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Feathered Friends Eider

rated 3.0 of 5 stars
photo: Feathered Friends Eider cold weather down sleeping bag

It's funny to read these reviews, since everyone seems to have only good things to say about their purchases. Perhaps people don't want to admit that they've been suckered after spending $500+ on a piece of gear, but I'm going to describe my experiences with this bag exactly as I see them. Overall, I am not happy with my purchase and I would not buy something from FF again. Here's why:

- it took twice as long to build as they promised

- a button on the collar tab broke the first time I tried it

- it has a number of loose threads and shoddy-looking stitches

- it looked kind of "deflated" as soon as I got it, even after shaking the down around to spread it out throughout the bag

I normally wouldn't make too big a deal out of these things, but this bag is the most expensive piece of gear I've ever bought, and I expected better from a company with a good reputation like FF.

My biggest complaint with this bag is that is simply not warm. I've been cold at +15 F with it, despite wearing several layers of long underwear, a hat, fleece, and the liners from my boots. I'm a cold sleeper, but that is just unacceptable to me. I'm planning on selling this bag and getting a Western Mountaineering Big Horn instead.

Design: Mummy
Fill: 775 fill down
Temperature Rating: -30 F
Weight: 3 lbs. 15 oz.
Price Paid: $608

Unqualified great bag. Have slept in as cold as -20/-30 F and was quite warm naked. The collar and hood are very effective. Craftmanship is as good as it gets. Not as wide as others I've tried but big enough to bring inside lots of clothing to keep warm. I have a long so I can also bring my inner boots inside (I'm 5'10").

Design: mummy
Fill: 750-800+ fill down
Temperature Rating: -30
Weight: 3 lbs 15 oz
Price Paid: mucho

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Fill weight 2 lb 0.5 oz / 921 g 2 lb 2.5 oz / 978 g
Loft 8 in / 20 cm
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