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Published on January 24th, 2014 | by Greg


Sierra Designs Zissou 6: Stay Dry, Warm In This Excellent Sleeping Bag

Believe it or not, now might be the perfect time to go camping. We’re pretty freezing cold indoors, thanks to irregular radiators and uncertain heaters. And, certainly, we wouldn’t suggest heading out with a lot of gear to keep yourself toasty warm- jackets, boots, thick socks, headwear and as many layers as you can bear wearing. But at night, you can ignore the frost and curl up tight in a sleeping bag that can handle it.

The Sierra Designs Zissou 6 is suitable for all the way down to 6 degrees Fahrenheit, a mummy-shaped sleeping bag featuring DriDown. We’ve talked about it before on these pages, and it’s a nifty insulation that is “treated with a molecular level polymer to create a hydrophobic finish”. Basically, it’s a method to take the advantages of down- warmth and comfort- and combine it with the pluses of synthetics, like their ability to shrug off and repel water.

The Zissou 6 isn’t too heavy either, weighing in at only an ounce over three pounds. They claim that it can stay dry up to ten times longer, retain 34% more loft when exposed to moisture and humidity, and dry 33% faster than untreated down. This bag is 700-fill, a nice 100 count boost over last year’s model (which one Sierra Designs quite a few awards). Both a stuff sack and a storage sack are included, and it compresses easily in our tests for simple travel. The hood and collar keeps out wind, even in those stiff blizzard-like conditions that we’ve been seeing recently. But the best part of the Zissou 6 is the zippers- where many sleeping bags tend to catch occasionally, which can be pretty frustrating in the dark and cold, this has awesome corded zippers that prevent snags and are our new favorite feature.

We’re long-time fans of Sierra Designs, and have been testing out another bag of theirs for a few months actually as a long-term test, review coming soon. But the Zissou 6 only has one downside- it’s a bit expensive unless you intend on using it (and needing) the year-round capabilities. For even fall camping, it might be too hot actually. But it’s been amazing- and very necessary- this winter. Available now, expect to spend around $320. 

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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