User Review: MEC Cygnet -10C
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $140
Great for three-season use. My favourite bag. -10°C to +20°C
- Lots of room
- Warm and comfortable
- Light, compressible
- Down turns into cottage cheese if it gets wet
An excellent bag, and good to its rated temperature — MEC tries them out and checks!
While a mummy bag might be cozier, I personally hate the feeling of being confined. I'm a side-sleeper so the extra room allows space to get my legs into a comfortable position. Nice big zippers and easy to open if it gets a bit warm in summer. The length is fine for me at 5'8" and there's room left over at the bottom if you want to snuggle down into it a bit.
I've used this bag by itself, and also paired with a MEC Nomad synthetic rated for 0°C. For two people, put the synthetic bag on the bottom in case of moisture and take advantage of the extra insulation offered by the Thermarest. Any two MEC barrel bags can be zipped together, and it's sure a lot cozier with two!
No hood like a mummy bag, but wear a toque to bed, and you'll be fine. When it's gotten unexpectedly cold, though, I've pulled the top over my head and used the drawstring to create one. Also has a draft tube you can open up of you want.
My favourite bag for dryer weather — not too hot in summer and good well into the shoulder seasons. I've had mine for three years now, using it pretty much every weekend through the summer, and it's still in great shape.
This bag has been replaced for the upcoming year with the MEC Ziz, which includes a hood — that fixes one of the few complaints I've had about it.