Comfort is king with Kelty’s snug Tru Comfort, which stands out as a versatile three-season bag thanks to its clever double-layer design. The weight, however, might mean it sees more action in the campsite than out on the hill.
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Kelty Women’s Tru Comfort 20°F: first impressions
Given its name, it’s unsurprisingly that the Kelty Women’s Tru Comfort 20°F’s main aim is a cozy night’s sleep.
How is the women’s version of the Tru Comfort female-specific? There’s an increased fill weight for added warmth, and the bag is shorter and slightly narrower in order to reduce pack weight (although it does still tip the scales at a chunkier weight than some others tested out in our Best women’s sleeping bags buying guide). That said, Kelty’s design is ideal for car camping, camper vans and traditional camping vacations.
• RRP: $120 (US) / £110 (UK)
• Style: Oversized mummy
• Weight: 2.33kg / 5lb 2oz
• Max user height: 173cm / 5ft 8in
• Packsize: 33 x 47cm / 13 x 19in
• Fill: Synthetic ThermaPro Insulation
• Comfort: -3°C/27°F
• Limit: -7°C / 20°F
• Compatibility: 3-season camping and backpacking
In the field
This female-specific sleeping bag is large and on the heavy side, but it’s definitely one of the most comfortable sleeping bags we tested out. We really like the oversized mummy fit (see: Types of sleeping bag), which hugs the body and keeps in heat but still allows you to wear extra layers to bed if needed, and will also suit bigger women (see: How to choose a sleeping bag).
An innovative double-layer system on the front of the bag lets you unzip different compartments for a warmer or cooler sleep – we like this feature as it makes this bag a true three-season design that’ll keep you cosy in autumn but won’t overheat on a hot summer’s night. Feeling too hot? Just reach down and open the large vents cut diagonally across the front of the bag.
While this is a narrower version of the unisex bag, it’s one of the best bags we tested for larger women, who may find other female-specific bags too slim. The only factor that may not suit some hikers and multiday trekkers is the weight of the Tru Comfort – at 2.3kg it’s far heavier than many other women’s sleeping bags, and too big and bulky to work for lightweight backpacking trips.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.