The Kelty Women’s Dualist 33 Degree sleeping bag offers high-performance and reliable warmth for cool-weather backpacking and camping at an affordable price
Utilizing innovative, hybrid insulation, the Kelty Women’s Dualist 33 is the perfect bag for campers and back packers and travelers who are looking for a 30 degree bag that can do it all.
The big story behind the Dualist is the fact that there’s two different types of insulation. You have a hydrophobic, dry down insulation, which is just treated down. It is treated with a water resistant coating so it is going to resist that moisture. And what Kelty does here is they utilize the dry down insulation on top and then on the bottom they utilize synthetic insulation. The synthetic insulation is thermo pro so a really nice material there. And the big benefit to that is because it is closer to your body that synthetic insulation is going to wick and is going to allow moisture transfer from your body and wick away. But the dry down insulation on top is going to resist moisture from coming in. So the idea of the bag is just to keep you really dry and really warm.
Kelty uses EN ratings or European norm ratings for their sleeping bags. And this is just a great guide that gives you reasonable expectations for how comfortable you are going to be at different temperatures. They rate this at 33 degrees. And the comfort rating is 33 degrees for this bag, so the lower limit rating is 20 or 22 degrees. So take that into consideration before taking this out into the back country.
Another thing that Kelty does with this line of sleeping bags is it truly is a women’s specific. You don’t think of women’s and men’s specific sleeping bags, but a few things that they do is they make the shoulder girth a little bit more narrow than they would in a men’s bag, just so it can... you can keep your heat in a little bit better. A little bit wider in through the hips and down in the foot box and key areas where you are going to lose a lot of heat, the provide a little bit more insulation in those key areas. So definitely a great feature with a women’s specific bag.
Going through all the features, you do have a full length zipper and it goes mostly all the way down to the end of the foot box. It doesn’t go all the way down to the bottom because it just retains more heat around your feet. But this is a two way zipper, so if you need to on warmer nights you can vent it from the bottom or get a leg out or your feet out. The other thing that they have done is they have put a nice draft tube behind that zipper. So that prevents cold spots or cold air coming in through the zipper. And there is a durable material behind the zipper that is meant to prevent snags. And if you do happen to get it snagged, that durable material isn’t going to rip or tear like this light weight material might.
This is a mummy sleeping bag, so you do have a hood up at the top and it is a nicely baffled hood. You have got really nice box shaping there so when you need to pull down that draw cord to keep in your heat, it fits really well around your head. It is nice and comfortable. And there is a draw cord that goes around the top, a separate one that goes around the bottom. So if you just want to cinch in the top part around your head you can do that and leave this area open, or you can cinch both of them down.
This collar here is really nice. You can use that to put around your neck so you don’t lose a lot of heat from your core at the top. It feels really nice, like a blanket at home. And all in all with these features it is a really great value for this bag.
Some last quick features, it does come with an included stuff sack. So with your compressible down insulation and your synthetic insulation, it does compress down to be pretty small for a 30 degree bag. You do have a nice comfort foot box at the bottom, so the top of eth sleeping bag isn’t just sewn to the bottom. You do have a big area in there for your feet to move around. But, all in all, with the two different types of insulation, the really nice materials and the features with this bag, great for any person camping, back packing, traveling, this is the bag that is going to do it all.
It is the Kelty women’s Dualist 33.