User Review: Marmot Arroyo
Fill: 800 down
Temperature Rating: 30F
Price Paid: $229
Light, high quality, well shaped and comfortable, but not a 30 degree bag.
I just got back from a trip to North Georgia where the night time temps got down into the high 40's. This is my first down bag and I felt there were cold spots where the insulation wasn't evenly distributed or became compressed because there wasn't enough down in the baffle.
I wasn't cold by any means but I was in a tent with a fly over it so it was noticeably warmer in the tent than outside and I had a Therm-a-rest pad under me. Still could feel these "cold spots".
In my opinion this is an excellent summer bag that is comfortable down to 40 degrees or so. It's a keeper due to its light weight and compressed size but I'm a little bummed about the temperature "misrepresentation". I'll look into a liner and count this as a learning experience.
Update: April 16, 2009
This is an update to my review of April of last year.
A few months ago I sent this bag back to Marmot for their evaluation as I felt it was not a 30 degree bag by any definition. Some of the baffles were almost void of down, I figured that couldn't be right.
Marmot added 3 additional ounces of down. Doesn't sound like much but the bag now has a lot more loft.
I've since tested this bag into the mid-20's and am satisfied that @ 30 degrees I could sleep fairly comfortably (I'll use a liner below 30).
One more comment, this bag compacts into an extra small sack, making it ideal for my applications (backpacking & motorcycle camping).
I'm a "happy camper" now, but wonder how many folks purchased this bag and have the same situation I had.