REI Mojave +15
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $125
This is my other sleeping bag that my daughter mainly uses. I got this one about three years ago when my son temporarily misplaced my 10-degree bag and I needed one for a trip I was taking. It works well to temps down into the 30s but for warmer weather it's mainly used as a blanket because it can get too hot.
- Packs to small size (for a 15 degree bag) when using a compression sack
- Keeps you plenty warm to temps in the 30s
- The fit is tight on me; I like bags that are a looser around my body
- Zipper can get stuck on the material during open/close
This was a desperation purchase because I was heading out on a camping trip and my son, who had used my regular bag on his last trip, misplaced it and we couldn't find it anywhere. REI had this on clearance so I grabbed it and off I went. We were camping in the CO mountains and the night temps got down into the 30s, with frost on the tents. I was plenty warm in this bag so I believe it would do fine in 20 degree weather too.
My main complaint is that the bag has a tight fit, especially around the legs. I like a bag that has enough room in it for me to turn inside it and not have the whole bag turn with me. But this is more of a preference, so not really a knock on the bag. I've read where people complain about this bag shedding down feathers but we haven't had this problem.
I eventually found my other bag and use it. My taller daughter has claimed this bag and has used it a half dozen times or so over the last couple of years. She likes it for warmth, with her main complaint being she has to be careful with the zipper because it gets stuck easily when opening or closing the bag.
This bag packs down to a pretty small size for being a 15 degree bag. We use a Sea-to-Summit Med sized sil-nylon compression sack and it gets down to the size of a volleyball.
Temperature Rating: 15 F advertised 50 F actual
Weight: 2.?? LB
The bag was comfy when sitting in my living room. Outdoors I was anything but warm. The first night I slept in it temps were in the 30s, I was cold, uncomfortably cold. I took all the precautions including long underwear and a beanie. I haven't been so cold in a sleeping bag in over 15 years and I've yet to own a sleeping bag worth more than $50. I figured since my thermometer got left in the car maybe I'd overstated the temperature and it was in fact closer to 20 degrees so I gave the Mojave one more shot.
I took it camping in 50 degree weather thinking I'd for sure be comfortable in long underwear and a beanie as the temperatures were at least 20 degrees warmer. While I was able to sleep I was cold, if I hadn't packed the long underwear and beanie I wouldn't have slept much if any at all.
The Mojave is appropriately named, it's a good sleeping bag for camping in the Mojave desert, but only during the summer time as night time temps would normally be no lower than 60 deg. For serious 3-season use this is not the right bag, even in the Mojave desert.
Aside from sleeping cold in 50 deg temps the bag is very well made. It was the nicest bag I had owned as far as construction, cut and comfort (temperature ignored.) The weight and stuffed size were everything I could have asked for. The color scheme wasn't my favorite but not as awful as some out there.
If this bag had been marketed as a summer bag I'd have been pretty happy with it but I needed something to keep me warm down to 30 degrees. Fortunately REI has a very liberal exchange policy, I was able to return it for a North Face Cat's Meow bag without any questions asked. While I liked the feel of a down bag I couldn't afford the down bags with an honest 15 degree rating.
Fill: 600 fill down
Temperature Rating: 15 F
Weight: 2lbs 8oz
Price Paid: $119
Kept me warm in 12 degree weather in a 4-season tent. I'm usually a cold sleeper but had minimal discomfort throughout the night.
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The REI Mojave long sleeping bag features warm goose down and a relaxed fit for enhanced comfort when sleeping outdoors. Compressible, lightweight 600-fill-power goose down is distributed efficiently to maximize warmth. Box baffle construction allows the goose down to remain fully lofted and keeps it from shifting, preventing cold spots. Relaxed fit from hip to knees increases comfort by providing space to move around in. Contoured hood with differentiated drawcords (1 round and 1 flat) enable quick and easy hood and neck adjustments, even in the dark. Ground-level side seams and full-length insulated draft tube prevent heat loss through seams and the antisnag zipper. Pad loops at shoulders and hips provide an attachment point to keep your bag and sleeping pad together, pad not included. Insulated muffler keeps the cold from penetrating through the top of the sleeping bag. Includes nylon stuff sack and cotton storage bag. Left-hand zip. Special buy.
- REI refers to the men's version