A cosy and comfortable down sleeping bag. Good warmth for its weight and pack size and responsibly manufactured, too.
High spec, quality sleeping bag
High warmth-to-weight ratio
More difficult to launder than synthetic bags
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REI Co-op Down Time 25: first impressions
The REI Co-op Down Time 25 is a practical solution to a couple of camping-with-kids challenges. When you are heading off into the wilds, for a bigger adventure spread across several days (and, more importantly, nights) making sure your children have the best sleeping bag that offers lots of warmth for a low weight and pack size is a crucial consideration.
The REI Down Time 25 is designed for exactly such scenarios, and is ideal both for kids and smaller adults (anyone under 5’ 6” in height), making it a great choice for family backpacking escapades and longer travelling adventures.
• RRP: $149 (US)
• Weight: 1000g / 2Ib 2oz
• Style: Mummy
• Max user height: 168cm / 66in
• Pack size: 18 x 38cm / 7 x 15in
• Fill: 600-fill-power RDS certified duck and goose down
• Temperature rating: –4˚C/25˚F
• Colors: Briarsmoke / Purple Orchid
• Compatibility: Family camping trips, backpacking
REI Co-op Down Time 25: in the field
Stuffed with responsibly sourced, 600-fill-power water-resistant down, the REI Down Time 25 feels great to snuggle into and should retain its loft and warmth even in damp conditions, which is sometimes and issue with down (see synthetic insulation or natural down for more information).
The baffle construction prevents down from migrating or clumping, minimizing cold spots which, along with a durable, rustle-free recycled Nylon shell and soft-feel polyester liner, all helps to guarantee a good night’s sleep.
The Down Time 25’s shape is cleverly contoured to be snug but not restrictive, with a squared-off base for extra foot room. Rather than down, the base has a synthetic fill so it dries quickly.
The contoured hood will accommodate a small camping pillow, and adjusts for a perfect fit, along with the insulated draught collar. Although it is expensive compared with its full synthetic counterparts, if looked after well this sleeping bag will last for many years of adventures and is perfect for passing down within families.
Award-winning outdoor adventure writers and photographers, Jen and Sim are the authors of eight books, including The Adventurer’s Guide to Britain, Amazing Family Adventures and the forthcoming 100 Great Walks with Kids, which will be published in March 2021. In 2015 they spent a year living under canvas, exploring Britain’s wild places with their two young children. Find out more at Adventure Places.