A lightweight alternative to a sleeping bag, the extra-long Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt SYN 1.5 Season is open on one side in order to fully utilize a sleeping pad (not included) for under-body insulation and padding.
A unique alternative to a traditional mummy style warm weather sleeping bag, the Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt SYN 1.5 is the perfect option of an ounce counting backpacker or camper that is looking for a quilt style sleeping bag that has got an array of features that makes it really unique.
The first thing that stood out to me was the hybrid design. At the bottom of this bag you have a more traditional style foot box. So that wraps around your feet. You have full insulation all the way around your feet and your legs. So that keeps you really warm. But at the top of this bag it is a flat bag. It is more like a blanket or a comforter. This makes it really comfortable. So as you can see, it is flat. It has got corner up there. And if I peel that back it doesn't go all the way around like a traditional sleeping bag. This is going to allow you to tuck it around your sleeping pad. And I would mention that you definitely need to mate this with a sleeping pad in order to have that comfort and that warmth underneath of you while you are sleeping, because this doesn’t have a traditional bottom like a regular sleeping bag would.
But the top part of this is really innovative. This allows you to pull the corners around you and use it like you would a blanket at home. There are these integrated pockets here which makes it really nice to just put your hand in there, wrap it around you and there are side walls. There is a baffle right here. The side walls tuck around your sleeping pad. So if you really need to batten everything down, if it is getting close to the comfort rating or the lower limit rating of this sleeping bag, you can tuck it around your sleeping pad and that really keeps in the warmth. This also has an innovative hood and it is not your traditional hood that you would see on a mummy sleeping bag. It is kind of a hidden away, tucked away hood. And you can actually put your head up into this part of the sleeping bag and use it like a hood. So that is going to offer a lot of warmth around your head. Because of that hood, this is an extra long, extra wide bag. So this is going to accommodate someone who is up to six feet four inches tall.
And the temperature rating here is around 40 degrees. This is EN tested, so the European norm rating or the comfort rating on this bag is closer to 50 degrees. So take that into consideration before taking it into the backcountry.
The insulation here is synthetic insulation as the name suggests. So you have got really reliable protection there. With synthetic material if it should become damp or wet, it is going to keep its warmth better than traditional down. And it dries out a lot faster than down if it becomes wet. So you have got really reliable protection there. It is a warmer weather sleeping bag. So it anticipates you are going to be in, maybe some muggy or humid climates. If it does take on that moisture it is still going to keep you warm.
The material here is very durable, but lightweight 30 D polyester rip stop. So that is going to hold up to moisture as well. If you get some condensation from the tent or something like that, it is going to dry out quickly. It is going to resist moisture. And then on the inside of the bag the material on the inside is very comfortable, so nice to next skin feel and it is very breathable. So if you are moving around at night, you are able to really vent this bag and the breathable material is going to keep you really comfortable.
Sierra Designs includes a stuff sack and the pack size here is very small. So it weighs in right around one pound 12 ounces. You can compress that synthetic insulation down pretty small. So this is going to be great for any backpacker or camper who wants a very comfortable, innovative sleeping system that is going to keep you very comfortable in the back country and packs down to be very small. So it is not going to take up a lot of room in your pack. You can use it in a couple of different ways so it is very unique and very innovative.
It is the Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt SYN 1.5.