Coleman Traverse Mummy Sleeping Bag 0-20 Degrees
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Oringinally posted on January 15, 2016
As routine sometimes for assignments, I find myself car camping at venues for the events we're covering. Although I've camped a few times with a tent and fire, I enjoy camping out of the van. Everything is packed in its specific location, handy, and I find myself with a shelter and all the things I need already mobile and ready to go. Recently I noticed the sleeping bag I used was not designed for some of the temperatures I was encountering. It was more of a 3 season bag. I found myself van camping in the fourth season, Winter.
In the mountains of West Virginia, temperatures had dipped into the 30's. I'm usually geared up pretty well. Extra clothes when I needed them, and the ability to run the heat as needed before calling it a night and when waking up in the morning.
But with the colder weather, I would wake up multiple times in the middle of the night, being cold, or having a cold spot in my bag, on my back or around my head and neck.
I set out to find a new sleeping bag. One that would fit certain criteria, but not break the bank. After a bit of a search, I found it. The Coleman Traverse Mummy Sleeping Bag 0-20 degrees.
To begin with, the bag had to be rated for lower temperatures than I expected to be in. For this bag the temperatures I usually camp in are in the 30's. I wanted to be able to endure colder temperatures if needed. The Coleman Traverse is rated down to 0, with the comfort range being about 10 degrees. The higher rating of the bag is at 20 degrees. The Traverse uses a proprietary hollow Coletherm fill.
Second, I was looking for a mummy bag. Mummy bags are more efficient at keeping in your warmth. There's not a lot of extra space your having to heat. As you can see from the photo of the van above, I only have so much space. Most of the rectangular bags I had seen were wider than the space I had to use it in.
Third, the Price. For me it's always important I get the best price I can. I was looking for something that wouldn't break the bank but at the same time I would get the best bang for the buck. The best part of this bag so far was the price. I was able to find it locally for $40. Wow....that's what I told the guy when he did the price check. On line I had found the equivalent to be about $200. $200 was out of the question. I had found one close to in design and form. The price for it was around $65. My price range was $50 to $75. There are plenty of other bags out there for more and less, but that was where I was wanting to stay in price. My next shoot would be at a lodge where I would be staying in a room for about $75 a night. Finding a bag in this price range would for me make it worth the purchase. I could stay multiple nights for the cost of one night.
I knew from what I was looking to spend. I didn't expect much. A few nicer options that came with the bag were a spacious foot box. I feel as if I have more room in the bag and don't feel as if I'm being squeezed in. The Traverse fits most individuals up to 6'2".
An adjustable collar. Keeping the cold out of the bag from entering around the opening for your face.
An over sized draft tube. An over sized draft tube to keep heat in and the cold out along the zipper when the bag is closed.
An extra insulated layer. Like a comforter inside the sleeping bag. You can use it underneath yourself or on top as extra insulation from the cold ground or air above.
The zipper plow. A special attachment to the zipper to help prevent zipping the bag itself into the zipper. There's probably not to much more annoying than waking up in the morning and realizing you've trapped yourself in your bag and spending 5 minutes squirming out of your bag like a bug then trying to get the bag unzipped.
As with most mummy bags it comes with an adjustable hood for cinching it up around your head and there's a compartment inside the bag with a velcro closure for keeping items in the bag with you.
The exterior of the bag is made of a rip-stop diamond design nylon.
On the downside, so far there's been a couple things that stand out. First, once you pull it out of the stuff sac it comes with, it doesn't go back in easily. The machine that put it in there to begin with did a great job of stuffing it in. The stuff sac itself had adjustable straps for containing it. But taking more than a minute or two to get it back in means it's going in the recycle bin and another stuff sac or means of storage is my next purchase. It's a real wresting match to get it in just after unrolling it. I can only imagine how difficult it would be rolling it up at camp or in the van.
Weight. At 6.6 lbs it's almost twice the weight of other bags in the category. We expected this in a sleeping bag at this price point. We have a space for it in the van which it fits into , so for us its not big deal. If you were carrying it into the woods or on you pack for a multi-day excursion, you may want to look for something lighter.
The inside compartment. A full velcro stip inside the opening or a zipper in our opinion would have been better. I can see smaller items coming out of that compartment in the night.
The Coleman Traverse Mummy Bag 0-20 Degree Bag seems to be what we need to fit our needs. If you find yourself in the market for a new winter bag, you might be able to find it here. We were able to find it in the store on the shelf at about $40. A different version of the same bag can also be found online here. We'll update this page in the future, once we've had a chance to take it for a test drive. In the meantime, we'll see you at the races!
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