel for caning down hills, and a long foam grip under the grip to choke up on the pole for violent inclines. A plush wrist strap only adds to this advantage, setting them apart from the Black Diamond distance FLZ poles, in particular.

I would definitely recommend these poles to anyone in the market for a pair of folding, adjustable poles. I have put them through enough rigors already to make me confident that they will not need replacing for quite sometime, but I strongly suspect that when the day comes to retire these poles, I will replace them with another pair of the same.

Want more info on trekking poles? Check out our trekking pole how to/buyer’s guide, and Michole’s review of the Black Diamond distance FLZ trekking poles.

Osprey Stratos 36 Backpack Review

Osprey Stratos 36 Backpack Review

Hiking, Trekking, and Backpacking with the Osprey Stratos 36 Backpack

 

If you have ever thought it would be a great idea to throw some gear in your trusty old backpack from college and go on a hike, there is a good chance that you quickly realized it was not such a good idea after all. You wouldn’t go for a run in your dress shoes (at least I hope you wouldn’t), and you shouldn’t try to go hiking with a bag made for carrying books around a college campus. Not to mention, your doctor would probably tell you that the typical book-bag is not good under any circumstances. With this in mind, I figured it was time I follow my own advice and invest in a real backpack. Enter the Osprey Packs Stratos 36, small enough to easily double as a personal item when flying, but large enough to get Michole and myself through a day hike, or me through an overnighter.

Ridgeline Between Bighorn and Ontario Peak.

Comfort

The comfort level for this pack is through the roof. Osprey “airspeed suspension” keeps the pack just off of your back, allowing you to keep your back cool, and shifting the weight firmly onto your hips, and off of your shoulders.

Carry capacity

At 36 litres, the Stratos is not really a backpacking pack, but it served me well for two overnight trips, using compression straps (bought separately) to hang a tent and other necessities off the sides and back of the pack.  While there was plenty of sway from the load being too far away, the weight stayed on my hips, and the hikes were not unbearable, though admittedly they were both only a few miles. In short, it’s a great daypack for two, and a solid overnight pack for one. Anything longer and you might venture into the realm of the Stratos 50, unless you are an ultra lightweight camper.

Accessibility

The dual entry system, front and top, allows for easy access to gear. Though perhaps not quite as convenient to pack and unpack as a true front loader, it really does a great job of combining top loading stability with front-loading ease of access. The Dual sleeping pad straps worked well, though they may come up a hair short depending on the size of your pad. They worked well with my Thermarest Prolite long. Anything larger might be a stretch though, as they are fully extended for my pad. The “stow on the go trekking pole” attachment did not work for my Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec trekking poles. They were too short to reach from one to the other. With that said, they did fit well in the dedicated ice axe carry loop. This was convenient, but obviously doesn’t work if you are also carrying an ice axe, as unlike the Osprey Atmos or Aether, the Stratos only has one ice axe loop. For these instances, I was grateful for the stuff sack that Leki includes with the poles, as I would store them in my main compartment.

Would I Recommend?

ABSOLUTELY! This is a fantastic pack, and though it lies at a somewhat awkward size between daypack and backpacking pack, it fills that middle ground with grace. If money’s no object, perhaps a Stratos 24 and 50 could round out your kit perfectly, but for a hiker on a budget, the Stratos 36 is about as well rounded as they come.

One Word of Warning

The pack fits me perfectly in a large, but I am told that for those few who fall between sizes, the patented airspeed suspension that is such a boon for most of us is quite uncomfortable. With this in mind, it might be worth trying the pack on if you can, or ordering the pack from REI, who has a one-year no questions asked return policy. If you wear it a few times and decide it doesn’t sit well on your hips, just return it for a full refund.

On the Way to Ontario Peak.

 

Igneo Sleeping Bag & Women’s Version Joule

Igneo Sleeping Bag & Women’s Version Joule

Igneo Sleeping Bag & Joule Sleeping Bag

Choosing a Sleeping Bag Size

 

Logan – Igneo: So you are ready to make the jump from car camping to backpacking, only to realize that your blow up mattress, sheets, and quilted blanket don’t fit in your pack? It’s time for a real sleeping bag and sleeping pad. Such was my situation when I purchased the Igneo from REI. At 6’1, I purchased the long, and Michole at 5’6” opted for the long in the female version, the Joule.

 

Michole – Joule: I was between the regular and long Joule and opted for the long, so I can store some clothes in the bottom to keep warm for the morning!

Comfort

 

Logan – Igneo: It’s a mummy style-sleeping bag, what do you want from it? Seriously though, I found this bag to be quite solid when it comes to comfort. The long claims to be good for someone up to 6’5, and at 6’1 I had plenty of extra room in the bottom, though I’m not sure a 6’5 individual could say the same. One complaint that I have heard with the bag is that it is not quite as wide at the feet as some, but I think being on the small side for a long alleviated this problem for me. My shoulders had plenty of room, allowing me to turn with the bag, if not inside it, as I tend to be a side sleeper.

 

Michole – Joule: I thought this bag was very comfy! I remember getting into it in the store the very first time and thinking, “there is no way I could sleep in this!” I felt so claustrophobic that I had Logan help me out of it. Once I got used to the idea that I was going to have to sleep in a mummy style sleeping bag, I had no problems getting in it. In fact, I was thankful for the style when it was cold at night, and I cinched the face opening nearly closed to sleep for the night. I am also a side sleeper and had no problems turning with or inside the bag.

Logan on his side in the store.

 Michole feeling claustrophobic.

Warmth

 

Logan – Igneo: The Igneo is rated quite warm for a three-season bag, all the way down to 19 degrees Fahrenheit for its lower level, and 30 degrees Fahrenheit for its comfort. The coldest I have used this bag is about 30 degrees, but that was quite windy in a not so wind-stopping tent, and I was more than warm enough. Take this with something of a grain of salt, as I tend to be a warm sleeper, but I found myself often not fully zipping the zipper, and taking off my beanie to sleep (this was wearing a full wool base layer, with no bag liner). This is probably obvious, but we found that zipping it together with the Joule to form a double bag dropped the temperature a solid 5 degrees Fahrenheit or so, which is probably fine on 40 degree Fahrenheit plus nights. Also, the full zip is quite convenient for warmer nights.

 

Michole – Joule: The coldest I have used the bag is about 30 degrees as well. For me, the bag was warm enough, although I slept with a full wool base layer, a beanie on my head, and the face opening cinched nearly closed. I tend to be a colder sleeper, and might add a liner in colder weather.

Weight

 

Logan – Igneo and Joule: There are definitely lighter sleeping bags out there, but for a bag of similar price and warmth, this bag comes in nearly a full pound lighter than many of its nearest competitors. If you compare bags of similar weight and warmth, this bag is in the range of $200-$300 less than many of its similar competitors.

Packability

 

Logan – Igneo: The Igneo packs down quite small, coming in a 6-litre stuff sack.

 

Michole – Joule: The Joule packs down into a 6.8-litre stuff sack.

Overall Impression

 

Logan – Igneo: The Igneo has been a great first backpacking bag for me, and I would highly recommend it. For its warmth, ultralight weight, and low price, I don’t think there is a comparable bag on the market. This bag is light enough to forget you are carrying it all day hiking, but you will be glad to remember it when you slide inside it at night.

 

Michole – Joule: I love this sleeping bag, and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a lightweight, warm, bag!

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