As I build out my fastpack, I’ve been trying to find the best (and most cost effective) gear to stuff it with. One of the most important pieces of any backpacker or fastpacker’s kits is a sleeping bag.
After reading a number of reviews, conducting some comparisons of my own based on weight and lower limit temperature ratings, it became apparent to me that the REI Flash was a hell of a good deal.
I bought the regular length, which is just fine for my 5’6″ frame. In fact, I just laid down on my bed in this bag and honestly couldn’t lay there much longer than the few minutes I did in my temperature controlled apartment. I seriously started to sweat!
This bag is unique compared to others I considered, primarily because it has 700-fill duck down on the topside of the bag, and a thinner synthetic layer on the bottom, which reduces weight and bulk.
I’m planning on using this for cowboy camping or tarp tent camping soon, and eventually I’d like to test out hammock camping with it. I’d be interested to see how it holds up in a hammock with the backside elevated and exposed to wind and cool air. I imagine I will need to use a sleeping pad inside the hammock to block the elements, but time will tell.
Here are some stats about the REI Flash Sleeping Bag:
|EN Lower Limit||29 degrees Fahrenheit|
|EN Comfort||41 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Temperature Rating (F)||29 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Temperature Rating (C)||-1.7 degrees Celsius|
|Insulation Type||Down, with synthetic bottom fill|
|Fill||700-fill duck down (top) and PrimaLoft Sport (bottom)|
|Lining||Nylon taffeta (super comfy)|
|Sleeping Bag Shape||Mummy|
|Fits Up To (in.)||
|Shoulder Girth (in.)||
|Hip Girth (in.)||
|Stuff Sack Size||7.5 x 15 inches|
|Stuff Sack Volume||11 liters|
Here are some photos of the bag in its various sacks:
Lots of good things to be said so far for this bag, but the true review will be upcoming when I give a proper go in the wilderness. Stay tuned for that review.