User Review: EMS Down Under 5
Fill: allegedly 550 down
Temperature Rating: allegedly 5dF
Weight: ~3.25 lbs
Price Paid: $100
What a piece of crap. I have owned a number of EMS private label gear, and have usually been solidly satisfied.
I used this during at the colder beginning and end of my AT thru-hike last year, and shivered all night when it got below 25dF.
Granted, I was in an open shelter or under an open tarp, but my 20dF EMS MM20 was warmer. (see review)
The down does seem to be very poor quality. I have owned a number of down items over the years (many with not even "550" down" and this bag lost its loft EXTREMELY rapidly -- faster than cheap synthetic. When I gave it away it was thinner than any of my 20s.
I appreciated the simple design and plain nylon, to keep the price low, but I think the cheesy outer nylon allowed a lot of convective heat loss.
I gave this bag away to a buddy for graduation (good thing he does not have Web access so he can't see this) who didn't have a 3-season bag.
A cheap winter down bag looks too good to be true and mine was.