User Review: Sierra Designs Eleanor Hi DriDown Sleeping Bag
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250
Super warm with amazing loft before and after moisture is introduced. DWR repelled condensation great. Used in 25 degree temps with snow and was beyond comfortable.
- Water resistant
- Cool colors
- Doesn't leak down
- Great bag overall
- Little heavy
- Hood drawstring adjustment was mediocre
DriDown technology is the most amazing contribution to the camping world. I don't know why any future down product would be made without it. I have the 20 degree model and it weighs around 3 lbs. Packs a little bulky, but the fill is the reason and it's quite obvious by the loft it has.
The recent trip was on 4/10/2013 to Twin Lakes Sequoia. The entire 5-day trip was spent in 3-8 feet of hardpacked snow. I used an insulated mat under my NeoAir XTherm air mattress which is already rated at a 5.7 and was warm at temps that dipped to mid 20's.
On snow, by a creek, condensation was heavy first night and I woke up to beads of water glistening on the bag in the morning. Leaving my vestibule open a foot from the ground eliminated this on night 2 and on. I slept super warm, never a hint of cold made it through this bag. Temp rating is accurate in my opinion.
What makes it a 4.5 over a 5 are a few things. The zipper was good, but still had a few snagging issues and the hood ties cinch down but it was not the best fit. It packed rather big, my 13 liter compression sack that I use for my 25 degree Halo bag was a pain to stuff it in. I recommend a 16 to 18 liter sack to ease packing. Overall this is a great bag, the one I would trust in all conditions compared to my standard down bags.
To get the most of any bag, make sure you insulate beneath you. Not everyone knows this, so read into it.