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    Marmot, Trestles -3F / -19C Sleeping Bag

    The Marmot sleeping bag called, Trestles 0
    is actually EN tested at -3F / -19C comfy rating,
    and has a -40F/C survival rating.

    This synth bag has incredible loft.

    As many have stated on other sites,
    the zipper, all be it a very nice zipper,
    it is a challenge to operate.

    The stuff sack is just adequate,
    with a draw cord that is sorely lacking.
    The stuff sack compression straps however, are awesome,
    and can compress the bag to near its size.

    There is a standard and large choice, 6' or 6'6".

    Choices include left or right double ended zipper,
    with a 1/2 length zipper on the other side.
    There is a zippered pocket inside for storage, somewhat small, but there.

    Draw cords for the Insulated Collar which has two snaps on each side instead of velcro.

    The hood and breast flap have separate draw cords.
    The head hood is a very nice touch.

    The bag has amble foot room and a decent ankle spread for a mummy.

    I have never had an Insulated Collar in a bag,
    So I was glad it didnt seem to be in the way to much,
    And will grow to love it in real cold weather.

    First test, it was 0C and I was in a Clark NX150 4 season Jungle Hammock
    with Z-Liner and DIY pads to fill hammock pockets.
    I wore a cotton short sleeve T shirt, and long sleeve Turtle neck,
    Dakota dri wear lower long johns, and standard socks.

    In my first test at 0C or 32F, I was just over the edge of, to warm.
    I didnt sweat but was very close to it.

    Getting into the bag, standing beside the hammock is as easy as any bag,
    And then sitting and swinging into the hammock is as all other bags.
    Organizing the lay in the bag while in the hammock is also a task,
    But no more so than with other bags.

    I could feel that the loft under me was much more retained than my other bags.
    The loft above was cozy, and the set up did not take long at all to warm.
    The time to warm the bag seemed shorter than my other bags,
    And I am not sure that is in any way a scientific declaration,
    But seemed to warm really fast.

    As time goes on I will update this report with colder temps,

    I believe that with the setup I have I could easily get down to -30/-35 in comfy mode.
    But we'll see . . .

    I see a couple of plus's and maybe 1 minus
    Plus's are EN rated so you know it is like comparing apples to apples
    so when it is held to a down bag they will perform basically equal while sleeping,
    if conditions are dry.
    Cost at $125 cnd, is totally acceptable compared to a down bag at about $549.

    Minus, down is lighter and compresses more . . .

    . . . oh well . . . according to the EN testing I can go colder by 2
    for $424 less.

    I would say the plus' totally out weighs the minus


    Thanks for reading.

    Last edited by Bradley; 01-16-2011 at 00:35.
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    Good info. What size is it compressed?
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    10.5" x 19" before

    10.5" x 13" compressed

    So My almost 1/2 was a little like "Wishfull thinking "

    I plan on DIY 2 compression sacks that will equal my pack diameter at 12"
    so both my bag and hammock will fit better and compress to a shorter length.
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    Thanks for this review! I was browsing around for a new bag literally 2 days ago and was checking this one out. Great price, good temperature rating, and I like the sound of your review. It is a bit heavy, but its fitting nicely in my price range. We shall see. Keep us updated on the colder temperatures! Thanks again
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    I've had one of these for about 6 years, in the tall size. It not only lofts - it fights back! It is very difficult to get compressed into a size that fits in the stuff sack, but still quite large in the stuff sack and quite heavy. My model didn't have any compression straps, though. I only took it on one "hiking" outing before switching to a down bag, which is warmer, lighter and compresses much smaller. It isn't all bad though - I still use the trestles bag indoors or in "car camping" situations where its greater durability is a plus.

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    it's not all bad but mine doesn't feel like a 0 dgree bag.. Under freezing and I freeze.. froze for a whole week.. 2 months later ordered my down TQ.. it's heavy too at 5 lbs and it takes up about half or just under half of my 75L back.. but if you're camping by the car and plan on day hiking it's just fine..
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    I have one of these -- slept well at 19F and on an Exped synmat 7 pump. Other than having a kinked neck in the morning, I was warm and comfy. This was on the ground in a tent.

    It's very bulky. At almost 6 pounds -- but it does (barely) fit in its stuff sack. The compression straps were welcome!
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