Clean, green, cozy and comfortable for 3-season use in almost any scenario, this is a decent down bag, available for a good price.
- Ultra-affordable down bag
- Small face opening seals in warmth
- Zipper from neck to hood hard to operate from inside
Sierra Designs Women’s Get Down 20°: first impressions
Manufactured with a low impact on the environment, the Sierra Designs Women’s Get Down 20° is cozy, comfortable and light, and also gentle on the planet (part of the reason it features in our Best women’s sleeping bags article). This 500-fill, three-season bag uses a water-repelling down that’s PVC-free that also meets the responsible down standard.
The bag’s three-quarter zipper is anti-snag for easy use, and it is placed closer to the ground than in other bags, so that sleepers can fold back the top for a kind of venting that feels more like your bed at home. It comes with a stuff sack.
• RRP: $180 (US)
• Weight: 1,120g / 2lb 8oz
• Length: 188cm / 74in
• Max user height: 173 cm / 5ft 8in
• Pack size: 20 x 43cm / 8 x 17in
• Fill: 550 fill power DriDown that is PFC-free and is certified to the Responsible Down Standard
• Comfort: -5°C / 23°F
• Limit: -11.67°C / 11°F
• Compatibility: Three season camping and exploring
In the field
Sometimes three-quarter zip bags can feel confining, but this one did not. Partly that’s because the zipper is lower to the ground, so when I opened it all the way, I was able to fold the top of the bag back more completely than other bags with a partial zip (see: How to choose a sleeping bag).
The polyester taffeta liner was silky soft and felt cozy, not cold on my skin. And the zipper didn’t snag when I zipped and unzipped it during the night. When it was chilly, I cinched the hood down to seal in heat.
Sewn-in hang loops at the foot let me hang this bag to air or for storage when I wasn’t using it. The bag had a generous but not sloppy fit with a spacious foot box (there‘s more on finding the right shape for you in our Types of sleeping bag article).
I wasn’t swimming in it, but I was able to change positions during the night without feeling cramped. Side sleepers take note, however: the lower-positioned zipper can be uncomfortable if it ends up under your hip or shoulder. And the weird hand pocket would be better replaced with a zip pocket to hold a headlamp.
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