EMS Mountain Light 20° Sleeping Bag Review


After more than a decade of use (and I don't know how many nights), my Caribou 3-Season sleeping bag was done for: the Primaloft insulation had lost its loft and wasn't even keeping me warm on cool summer nights. I replaced it with an EMS Mountain Light 20° sleeping bag, which I've been using for a while now.

This is my first goose down-filled bag, and I had reservations about buying one. When down gets wet, its ability to retain warmth is completely gone. But this bag has a Pertex Microlight shell, which actually does seem to do a good job of keeping the down dry, even in the perpetually-wet weather I often find myself camping in. The bag keeps me warm down to about 25°. The bag packs very small--about 7 × 10 inches when compressed.

My big complaint about the EMS Mountain Light 20° is the zipper: it snags constantly. Getting into and out of the bag is always a lot more work than I think it should be.

Even so, the bag seems like a pretty good deal to me. I can't say I completely recommend it--I'd want to research bags to find one with a zipper that doesn't snag so much. If price were the primary concern, though, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

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