Western Mountaineering MegaLite

11 reviews
5-star:   11
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Specs

short regular long
Weight 1 lb 7 oz / 625 g 1 lb 8 oz / 710 g 1 lb 9 oz / 770 g
Fill weight 11 oz / 310 g 12 oz / 340 g 13 oz / 370 g
Loft 4 in / 10 cm 4 in / 10 cm 4 in / 10 cm
Temperature rating 30 F / -2 C 30 F / -2 C 30 F / -2 C
Fill 850 fill-power down 850 fill-power down 850 fill-power down
Shape Mummy Mummy Mummy
Max user height 5 ft 6 in / 165 cm 6 ft 0 in / 180 cm 6 ft 6 in / 200 cm
Shoulder girth 63 in / 160 cm 64 in / 163 cm 65 in / 165 cm
Hip girth 56 in / 142 cm 55 in / 140 cm 56 in / 142 cm
Foot girth 39 in / 99 cm 39 in / 99 cm 39 in / 99 cm

Reviews

4

The MegaLite is an overachieving 30 degree sleeping…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: Work Bonus
Price Paid: $315

Summary

The MegaLite is an overachieving 30 degree sleeping bag. Its small packed size, wide body, 1 lb 8oz weight, warmth and breathable material make it perfect for me to use in fall and spring hikes in the Appalachians and most of the year here in Alabama.

Pros

  • Small pack size
  • Big fully lofted size
  • Warmth
  • Breathability
  • Weight

Cons

  • Zipper occasionally catches on the fabric

I have used this sleeping bag on three trips in Alabama and four section hikes on the Appalachian Trail. Temperatures have ranged from 28 to 60 degrees at night on these trips. I use a Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest or a Thermarest NeoAir Trekker sleeping pad. My shelter has been a hammock with tarp, 2-man Eureka tent, and AT 3 or 4 (once) sided shelters.

The bag has proved itself to be warmer than claimed. It packs down small and relofts quickly. On the one occasion I thought I needed to reduce the wind on the bag, the space blanket I used had a lot of condensation on the sleeping bag side. (Fortunately the space blanket was set up in an A frame so the moisture dripped to the sides.)

I have never experienced the outer or inner fabric absorbing water or a reduction in the loft of the down. While fixing breakfast, getting and purifying water, I turn the bag inside out and let it air out.

When I was at Cherry Gap shelter just north of Erwin the temperature went below 28 degrees. Just to be sure I wore a set of very light fleece pants and pullover. After 30 minutes, I had to remove the fleece and didn't put them back on until just before I got out of the bag the next morning.

I am 5' 11" and weigh about 215 lbs. I move a lot at night and the girth of this bag allows me to do so. That is the Mega part of Megalite. The 3/4 length two pull zipper is one of the reasons I wanted this bag. It provides ventilation or allows me to use it as a quilt with a footbox.

After owning the bag for three years I have not noticed any failures with the mechanisms or tears in the fabric.

2

Super light, comfortably warm bag has you covered…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $350

Summary

Super light, comfortably warm bag has you covered from early spring to early winter.

Pros

  • Superlight
  • Impressively small stuff size
  • Good shoulder girth (59")

Cons

  • What are the product's weaknesses?

At just 24 ounces the WM MegaLite qualifies as an ultralight 3-season bag that will comfortably cradle you down to freezing and below. Just a few ounces more than the box-stitched Caribou, the MegaLite features slant baffles, draft tube, and collar tube to reduce cold spots. 

The 12 ounces of 850 fill power lofts-up quickly and will provide warmth down to 30°F with no additional insulation (i.e. just skivies). But you can easily push the performance another 5-8°F wearing additional layers. Described as "unisex" the MegaLite has sufficient shoulder girth (59-60") for a guy and comfortable hip room (51-52") for a gal.  

Typical of the highest quality bags Western Mountaineering makes.

1

Quality construction, Excellent comfort, roomy and…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $325

Summary

Quality construction, Excellent comfort, roomy and made in the U.S.A. Good to 20 degrees in a tent with light thermals and wool socks. I am 5'10", 210 lbs. With the 6' standard bag the fit was perfect with plenty of wiggle room.

Pros

  • Comfort
  • Made in U.S.A.
  • Hang bag and stuff sack.

Cons

  • None as of yet

My first trip was to Deer Creek (at 6800') and it got down to 20 degrees the first night. I was toasty warm wearing just ultra light thermals, wool socks and no balaclava.

This is the first bag I have with the zipper on the left side. It will take some getting used to. With a whole life of right zippers and all.

The 6'0" bag was a perfect fit for me at 210' and 5'10" height. I had plenty of room to move and wiggle. I appreciate the moisture resistant shell on the baffle that was touching my chin (It appears purple on the stock photos). I have not yet backpacked with this bag, so I cannot speak to compressibility.

The zippers are YKK, need I say more, But I will, they are flawless. With the balance between weight and usefulness so stressfully measured this day and age this bag meets a point of balance that rests on the razor's edge perfectly.

First time I used the bag, but not the last. I will see but I think I can easily take it down to 10 degrees? I will let you know the exact circumstances if it happens. I would buy this bag in a snap again and again.

1

Nearly $300 for a mild temperature bag? R U nuts?

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: MegaLite
Fill: 750+ fill down
Temperature Rating: 30F
Weight: 1lb, 9oz
Price Paid: $280

Nearly $300 for a mild temperature bag? R U nuts? Not when were talking about this baby.

For late spring to early fall backpacking (or even a broader time span in the Southern states) I look to go low volume and light. This beautifully stitched, wide shouldered (64"), full zippered bag is about as light as it gets and packs small enough (6" X 12".)

There are lighter bags, but this one uses a full-length zipper for more versatility than short zippered models. It comes with 10-11 oz of down, giving it a tad more warmth on those chillier nights, plus its wide cut allows me the option of adding a down vest for added warmth without feeling like a straight jacket. Its lightness comes from its thinner material (.85 oz/yard), but ANY bag that I pay those kind of toad hides for, I will take good care of anyway.

Although I haven't had the opportunity to push this bag to its temperature rating, I'm confident in its 30F rating based upon this company's stellar reputation. After sleeping a few nights in this comfortable down bag, I'll NEVER go back to my synthetic bags again. When factoring weight, stuff size, width, zipper length, workmanship, and quality of down, this bag flat-out excels, and I'm betting right now that five years later I'll appreciate it even more.

0

Warm and comfy to 30°, survival rating to much lower.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 350$

Summary

Warm and comfy to 30°, survival rating to much lower.

Pros

  • Incredibly light
  • Very packable
  • USA made

Cons

  • That goddamned sharp velcro near the chin

I thru hiked the AT with this bag, starting in April and ending in October. I saw snow, ice, hail, frost, to temperatures of 110°. When it was cold I only recall being chilly once, and it was getting caught at high altitude in the Smokies in a storm. When it was hot the bag was used as a pillow or pad top, but even in the hot humid Appalachian summers it gets chilly sometimes in those hollows and sometimes I would zip it up in summer.

The only thing that was bad about the bag was the velcro patch near the face that would always pop open and scratch your face and lips at night when sleeping. For some reason I did not remove that godforsaken velcro patch until after I got back from the trail.

The bag has gone on since to backpack, and mountaineer. For me, it was more than enough for Rainer, Baker or probably any Cascade peak in June. For July and August it was more than enough to camp out at 11.5k in the Teton range.

It is without a doubt the best bag I have ever purchased.

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for sharing your sleeping bag review, Arson51. When did you complete your thru hike?


6 days ago
G00SE MODERATOR

Couple questions, as I prepare for a future thru hike: 1) Are you a cold sleeper? 2) Do you think a 15F bag is overkill for a thru hike?


5 days ago
0

This larger 3-season down bag can become a 4-season…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: around $300

Summary

This larger 3-season down bag can become a 4-season bag.

Pros

  • Larger girth for adding insulation W/O compressing the bag's top
  • VERY high quality
  • Made in USA
  • Full length zipper permits use as a quilt
  • WM will "overstuff" bags for a nominal fee

Cons

  • A bit heavier than the restricting Summerlite bag
  • No draft collar option

The main selling point for this bag is its larger girth for expanding the comfort range using insulated sleeping clothes. As the Megalite comes from WM it has no left side baffle. This is to allow one to shake down to the top or bottom depending on expected night temperatures. I purchased the Megalite after being very disappointed with the lack of loft in a Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 bag. I have have slept comfortably (with all my summer clothes on) down to 25 F.

With long johns and quilted synthetic jacket and pants and balaclava I've been very cozy at 10°F  on a Therm-a-Rest Trail Pro self-inflating mattress.

For high mountain backpacking (above 8,000 ft.) in summer where one can expect nighttime temps well below freezing this bag with some medium weight long johns and a light down jacket will be fine to the teens (Farenheit).

I sent my Megalite back to WM for the "overfill" option and for $45 got an extra few ounces of down that made it look like the Michelen Man. This was after being a bit cool on a 25°F night on the PCT. Now I have a true 20°F bag BUT I can no longer shift down from top to bottom. For me that is not a problem.

I like the small packed size and light weight. I think my next WM purchase will be a pair of their down pants. That, poly long johns and my Bauer First Ascent light down jacket will extend my Megalite's temp range well into the single digits.

0

Best three-season bag I have ever used. Purchased…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $425

Summary

Best three-season bag I have ever used.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compressed down very well
  • Warm

Cons

  • Pricey

Purchased this sleeping back for a summer canoe trip on the Allagash River in Maine. This packed down far more than a 30 degree REI bag and a 40 degree North Face synthetic bag.  The temps did not go below 40 degrees, but the humidity and rain made it feel cooler at night. 

Have used this bag on several other Boy Scout outings and have enjoyed the warm and additional space it provides. 

0

Roomy, light, warm. High quality sleeping bag. Packs…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

Roomy, light, warm. High quality sleeping bag. Packs small.

Pros

  • Light
  • Warm
  • Packs small

Cons

  • If anything, that would be a price, but then again it is great.

Was using this bag on couple of trips, one in particular in Utah and Arizona. While temperature were not extreme, some nights were cold but bag performed great. Packs small, very light roomy and warm. Zipper is great and never snagged. Full zipper was also convenient when temperature were high. Overall well made quality bag.

0

Have used this bag for several years and it's still…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Temperature Rating: 32

Have used this bag for several years and it's still going strong. It's the standard I use for a light, quality-made, and a not overly constricting cut in a three-season bag.

Highly recommended.

0

Overall a good sleepinging bag. Very light, comfortable,…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: mummy
Fill: 600 fill down
Temperature Rating: 30 degrees farenheit
Weight: 1lb 8oz
Price Paid: $250

Overall a good sleepinging bag. Very light, comfortable, and compactable. But, if you are looking at buying this bag check out the North Face Beeline 900. It has 900 fill down, which has better quality and is lighter (1lb 3oz). The downside is it is $40 more expensive.

possum

Only thing is that the North Face is not made in USA!


2 years ago
0

I used this bag in late September at Mt Columbia in…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: Mummy
Fill: 850+ Down
Temperature Rating: 30 Degrees
Weight: 1lb 8oz
Price Paid: $285

I used this bag in late September at Mt Columbia in Colorado. Temps diped below 15 degrees and all was well with my fleece on. Using the bag at lower elevation at 30 degrees I was warm. I use my mid weight LJs to help keep my oils out of the bag. This was well worth the money. Construction is great. My zipper has NEVER snagged.

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