Since I ran across a nice priced deal, I bought two of these bags (+20º Regular) for me and my son. We made a trip up northeast this past spring and the bag did not only hold-up to our campouts, but it kept us warm too. I didn't really pay much attention to it, but my son liked the colors of the bag...I was more impressed that it provided a zipper that didn't snag. Nothing too complex or extreme about this bag, it just does the job when you need a good, quality camping bag.
Got this for my wife because she sleeps a lot colder than I do. She loves it. Feels like boxer shorts, fits in her rectangle mummy bag well and unzips fully so you can use it as a blanket.
- Andy P.
If you are looking for a fleece sleeping bag you can't go wrong with this one. It rolls up nicely with the attached loops and stores fairly small. It comes with in a nylon sack, but the sack does not compress the bag. Luckily for me though this sleeping bag fits into my down sleeping bag's compression sack for when I need to fit it in my pack. That being said even without a copressable sack, this isn't a large bag and won't take up that much room. I have only used this on warm (70 degrees plus) nights and it has kept me warm. I don't know if I want to be in this bag if it gets much cooler but it is perfect for the summer months around my house. My down bag can fit inside this bag on cold nights too for a little extra warmth. I haven't actually had to do this yet so I'm not sure exactly how much extra warmth it will provide but it should provide some.
Great price and warm to 50 degrees.If you are over 6' tall its tight as a mummy bag. I sleep in a hammock and I have been pleased. Packs to the size of a football which is plenty small for me. Very comfortable for 60-80 degree weather.I bought it as a summer sleeping bag not as a liner I feel it would be a good liner but I don't camp in really cold weather. Thinking about using it at Philmont.
Clearwater 20 Regular
Bought this bag as a novice only concerned about the price. I have used it now for two summers backpacking up in the Colorado Rockies and it has well exceeded the claims and my expectations. I am now preparing for my third summer in Colorado and would not even consider needing another bag.
- Robert M.
This ALPS bag is a unique find. On one side is the same basic fabric that ALPS uses with their liner bags and the other side is the warmer side of the bag that's more of a nylon, typical sleeping bag fabric and fill. I use mine during warmer weather with my ALPS liner bag as my main covering, but then unzip this bag about 3/4 way down (zipper "locks" nicely) and lay on top of the liner side of the bag. Often times I'm still pretty warm when falling asleep, but during the night I get a little cool and then can just flip the fill side of the bag over me. It's worked great like this. The big sell for me on this was that it is 33" wide and I don't feel so confined in it. I often fly to camp at the National Parks and this was one of the reasons I picked up this bag for its small size. Rather than have a more bulky bag I prefer this and would rather layer my clothes in cooler weather and have a more compact bag or to use a fleece sleeping bag that I pack in my carry on bag with it since they roll up pretty tight too. I've never seen another bag like it and am glad I picked this up. Given all the cleanliness concerns that hotels/motels seem to have these days (i.e., bedbugs and other unwanted things) I can easily envision me using this in hotels or if I plan to stay overnight at someone's home so that person doesn't have to wash up sheets on my behalf for a brief visit. Great for sleepovers for kids or for summer camp too!
- CNY Camper
I absolutely love this bag. The new MicroX Insulation provides warmth and a light weight bag @ only 2 lbs and 11 oz. total weight, excellent for backpacking the spring-fall seasons. The compression stuff sack boasts four lashing straps that run end to end as opposed to around the bag on most others! It packs down to a mere 13" x 7"! There are 3 sizes of Clearwater bags (reg, long, and wide). This bag is REG which is 32"x80". I am 5'8" with a 44" chest and it was difficult to zip bag past shoulders(length was fine), but at only 55 dollars and free shipping, I am keeping it for my wife to whom it fits very well(5'7" petite) and I will get the wide size(36"x84") for me. I only gave four stars because I have not field tested it yet! The bag and compression sack both appear very well made I look forward to using them on my upcoming hikes!
- Tug S.
Bought this bag to camp with my son and his Scout Troop. I looked at some of the other reviews and was a little leary at first, but it was recommended by a friend of mine so I got one. I did get the wide version for a little more room and I am very glad I did. The bag packs down well and comes with it's own compression sack that actually works great(Bonus!)and fits inside my pack or strapped to the outside if it is a longer trip. Recently took a trip to Flaming Gorge Wyoming for 7 days and I was quite comfortable in the bag while tent camping. Temps dropped to the high 40s to low 50s at night with high winds....I stayed warm and comfortable. I have a Browning 0 degree bag for colder trips so I don't need this bad to meet the colder conditions. I like having the lighter bag for 40 degrees and aove. With the wide bag I am able to use a liner if needed and if it is too cold for that I'll switch to the warmer bag. Make sure you use a good insulating layer between you and the ground or no bag will ever be warm enough. Overall this is a great bag for it's intended purpose. The material is higher quality and the zipper functions great with no snagging. I'd definitly recommend it.
- W. Bonno
I really love this mummy bag. I bought a really compact mummy bag before this one but I had to return it because it was so lightweight that it didn't keep me warm. I bought this sleeping bag in its place and it keeps me really warm. It is a bit bigger than the one I had before, and it's honestly a little frustrating to get it in the stuff sack if you don't have it rolled really tightly, but it's a great product. The zipper hasn't snagged or anything, and once it's in the sack, it's very portable. I'm very satisfied.
- David M.
I wanted a light sleeping bag for summer camping ... this APLS bag is perfect. Though it is 33 inches wide and I am not really that large of a person, so far I have found it most comfortable to unzip it and use it more like a blanket on my air mattress than crawling into it. The main feature of this bag that I like is how small it is when rolled up.
I needed a new bag and wanted to try the lower price realm. With $$$ you can always get a great bag. This one is a great deal. Super light and compact, and just seems high grade in general. Would recommend to anyone camping in warmer temps, but with silk sheets I'd be comfortable at about 20 degrees even with this bag. ALPS seems to be a solid brand in general.
- CSUF jordn
Crescent Lake 20
This bag is great! I took it up Mt. Tyndale, CA 14,015ft on July 7, 2011. Spent the night on top in a tiny rock opening because it was too dark to descend and it was starting to rain. So it kept me nice and warm despite being a bit damp and being at high elevation. I would guess the temp dropped slightly below freezing overnight after the thunderstorms passed as there was fresh ice on the rocks. So I'm sure the bag would work well down to 20 deg, especially if sleeping a bit lower with more oxygen. Also the bag is way light!
- Brian F.
Clearwater 35 Sleeping Bag
Wanted to share a surprisingly good experience with an ALPS product. Last week, my scout troop did a cold weather camping trip. It was a great trip, with lows in the mid 20s. I had planned to use a recently purchased Clearwater 35 wide with a fleece bag liner. However, I was completely comfortable in just the bag, without the liner. I don't generally expect a bag rated to 35 degrees to keep me warm in the 20s, but this one did. The only problem was convincing myself to get out of it the next morning.
- Robin P
I wanted to tell you guys that you have some pretty awesome equipment, I went on a camping trip last Oct, I used a Navajo sleeping bag with a light weight sleeping pad, the first night it was so cold, dropped to 29 degrees, I was not cold after I got into my sleeping bag. The sleeping bag is very well constructed, and worked awesome. I also use the Denali 5500 Internal pack, there is so much room in that bag, it is amazing. I had it loaded, well for me anyways, it weighted 55lbs, and had a nice hike to the camp site. Thank you for such great products, keep up the good work.
- Dennis H.
Crescent Lake -20 Degree
The Crescent Lake -20 degree bag is simply amazing. This mummy bag is roomy and comfortable. The "long" fits my 6'2" frame perfectly and the loft added an additional layer of cushion that lulled me to sleep. The second test for warmth was in the Utah wilderness at an elevation of 9,000 feet. The temperatures dipped down into the teens and I felt NONE of it!!!! I usually sleep with a beanie hat on to keep my bald head from losing all my heat. I'm happy to say I abandoned the hat and cinched down the mummy bag until only my face was visible. Warm, warmer, warmest!!! My exposed face was literally freezing, but my t-shirt adorned body was toasty warm. I will never freeze again with the Crescent Lake -20 degree bag! Thank you for meeting and beating my expectations with a sweet bag. I recommend Alps Mountaineering to everyone who asks and some that don't!
- Preston B.
Clearwater 35 Degree Bag
I was skeptical about the rating of the bag because most manufacturers over judge bags by 5-10 degrees, so I took a fleece liner. I think you have the rating of this bag dead on.
- Matthew B.
Blue Ridge 20 Degree Wide Sleeping Bag
This is the most comfortable mummy bag I've ever tried... I own a Kelty +10 and this bag is warmer!
- Rick C.
Silver Springs II
I bought an ALPS mummy sleeping bag with the HoloFill2 (i think it was the Silver Springs II) 4 or 5 years ago and I have been using it ever since. I have used it below the 20 degrees rating and it still works great, except for my cold feet. I use it about 10 times a year, usually 3-4 days and this bag is the most versatile I have used, although not too good when its hot. The quality construction is superb, and if it ever fails I will buy another Alps bag. Thanks for the great gear.