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Published on September 4th, 2012 | by Kira

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Sierra Designs: Two Sleeping Bags In One!

You know what is bet­ter than a week­end in the city, es­pe­cial­ly over hol­i­days like La­bor Day? A week­end not in the city, camp­ing in the woods! I know I need a good break from this con­cert jun­gle from time to time for re­al green space. While I nor­mal­ly go camp­ing down in Mary­land with my Dad, there are quite a few parks not too far from New York City. Stat­en Is­land has some space and one can pop over to Sandy Hook pret­ty eas­i­ly. If you are will­ing to trav­el a bit more there are many more op­tions: Fahne­stock State Park, the Poconos Moun­tains, or the Wild­wood State Park. Now you just have to make sure you have the right gear!

I am as­sum­ing ev­ery­one ran out and got the Moun­tain­smith Gene­see – four per­son tent and the rE­volve chair af­ter I re­viewed them. So, we will fo­cus on your new sleep­ing bag. I will be hon­est, I am not much of a year round camper. A lightweight, I do not han­dle the cold very well. But if I was to pick up a year round camp­ing the Sier­ra De­signs Py­ro Ma­ni­ac 15/30 De­gree Sleep­ing Bag would be on the top of my list to use. This bag se­ri­ous­ly has all the bells and whis­tles, and plen­ty of in­su­la­tion!

For starters, as a per­son who sleeps un­der a down com­forter year round, the 600+fill goose down just makes me gid­dy. Noth­ing is warmer than down, it is very com­fort­able, and it is eas­i­ly com­pressed for pack­ing. With this bag on­ly weigh­ing in at 2 pounds and 13 ounces, you can com­fort­ably take it back­pack­ing, which means com­pres­sion and ver­sa­til­i­ty is key. The Py­ro Ma­ni­ac is rat­ed 15/30 de­grees, which makes this a three sea­son bag and it is like you are get­ting two sleep­ing bags for the price of one! The du­al tem­per­a­ture tech­nol­o­gy is a re­mov­able baf­fled down tor­so pan­el. There is a top pock­et that eas­i­ly snaps open or closed over the tor­so where this pan­el can be tak­en in and out. If you de­cide it is a warmer night and wish to take the pan­el out, there is a pock­et un­der the hood that you can put the pan­el in­to if you wish to use it as a pil­low.

This mum­my-style sleep­ing bag looks a bit like a co­coon, es­pe­cial­ly with the hood. To be hon­est, I am not the biggest fan of this shape for sleep­ing bags, as I move around a lot in my sleep and like to spread out. How­ev­er, for con­serv­ing and keep­ing warm, this shape, style, and the hood with the draw­strings is very ef­fec­tive. I was al­so hap­py to see that the zip­pers, which seem to be very stur­dy and snag-free, let you un­zip them from both sides giv­ing you the op­tion to have ven­ti­la­tion if you so de­sire.

The Sier­ra De­signs Py­ro Ma­ni­ac 15/30 De­gree Sleep­ing Bag is priced near the high end of the mid-range for win­ter sleep­ing bags at $320. How­ev­er, I have not seen any as ver­sa­tile as the Py­ro Ma­ni­ac. I know I will be hap­py to have this bag this win­ter.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.



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