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82484ATTN: Jermey Rardin RE: OWNER REVIEW- Marmot NanoWave 45 Degree Sleeping Bag

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  • chcoa
    Nov 19, 2013
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      Hi Jermey,

      Thank you for your interest in writing reviews for this group and for eagerly posting your first 2 Owner Reviews (ORs).  Experience has shown us that it is more efficient for both the Editors and yourself if you post your first review, have it edited, approved and uploaded before you post your second and subsequent reviews.  As such, this OR will be put in the "On Hold" section of our Edit Queue until OR #1 has gone through to completion and you have revised this one. 

      If you have any questions please let us know.


      Jamie DeBenedetto

      Editors Team Director

      ---In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, <rardin_jeremy@...> wrote:

      Marmot NanoWave 45
      Report by: Jeremy Rardin
      Owner Review
      November 18, 2013
      Tester Information
      Name:              Jeremy Rardin
      Email:              rardin_jeremy (AT) yahoo (DOT) com
      Age:                20
      Location:         Chattaooga, TN, USA
      Gender:           Male
      Height:                        5’ 11’
      Weight:           155lb
      I love backpacking and paddling! Growing up I have always admired a grand existence of walking in the woods with nothing but a backpacking with which you survive. My interest in gear has followed, quite naturally, as I am now interested in what is the lightest way to walk into the woods. Currently, I use a flat tarp for a shelter and Gossamer Gear frameless pack. I cannot say that I have ever been a heavy packer, but I have learned a lot and gained a lot of experience and knowledge that has helped me reduce my pack weight significantly
      Manufacturer:                         Marmot
      Manufacturer’s Website:         http://marmot.com/products/details/nanowave-45
      Model:                                     NanoWave 45
      Year Manufactured:                Not Listed
      Size Reviewed:                       Regular/Left
      Insulation:                               SpiraFil Synthetic
      Shell:                                       100% Polyester Taffeta DWR 2.2 oz/yd
      Inner Lining:                           100% Polyester WR
      Maximum User Height:          Up to 6ft.
      Color:                                      Red
      Temp. Rating:                         45 F/7 C
      Listed Weight:                                    28.9 oz/820g
      Measured Weight:                   31.75 oz/900g
      Compression Sack Weight:     2.5 oz/70 grams.
      MSRP:                                                $79
      I purchased the Marmot NanoWave 45 (hence for referred to as the sleeping bag) during the summer of 2013 and have used it upwards of 50 nights. I used this sleeping bag every week during my summer camp job, on a 6 day canoeing trip, during my band’s tour, and on several overnighters on the Cumberland Trail.
      I bought this bag almost immediately after coming across it in a local outfitters. I could not believe how compressible it was for the price tag. This bag comes with a 2.5 oz compression sack, a glow-in-the-dark Two Way zipper, and has blanket construction SpiraFil insulation. Marmot claims that this bag will insulate well even when wet. I can attest to this statement. During my 6 day canoeing trip, my dry storage was compromised, but I would not push this bag to its temperature rating while it is wet.
      During an overnighter on the Cumberland Trail, I pushed this bag to its temp. rating wearing only wool socks, basketball shorts, and a t-shirt. I also have used this bag in 40 degree weather using a homemade liner.
      ·         -Compresses small
      ·         -Inexpensive
      ·        - Very lightweight
      ·        - Very lofty
      ·        - Insulates when wet
      ·       - Accurate temp. rating
      The only complaint I have about this bag is the inner lining feels sticky when it is too hot. This is easily fixed by unzipping the bag partially to allow some heat to escape. I am considering selling this bag for a warm weather down bag that can be used as a thermal sheet in conjunction with a 3-season down bag. My reason is because it will save me a pound and can be used to extend the season of another bag. The downside of that system, which in turn is the upside to this bag, is price.
      Ultimately, I would suggest this bag for any backpacker who will be exposed to temperature 45 degrees and above who wants to pack light and save some money. I would be hard pressed to find a better sleeping bag under $100.

      I have pictures to upload for this review as well.
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