Kelty Ignite DriDown 16
If you look for a sale, you can get this down bag…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $110 USD on sale
If you look for a sale, you can get this down bag for an incredible price! It's accurately rated to 16° F (men's EN lower limit). It's a high quality down bag for under $200 — something that's almost impossible to find. Best of all is the fact that the DriDown is as moisture resistant as the manufacturer claims.
- Relatively lightweight
- Truly moisture resistant
- True-to-spec temperature rating
- Adjustable hood
- Quality construction
- Too heavy for ultralighters
- Too short for anyone over about 5'10"
Okay, this is one of those products that almost seems too good to be true. First, if you wait for a sale, you can find this bag for around $100 bucks — something nearly impossible for a high-quality down bag! Second, DriDown really is as moisture resistant as the manufacturer claims, while still being breathable. Third, it's really warm! Fourth.... well, if I keep going you'll be reading this review all day.
So, even the best products are rarely perfect but the only two drawbacks I can see with this bag are, 1) at 2 lb. 7 oz., it's too heavy for anyone looking for ultralight, and 2) it specs at 72" but I'm 5'9" and I don't know how anyone more than an inch or two taller would fit comfortably. Even with these two minor character flaws I couldn't bring myself to rate it anything other than a perfect 5 stars.
I'm a cold sleeper and have a Sea-to-Summit bag liner (separate review) that I carry into the backcountry even during the warmest part of the year. On my first trip out with this bag, the temperature dropped well below freezing and I still needed to ditch the bag liner.
The loft, draft tubes, and hood surpassed my expectations and I didn't have a single cold spot — something I can't say about my other bag. I also had a lot of condensation and while the shell appeared to be wet, the down stayed completely dry (the shell was totally dry after about 5 minutes in the sun).
Other online reviewers seem to have issues with the zipper snagging so I'm either exceptionally gifted (NOT!), or a lot of people seem a bit inept. I haven't had a single issue, even during that desperate OMG-I-gotta-go-now pee trip in the middle of the night.
I honestly don't know how anyone who's done their homework on down bags could go wrong with this one. Everything about it is exceptional as far as I'm concerned!
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Here's what other sites are saying:
For outstanding, 3season performance, take a look at the Kelty Ignite DriDown 20/EN16 Sleeping Bag. It's insulated with 600fill DriDown, which stays dry longer, has better loft and dries faster than untreated down insulation. You get all the benefits of down insulation, even in the presence of humidity, condensation or perspiration.600fill DriDown insulation.DriDown treatment creates a hydrophobic finish on the down, so it stays dry longer, lofts better and dries more quickly than untreated down insulation.30D nylon ripstop shell.50D polyester micro pongee lining.Box baffle construction.Efficient, formfitting hood.Top draft collar.58" dualslider locking zipper.Zipper draft tube with antisnag design.Internal liner loops.Sleeping pad security loops.Hang loops for storage.Groundlevel side seams and differential cut for maximum warmth.FatMan and Ribbon drawcords.Captured cordlock.Stuff sack included.Available in regular and long lengths, right zip only.
Keep the cold weather at bay and your engine warm with the Kelty Ignite DriDown(TM) 16degF sleeping bag that stays warm and dry with revolutionary down insulation. Regular down takes on water and is very difficult to dry; the DriDown proprietary process treats each individual duck down plume with a hydrophobic finish. With the down now resistant to water, the insulation maintains its loft and stays dry 7 times longer than untreated down. It also performs better in high humidity than regular down, and in case it accidentally gets wet, it will dry out faster, too. Baffle construction with differential cut eliminates cold spots; inner layer is cut smaller than the outer layer to create consistent thickness of insulation. Tough, 30-denier ripstop nylon shell provides durabilty; polyester lining breathes for comfort and feels great against skin. Top baffle draft collar drapes comfortably over neck and shoulders, sealing out drafts. Formfitting hood has drawcords of differing widths at head and neck for easy identification and adjustment in the dark. Ground-level side seam keeps draft tube in place, further helping to prevent cold air from seeping through the 2-way, locking zipper. Internal loops provide attachment for a liner (sold separately) to increase the warmth of the bag. Pad loops provide attachment points to keep your sleeping bag and pad together, so you needn't worry about rolling onto the cold, hard ground (straps sold separately). Hang loops allow easy drying and storage. Kelty Ignite DriDown 16degF sleeping bag comes with a stuff sack.