Women are colder than men – I didn’t believe it at first, but when I camped with a unisex sleeping bag, I experienced this first hand. Talking about chilly body parts, women have much colder feet and hands. Therefore, we need “women’s specific” sleeping bags, that provide extra warmth in the right spots.
I bought my Marmot 600 fill goose down sleeping bag (women’s Teton, 0 degree) in advance of a snow camping trip last year. I wanted a mummy sleeping bag that would keep me nice and cozy in very cold conditions, but I also wanted a bag that I could use year round. Since I bought mine, I’ve taken it from the desert to the mountains, and have never been too cold or too hot!
Some of the features I really love about this sleeping bag:
- Ample room at hips so I can twist and turn a bit. Because this bag is designed for women, it also has more room at the hips rather than the shoulders (just think of women’s bodies versus men’s!), and has extra insulation at the toes and near your hands.
- Stash pocket. Another feature I really like about this goose down sleeping bag is that it has a stash pocket near the top of the chest on the inside, where I can put my earplugs and other essentials. Obviously when I’m in bear country in the summer time I don’t keep anything in there like chapstick – that all goes in my bear canister! 🙂
- Highly compressible and lightweight. It is a 600 fill down bag, so compresses down extremely small, which makes it great for backpacking trips. I stuff mine into a trash compactor bag, then I put it in a compression sack so it gets down to the size of a football. Not many 0 degree sleeping bags can do that!
- Hood has a soft “face muff”. This means that you can have your head enveloped in the warmth of the mummy sleeping bag, but your face won’t be rubbing against any nylon. You can be a sleeping beauty, not a sleeping mummy!
- Glow in the dark zipper pull. It is great to be able to find the zipper in the middle of the night!
- Trapezoidal footbox. When I saw this feature on the specs page, I didn’t appreciate how happy I would be to have the cushion but also warmth around my toes. The trapezoidal shape allows down to fully loft, so it stays nice and fluffy and therefore provides the most insulation.
If you are in need of a cozy, high-tech, super light weight down sleeping bag, then I wholeheartedly recommend the Marmot Women’s Teton goose down sleeping bag. I did my research when I made my purchase, and have been extremely happy with it!
As an aside, when I saw the King Tut exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, I couldn’t get my mummy sleeping bag off my mind! Seriously, the sleeping bags all are the shape of an entombed Egyptian royal! At least I can feel like royalty when I’m out in the wilderness.