Published on January 24th, 2014 | by Greg0
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.