Marmot Trestles 15 Sleeping Bag Review

The Marmot Trestles 15 sets out to provide exceptional warmth and comfort at a value price. Does the sleeping bag come through, or does it leave you out in the cold?

About the Sleeping bag

Marmot Trestles 15 Sleeping BagThe Trestles 15 is a synthetic, mummy style sleeping bag comprised of primarily polyester materials. . It comes in various sizes,  and widths, including regular, long, and there are even women’s versions available. The bag retails at around $110-$120 respectively. The regular length falls in at 3 lbs 14.25 oz. It includes a cinch sack for convenient packing.

What I liked

SAM_1249This is a very comfortable bag. The material is a smooth polyester shell, which is soothing and silky to the touch. The synthetic fill itself is very lofty and lofts up easily even after being stuff into a backpack for days on end. It doesn’t seem to lose it’s ability to insulate in damp conditions, and is breathable enough to be completely usable in warmer temperatures as well. I’ve tested the bag from 20 degrees all the way up into the 50’s and was very comfortable within the entire range, even without using the zippered vent. Two Trestles sleeping bags can be zipped together for some cuddling action. The Zippers work pretty well, and the hood cinches up quite comfortably around your face.  There is ample wiggle room to toss and turn for those spin dance sleepers. The build quality is high, and seems very durable. It compresses down pretty well with the included cinch sack.

What I didn’t like

SAM_1251It’s a little heavy. At 3 lbs 14.25 oz it isn’t terrible, but I would like to see it be a tad bit lighter. The slick material, while comfortable can allow you to slip around on your pad pretty easily. No included mesh storage sack (minor quibble). While compressible for a synthetic, it will take up some room in your pack.

Overall

It’s hard to argue about the value of the Trestles 15. At 120 bucks, and under 4 pounds, it’s a pretty good value. Impressive is the bags ability to be used in such a wide variety of temperatures. While I would like to see it be a little bit lighter, it’s probably about as light as you’ll get within the price range. A solid, affordable sleeping bag.

Highly recommended for backpackers on a budget. 

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