Coleman Cloudcroft IR - Anthony "TJ" Smith
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Coleman Cloudcroft 40� Down Sleeping Bag
31 July 2006
Name � Anthony (TJ) Smith
Age � 31
Gender � Male
Height � 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Weight � 175 lb (79 kg)
Chest � 39" (99 cm)
Hips � 36" (91 cm)
Shoulder Girth � 48" (122 cm)
Hip Girth � 46" (117 cm)
Foot Girth � 30" (76 cm)
Email Address � tjsmith1946@...
City, State, Country � Pensacola, Florida USA Backpacking Background
I have been camping for a little over 5 years now, mostly car camping. I
have recently begun backpacking, and I am constantly adding new gear to my
"collection" in an effort to get my gear list tailored more towards
backpacking. Most of my backpacking trips are short duration, not more than
one or two nights. I am planning some longer trips in the near future.
My current pack weight is around 15-20 lb (7-9 kg) without food and water,
depending on if I'm solo camping or taking my son along, as I have to carry
some of his gear. I am a dedicated hammock camper and have tailored my
personal gear to that aspect of camping.
Year of Manufacture � 2006
Manufacturer URL � www.coleman.com
Stated Weight (per hang tag) � 2 lb 1 oz (940 g)
Stated Pack Size (per hang tag) � 6 x 14 in (15.25 x 35.5 cm)
Stated Bag Size � 31 x 80 in (79 x 203 cm)
Weights as Delivered
Sleeping Bag � 2 lb 2 oz (960 g)
Stuff Sack � 1.75 oz (50 g)
Storage Bag � 3-7/8 oz (114 g)
Pack Size as Delivered �6 x 12 in (15.25 x 30.5 cm)
Bag Size as Delivered � 30 x 80 in (76 x 203 cm)
Size Tested � Regular
MSRP � $120 USD
Other Versions Available � 20� and 0�
According to the hang tag included on the sleeping bag, the Cloudcroft has
the following features:
Goose down insulation offers a high warmth to weight ratio
600 fill power
310T Tactel(r) nylon offers wind and water resistance
Baffle box construction allows down to fully loft and keeps it from shifting
Side-block baffle keeps the down from shifting from the top of the bag to
Fully sculpted hood naturally covers more of the head for better heat
Which-One� draw cords allow for easy hood adjustment in the dark
Trapezoidal foot box is angled to allow for the foot's natural sleeping
Insulated zipper gusset minimizes heat loss at the zipper base
Upon unpacking the box the Cloudcroft was shipped in, I found packaged the
sleeping bag, a cotton storage bag, and the stuff sack for carrying the
Cloudcroft in its compressed state. Attached to the sleeping bag hang tag
was another tag describing the specific down used to fill the bag. According
to the information, the down is "Genuine Plume Des Pyr�n�es" certified down,
and includes a certificate number for the specific quality control run
number on the down.
The Cloudcroft is a down-filled, synthetic covered mummy-style sleeping bag.
The bag is orange on top and black on the bottom, with a gray lining. The
bag has a right side zipper that comes to within 6 in (15 cm) of the bottom
of the bag. The zipper has a pull at both the top and the bottom, and the
top pull can be operated from either inside or outside the bag. At the top
end of the zipper, near the hood, there is a flap with hook-and-loop
fasteners on it to keep the zipper in the closed position. Along the inside
edge of the zipper, in the bag, is a down-filled "tube" to help keep drafts
from entering the bag. On the bottom of the bag are two loops for hanging
the bag when stored. On the bottom of the bag attached to a seam on the foot
box is a tag with the care instructions, which are detailed below.
There is a storage pocket just inside the bag, located near the hood. This
pocket measures 5.5 x 7 in (14 x 18 cm). There is a small hook-and-loop
fastener on the opening of the pocket, apparently to keep the flap shut.
The hood fully covers my head when I'm in the bag, and cinches down quite
tight. There are two draw cords to seal the hood, and they are made of
different materials to assist in differentiating between the two cords. One
cord is a flat red cord and is used to cinch the bottom side of the hood.
The other is a round yellow cord, and is used to cinch the top of the hood
opening. Both the cords are knotted together at the end, and have a cord
lock on them to hold them in the cinched position.
After receiving the Cloudcroft and taking it out of the packaging, I began
to look at the various features and how well they work. The zipper pulls
seem to slide easily so far, although the pull on the inside for the top of
the zipper could be a little larger. The hood cinches down tight enough that
only my nose was exposed through the opening. With an indoor temperature of
65 F (18 C), the Cloudcroft was quite warm. I was unable to stay in for more
than a few minutes with the hood around my head and the zipper up all the
way. I anticipate based on this to be quite comfortable for the testing
period while using the Cloudcroft in my hammock. In addition, my silk Cocoon
liner fits quite well inside the bag, and will be used with the bag in
addition to the bag being used by itself. So far, I appear to have plenty of
room to move around, and was able to rotate from my back to my stomach
without problems. As to the actual construction of the bag, I did not notice
any loose strings or wandering seams. I will keep an eye out for these
during the testing, as well as any stitching that may come loose.
The Cloudcroft will be tested in a variety of locations throughout Northwest
Florida and Southeast Alabama. During the testing period, expected weather
conditions range from a high near 100 F (38 C), and lows approaching or just
below 50 F (10 C). I also anticipate varied levels of precipitation, from
bright sunny days with low humidity all the way to torrential downpours. The
terrain throughout the testing area ranges from very sandy soil to old and
new growth pine forests as well as areas of marshy bogs.
I currently have numerous trips planned throughout the testing period,
including several overnight trips and potentially one or two multi-night
The following are a list of issues I intend to explore:
How well does the bag handle various humidity levels? Does it feel as though
the down doesn't loft as well in high humidity, or does it not seem to be
How well does the zipper hold up? Does it snag on the fabric requiring
constant attention? Does it develop "sticky" spots that require some finesse
to get the zipper past?
How well does the bag handle potential dirt exposure? Does it readily stain,
or does it seem to repel light dirt and debris?
How well does the down retain its loft in the bottom of the bag (underneath
me), after being compressed under my weight for several nights?
How comfortable is the Tactel lining? Is it comfortable against bare skin,
or do I require clothing or a liner to be comfortable?
How well do the draft tubes keep drafts out of the bag?
How comfortable is the "semi-sculpted" hood? Does it make me feel confined?
Does it help at lower temperatures by preventing more heat loss from the
head? Does it cause too much heat retention during warmer nights?
I tend to toss and turn quite a bit at night. Does the bag have enough room
to allow for this? Or are some areas a bit confining in regards to constant
movement? In addition, does the bag stay in place during movement, or do I
end up with the zipper underneath me, or worse yet, on the opposite side
from where it is supposed to be?
As this is a 40 F (4 C) bag, is it appropriate for the warmer temperatures I
intend to encounter during the testing period or is the bag too warm? (For
reference, my current bag is a 35 F (2 C) and I don't normally use it if
night temperatures are over 75 F (24 C).)
How well does the bag loft after being compressed in its stuff sack inside
my pack while hiking?
Am I able to shift the down around easily to compensate for cold spots while
using the bag?
How useful is the interior storage pocket? Do I actually use this, or is it
an unnecessary extra for me?
I am a hammock user. During the testing period I will be using the bag
without a pad underneath, with a closed-cell foam pad, and with my Big Agnes
Insulated Air Core inflatable pad. How well does the bag work with each of
these setups? Are there issues with slipping off the pads? Does the
Cloudcroft have any pad straps to keep the bag on the pad, or is this a
feature that would even be needed?
This bag is listed as having "which one" cinch cords for cinching the hood.
Is this system actually user-friendly or more of a gimmick? Can I truly feel
a difference in the cords?
Do the baffles in the bag actually keep the down where it is supposed to be
and prevent shifting? Are the baffles constructed in such a way as to cause
me to feel "cold spots" on cooler nights?
I am familiar with the special care needed for down bags, as my current
sleeping bag is down. In looking over the Coleman literature available
online, this bag requires care similar to my current bag. I have readily
available access to a front-loading washer and commercial dryer with low
temperature settings in which to properly follow Coleman's guidelines for
care. I will address this topic in my report(s) as appropriate, and report
on the results of needed washing and the condition of the bag after washing.
I also intend to report on any other issues that may arise during my testing
of this product.
My thanks to Coleman and BackpackGearTest for allowing me to test this item.
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