Published on September 4th, 2012 | by Kira0
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.