Tackle the cold in this hardy four-weather bag, which provides welcome insulation in key areas and is snug enough to keep warmth in and the winter at bay.
Streamlined mummy shape
Not super lightweight
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Mountain Hardwear Women’s Lamina sleeping bag: first impressions
The Mountain Hardwear Women’s Lamina 15°F / -9°C sleeping bag includes extra insulation in key areas such as the torso and the feet to keep you warmer, which along with a narrow foot box and small, adjustable hood, are features designed to really help seal in warmth on chilly nights.
While at 1.38kg it’s not super lightweight, this bag is still packable enough to work in a larger rucksack for wild camping or mountain adventures, when the warmth is very welcome (see also: The best three-season sleeping bag).
The Lamina is also available in different lengths and with various zipper locations. If you need something for more extreme mountain temperatures, there’s a unisex version of the Lamina rated down to a whopping -26C, or if you’re after a more casual bag for summer, there’s a female-specific version rated down to -1C.
• RRP: $200 (US) / £170 (UK)
• Style: Mummy
• Weight: 1,505g / 3lb 5oz
• Length: Regular 203cm / 80in Long 218cm / 86in
• Max user height: Regular 172cm / 5ft 7.7in Long 185cm+ / 6ft+
• Packsize: 24 x 46cm / 9.5 x 18in
• Fill: Thermal.Q synthetic insulation
• Comfort: -9°C / 15°F
• Limit: -16°C / 3°F
• Compatibility: With a 3-season plus rating, this bag will keep you cosy nearly all year in most conditions
In the field
If you love camping adventures far from the beaten track but struggle to stay warm in cold conditions, the Mountain Hardwear Women’s Lamina is our pick of the pack (see: Best women’s sleeping bags). The extra padding and female-specific design elements really work, and this was one of the snuggest and most streamlined sleeping bags we’ve tested in this category.
That narrow footbox and slim leg area are ideal for keeping warm, but don’t leave much room for manoeuvring – restless sleepers and larger women may find this part of the Lamina’s design too restrictive for them (there’s more about finding the right-shaped bag for you in our Types of sleeping bag article).
Overall, however, with the level of warmth it supplies, the thought that has gone into the female-specific the design, and the versatility of options available, it’s a great choice for more adventurous women campers.
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.