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Published on February 5th, 2017 | by Greg


Kelty Sine 20: Sleep Dry, Pack Light

Despite what Punxsutawney Phil said last week during Groundhog Day, this winter hasn’t been too bad for much of the United States. The more traditional forecasts don’t seem too bad, which means we might get an early spring and an extended camping season. Until then, we’re avoiding alpine sites unless we can stay in a lodge. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t had a chance to use some of our equipment, from pads and shoes to water purifiers and headlamps. And a couple of the coziest nights we’ve spent has been in today’s piece of gear.

The Kelty Sine 20 sleeping bag is available in both men’s and women’s, regular and long styles, as well as a slightly lighter version meant for temperatures above 35 degrees. The model as tested is rated for temps as low as 20 degrees, and uses 800-fill DriDown insulation with an adaptable design that can work in warmer conditions as well. Plus it weighs in at only about two pounds and a few ounces. The water-resistant finish helps keep moisture out, and even in a soggy environment, the Sine will dry quickly.

We liked the built-in pillow pocket, allowing you to use some clothes to make yourself a headrest. And though the shape is mummy-style, the footbox is larger than some, allowing you to move a bit without feeling so constricted. In fact, we’d almost describe the Sine as roomy! But the most visible and important difference are the zippers- a lower one allows ventilation and improved circulation, and they brag about their Arc zipper system, which is meant to offer a more natural zipper movement. Indeed, it was a more comfortable experience- plus, the parallel diagonal zipper stripes add a nice aesthetic touch too. We definitely appreciate that Kelty is pushing boundaries and trying new things when it comes to camping gear, like the inflatable Mach 4 we checked out a couple of years back.

Kelty calls the green-and-grey color combination woodbine. Like most sleeping bags, a compression stuff sack and mesh storage sack are included, and it packs up tight. Available now, online and in stores, expect to spend around $279.99 for the innovative Kelty Sine 20 sleeping bag.

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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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