Rated 5 out of 5áby Sweet5k Great Warm Car Camping Bag
I often buy camping and backpacking gear at LL Bean and I am consistently amazed by the great quality. Shopping for new bags I knew that I wanted to go for a degree rating that would keep us toasty warm on shoulder-season car camping trips. These bags do not disappoint.
We tested them out on a trip to a PA state park in late October. The temperatures dipped down into the high 20s and we stayed very warm wearing wool base layers and wool socks to bed. The last night it rained hard all night and our tent (which is admittedly a cheap yard sale buy) did leak a fair bit, but our bags kept us dry. I paired this with the pathfinder short sleeping pad and even though my feet were off the pad, I stayed warm; which I suspect is the benefit of synthetic insulation that doesn't compress as much as down would. I like that there is a feature that allows 2 bags to be zippered together, however we didn't use it this time as we felt a closer fit on each of us would keep us warmer.
I am 5'0" and I felt that this bag was perfectly sized for me. I could keep my next days clothes in the bottom of the bag and still pull it over my head for extra warmth. If you're taller than 5'6", you probably want the extra long. I had originally been upset that LL Bean didn't offer a child-size bag with a 20 degree rating because I would like to do more family camping in the future. However, after using these I don't think that the adult regular size bag would be too big for children 7-8 and up.
These are bulky. We travel to family for the holidays by train and while I will bring these bags with us as I think their comfort is far better than our backpacking bags for sleeping on the floor, I dread finding a way to pack them for train travel.
I wish the included storage bag were a bit smaller. We don't use the storage bags for trips because there is significant extra room if you use the compression straps to tighten up the bag.
Bottom line: If you are looking for car-camping bags that prioritize comfort over packability, you can't go wrong with these.
November 1, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5áby onewheel Buy the XL!
I bought this sleeping bag as a gift for my husband. We had purchased LLBean bags long ago and were replacing his. He really likes the flannel lining. We were going on a trip soon after and he didn't try out the sleeping bag before our trip. Imagine our surprise when he rolled it out and it only came up to his chest! So, I figured maybe I ordered the wrong one or they had sent the kid-sized bag by accident. I called LLBean customer service (they are AWESOME!) and they very nicely dispatched another regular sized bag. When it arrived, I compared the two. It was the same size! We measured and the bag they sent was barely the size indicated on the website when two people pulled hard to stretch it taut, but still not tall enough for a man to sleep in comfortably. I ended up getting the XL bag instead. It was an investment, and sadly NOT made in the US. I would recommend sizing up.
July 22, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5áby Practicalshopper1 Zipper ripped
Even though the zipper on this bag ripped after a year of use, my 12 year old son loves this wide bag so much for camp that he has requested we return it and replace with the same bag. It is roomy and soft, he loves it so much that he uses it year round. Makes keeping his bed made an easy chore. Perhaps this bag is not meant to be used year round.
Luckily LL Bean guarantees everything so we are willing to give it another shot. We will return and try again...
May 23, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5áby MIbiker Comfy but smelled a bit funky
I got the sleeping back very quickly and opened the box which has all the markings from asian on it. Once i opened the box it smelled a bit funky. it smelled of chemicals or something like that. I threw it in the wash right away. Then after reading the instructions i found that i also have to keep the bag unstuffed to prevent it all from settling in the bag. its a little annoying for storage.
April 8, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby kennebec74 Warm and cozy!!!
Bought these for a late winter camping trip in Maine this past week. The temps got down to the 20's and I was VERY warm and toasty. I'm 5'7", 200 lbs and they seemed fine in size. We had them zipped together to fit two people, and had no issues fitting the two of us. I used one bag the week prior alone and was exceptionally snuggly. Very good fabric...soft and cozy...everything I expected.
The zippers seem a bit weak and we had a hard time getting them together. They also bit into the fabric often so we had to back them up and try again. Might benefit from a larger tooth or better quality zipper.
March 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby SassyDiva Sleeping Bag, warm and cozy.
Even though I have not officially used it on my camping venture, I do love the thickness, the color and the warm and cozy flannel interior. Can't wait to use it.
November 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby 50mat3 comfortable bag
this sleeping bag is warm and comfortable... Love the softness inside!
November 8, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby nativevter "Regular" a little tight
I purchased this bag for a Brownie camping trip in NOVA. It only dropped down into the 40's and it was warm enough. However, there was very little wiggle room and thus uncomfortable. I am 5'5" and 125lbs and sleep on my side. It was difficult to to toss and turn and as I did so, the zipper would come undone and the wind was blowing in. I ended up sleeping upright in the bag while sitting in a lawn chair. Not much sleep. I guess I will give this one to my daughter. I should have read the reviews ahead of time which addresses the sizing issue. I would recommend this item for a child and the extra large for an adult of avg size.
October 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby jacheter Smaller than described
I bought this bag for my daughter but since it was a little too short for her, she gave it to my 10 year old grandson who has a scheduled camping trip this weekend. Looks like I will be buying yet another bag for my daughter, but we will buy from the store to make sure it fits her. As for workmanship, quality, etc. of this bag, I will be able judge better when the weekend camping trip is over and provide an update at that time.
October 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby wvtrailrider Perfect camp bag
Comfy. Roomy. Warm. Perfect.
October 12, 2014