Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Quilt-like Sleeping Bag - Thermarest Parsec 20F - Review

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It is time to review the Thermarest Parsec 20F/-6C Sleeping Bag which can easily be used as a quilt in warmer weather!

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Price : $369.95 - $409.95 Retail – At the time of filming I found the regular size for $290 online.
Weight Regular with stuff bag : 2lbs 4.3oz

Weight of stuff bag : 3.2oz
Sizes : Small – Regular - Long
Colors : Yellow and White – Called White Heat
Included : Bag, Storage sack and compression stuff sack
Regular Pack Size : 10 in x 15 in
Regular Dimensions : Width 31 in X Long 80 in
Fill material :800 Fill Goose Nikwax Hydrophobic Down RDS
Shell fabric :20D Polyester Ripstop w/DWR
Lining fabric :20D Polyester Taffeta
Zipper side :Left
800-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down
Integrates bag with a mattress.

Zoned Insulation : Maximizes warmth and saves weight by intentionally placing fill where you need it most. The Parsec places 60% of the fill on top and 40% on the bottom to give the bag an elite warmth-to-weight ratio.
Toe-asis Foot Warmer Pocket: Ergonomic toe box that rapidly warms cold feet in a pocket of warm down.
Quilt and Blanket Loops: Customize your sleep system by layering our quilts or tech blankets for increased warmth.
Responsible Down Standard Certified: Certification that ensures that the waterfowl in the down supply chain are treated humanely.
Additional features: Heat-trapping draft collars, full-length zipper draft tubes, differential cut, snag-free zipper, cinchable hood and external zip pocket.
Pros :
Price : While pricey it is comparable to other sleeping products with similar weights and temp ranges. Cheaper than many offerings from cottage companies – in some cases but a huge margin!
My experiences and this review is based upon easily 30 trips out with this bag; all over the country including CO, VA, NC, TN and even the coast. Used in the summer, fall and winter.
In tents, under tarps and in a bivy once.
Very light weight for a 20 degree bag.

Packs down very small.
Very warm – I’ve tested this bag out into the teens are was comfortable with no additional clothing. I do sleep warm though. Susie has used it as well and was comfortable into the mid 20’s. Naturally everyone is different so you mileage will vary. Because of the design, you can use this in a large variety of temp ranges.
Can be used as a traditional sleeping bag or flipped backwards and used as a quilt in warmer conditions.
This works incredibly well!
It is a loose fitting sleeping bag which means that it is comfortable and not restrictive. Room for clothing when pushing the temp range. Loose but not so roomy that they’re inefficient.”
Toe box tilted for the natural angle of a relaxed foot allow for an even more customized fit. Additionally, a slick design feature called differential cut allows the down fill to loft more completely and reduce cold spots.
Bag attaches to your sleeping pad so you can toss and turn all night without wodding up your bag. This is a really nice feature – on a recent trip with susie, I woke in the morning and the zipper was in the center of my back and I couldn’t reach it.
The down handles moist/damp conditions without any issues or impacts to warmth.
The oversized draft tubes around the neck/face and zipper area work incredibly well by holding in heat and blocking out cold air.
Excellent loft distribution; It has a 60/40 split with 60% of the down on the top and 40% of the down on the bottom.
The bag has a little zip pocket in which I store the pad straps and an inflatable pillow.
Cons :
Not a huge fan of the compression bag; it does what it needs to do but a simple and lighter compression bag would be my preference. I generally leave the including stuff bag at home and take another that I own instead.
The name of the bag is the Parsec 20F but the EU comfort rating for this bag is 30F and it says so on the bag itself. This is confusing and Therm-a-rest needs to do a better job of explaining this – I know how all about the independent testing protocols but most people do not.
Yellow and white color may show grime over time.
Also, the color isn’t one that I naturally gravitate towards and for those who care about cosmetics may not like this.


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