68820"Owner Review-- Kelty Stratus +35 Sleeping Bag"
- Jan 5, 2006KELTY STRATUS +35 DEGREE FAHRENHEIT LONG RIGHT ZIPPER SLEEPING BAG
Name: Adam Goodwin
Height: 6' 4" (1.9 Meters)
Weight: 170 lbs.(77 kg.)
Email Address: maksidaa@...'
City, State, Country: Athens, Georgia, USA
Date: January 5, 2005
Backpacking Background: I started camping and backpacking as a boy
scout in my early teens and have kept it up when possible between
school and work. Usually I'll take a weekend trip to the north
Georgia mountains or just find a lake near my home and go fishing and
camping with my wife. I would consider myself an amateur camper and
my wife is certainly new to it all, but we have fun with it. We try
to go on a trip every month. We've bought some light weight gear to
help her on the longer hikes (which is pretty much all of them for
her!). Being from the south we don't like the cold weather months as
much as the warmer months.
Year of Manufatcture: 2003 (in China!)
Listed Weight: 2 lb 7 oz.
Weight as Delivered: 2 lb. 8 oz.
33" Wide x 82" Long x 66" Girth
100% Nylon ripstop shell and interior lining
Thermolite Quallofil filling
The Stratus came in a cardboard box that included the sleeping bag as
well as a stuff sack. The stuff sack was black with a draw cord at
The bag itself has two large zippers that run down the right side of
the bag. A full length zipper tube also runs the length of the zipper
for insulation and keeping the bag draft-free. It has interior loops
for securing a liner for cooler weather and exterior loops to attach
the bag to a sleeping mat. Getting into the bag requires unzipping
the zipper and then of course inserting your body into the bag,
followed by re-zipping of the zipper.
This bag has been with me for about 18 months now. While camping at
the Grand Canyon in early May of 2004 I had to get rid of my old bag
due to it's age and poor insulating capabilities and opted to buy a
newer, lighter bag. Since I live in Georgia and usually do my camping
there the Stratus was an inexpensive option for three-season camping.
My first night in the bag was wonderful and I slept like a baby!!
The weather was in the high 40's (fahrenheit) at night and the bag
kept me warm and toasty from head to toe. Since I'm 6' 4" I needed a
long bag that would cover the length of my body and this bag did the
trick. The upper zipper was easy to use even in the dark and the
contour of the bag wrapped around my body without constricting
movement. However the lower zipper has been stuck since the day I
bought the bag and I have yet to pry it loose. Luckily it's stuck at
the bottom of the bag so it doesn't leave a gaping hole.
On subsequent camp outs here in the south this bag has been ideal for
warmer weather and actually feels good against my skin during those
hot, humid summer nights. The nylon shell and interior lining stay
relatively cool and comfortable. However, during the late fall this
bag doesn't keep me as warm as I would like. I usually have to take
along an extra blanket or liner if the temperature gets near 40
degrees fahrenheit or lower. The rating says that it's good down to
35 degrees but I haven't found that to be true. The weight of the bag
is nice and it really doesn't take up much room in my backpack. A
nice compression sack packs it down even smaller and the synthetic
fill is nice and soft. I haven't found any use for the liner loops or
sleeping mat loops but I guess it's nice to have them. Another nice
thing about the bag is that it has a large velcro latch at the top
that can be used to secure the zipper or any other lose items you
might want near you. It's nice not having that cold zipper metal
against your face at night!
The Stratus is a great, soft, light bag for most three season camping.
It packs small and out of the way but won't set you back hundreds of
dollars. For the money it's a great value and the craftsmanship
behind it will make it worth the small investment.
Things I like:
1. Light weight and small size
2. Comfortable lining material
3. Good for warm/hot weather
Things I don't like:
1. Poor performance below 40 degree fahrenheit
2. One zipper is stuck
3. No chest compartment
Hope this helps,
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