IR - REI Flash sleeping bag - Ed Morse
Gail, Hope I didn't leave too many blunders for you to catch. Looking
forward to your edits.
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REI FLASH SLEEPING BAG
TEST SERIES BY EDWIN MORSE
August 23, 2013
NAME: Edwin Morse
EMAIL: ed dot morse at charter dot net
LOCATION: Grand Traverse County, Michigan, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
WEIGHT: 145 lb (65.80 kg)
I started backpacking in 1979 with two weeks in northern Michigan along the
Lake Superior shore. My gear was cheap, heavy and sometimes painful. My
starting pack weight was 70 lb (32 kg) with food but no water. Since then I
have made one- and two-week trips in Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire and
Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Florida. Now my pack weighs between
22 and 32 lb (10 and 15 kg). I'm slowly learning what lighter gear works.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Manufacturer: Made in China for REI
Year of Manufacture: 2013
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.rei.com"
Listed Weight: 25 oz (709 g)
Measured Weight: 26 oz (737 g)
Other details: The Flash sleeping bag is rated at 32 F (0 C) for men and 41
F (5 C) for women. It is filled with 8 oz (227 g) of 800 fill power down on
top and sides and 2.2 oz (62 g) polyester fiber, Primaloft (R) Sport , on
the bottom. The shell is waterproof breathable fabric on the hood, side
panels and footbox and Durable Water Repellant ripstop nylon on the top and
bottom. The bag is light green on the top and bottom while the waterproof
hood, sides and footbox are a light grey. The inside of the bag is all
black. There is a hang loop on both top and bottom.
I had several thoughts when I opened the box. The 800-fill goose down
insulation on the top, sides and hood is thick and soft. On the other hand
the polyester insulation on the bottom is very thin, where my Neoair must
provide the insulation. The stuff sack is roomy enough to easily stuff the
bag. The storage sack is about half the size I expected, measuring 18.5 in
(47 cm) deep with 14 in (36 cm) in diameter. Here is a picture showing the
storage sack lying on top of the sleeping bag.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "storage sack" IMAGE CAPTION = "storage
The stuff sack is 14.5 in (37 cm) deep by 7 in (18 cm) in diameter. The next
picture shows both the stuff sack and the color of the green top and the
grey waterproof side panel.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "stuff sack" IMAGE CAPTION = "stuff sack">>
The ripstop nylon top and bottom is light green color while the waterproof
breathable fabric on the hood, side panels and footbox are a grey color. The
next picture shows the 8 in (20 cm) wide side panel.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "waterproof side panel" IMAGE CAPTION = "side
The inside lining is black mini-ripstop polyester. The plastic coil zipper
is backed by wide anti-binding binding tape. The zipper can be opened from
either bottom or top. At the top there is a small pocket for the slider.
There is a hang loop at the hood and another at the footbox. The required
bedding tag is sewn at the bottom of the bag near the 12.5 in (32 cm) high
footbox. The next picture shows the bedding tag, the second shows the
footbox from the bottom end.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "bedding tag" IMAGE CAPTION = "required
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "footbox" IMAGE CAPTION = "waterproof
I would assume the bag was manufactured in 2013 except for the small tag
sewn under the bedding tag with several numbers and "China/Nov 12". On the
other hand the bottom number could indicate a date of June 13, 2013. Here is
a picture of that small tag.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "small tag" IMAGE CAPTION = "small tag">>
There is an elastic cord that goes around the inside front of the hood with
a cord lock at the right side of the hood. Here is a picture showing the end
of the elastic cord and the cord lock.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "elastic cord" IMAGE CAPTION = "elastic cord
and cord lock">>
This allows me to tighten the hood so just my nose and mouth are uncovered.
READING THE INSTRUCTIONS
The only instructions are on the care tag sewn on the inside of the top,
near the top of the zipper. Here is a picture of the care tag.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "care tag" IMAGE CAPTION = "REI care tag">>
Essentially it tells me to wash the bag the same as I wash my other down
bags and quilts.
TRYING IT OUT
I have not yet had the Flash sleeping bag out to sleep overnight in a tent.
I did spread it on the floor and crawl inside. I was surprised when I zipped
it all the way closed it seemed very roomy inside. I pulled the hood tight
so there was just room to breathe. I still did not feel restricted.
The jury is still out on whether I will feel restricted, I've used a quilt
for the last five years. Perhaps the Flash bag will seem less restricting
when a cold wind blows through. With the quilt I have to pull it tight all
around to keep the wind out. Is it possible I can be comfortable in the bag
with the zipper closed and the hood snug?
The REI Flash sleeping bag has a lot of features that I'm looking forward to
trying out. With colder weather fast approaching this will be an interesting
challenge. So far I can see things to like but not many negatives.
The two-way zipper,
The hood that can tighten around my face to keep the wind out,
The light weight, same as my quilt but with added features,
Temperature rating , is it good or bad? I do have room to add clothing
I haven't found any negatives yet, perhaps
Temperature rating , is it good or bad? Will I be warm enough?
This concludes my Initial Report.
I would like to thank REI and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to use
and test the Flash sleeping bag.
This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
Copyright 2013. All rights reserved.
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