REPOST: Kelty Light Year 25 Down Sleeping Bag - Pat McNeilly
- Hi Roger,
Thanks for the edits. I think I have addressed all of them. I have
uploaded an html version to the Test/OR folder. I have not included
pictures since I have still having trouble incorporating them
properly (I'm new to html). I am interested in any other comment
you might have.
Kelty Light Year 25 Down Sleeping Bag
Review Date: February 18, 2006
Name: Pat McNeilly
Height: 5' 8" (1.7 m)
Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Email address: pmcneilly@...
City, State, Country: Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A.
Backpacking Background: I have been hiking for at least 20 years
but backpacking for only the last three years. Most of my
backpacking is done as overnight trips and occasional weekend and
weeklong trips. My typical packweight is approximately 18 to 20 lb
(8 to 9 kg) before food or water. Most of my backpacking is the
three season variety in the mountains of Maryland, Virginia, and
West Virginia. In addition to backpacking, I also fish, hunt, and
have been involved in disaster relief. As a result, some of my
backpacking equipment gets use in a number of different venues.
Product: Light Year 25
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Fill: 650-fill down
Fill weight: 15 oz (0.4 kg)
Temperature rating: 25 F (-4 C)
MSRP: $129.95 US
As listed As measured
Weight 2 lb (0.9 kg) 2 lb 4 oz (1 kg)*
Length 80 in (203 cm) 79 in (201 cm)
Girth 62 in (157 cm) 62 in (157 cm)**
Stuff sack 1.5 oz (42 g)
* Compressed in stuff sack
** Measured along the longest inside seam
The Light Year 25 is a lightweight 650-fill down sleeping bag. The
top of the bag is golden yellow, while the underside is charcoal
grey in color. The outer shell of the bag is made of 100% "diamond
ripstop" nylon which the manufacturer indicates is treated with a
Dupont Teflon finish for moisture protection. The lining of the bag
consists of a black 100% polyester material. The side two-way
zipper is hip length, measures 39 in (99 cm) in length, and is
covered by a 1.5 in (4 cm) down filled draft tube. At the top of
the zipper is a 2 in x 2 in (5 cm x 5 cm) velcro tag to keep the
zipper from inadvertently opening. The foot section of the bag is
fitted with a 13 in (33 cm) zipper to allow for ventilation in warm
weather. The foot zipper is also backed by a 1.5 in (4 cm) down
filled draft tube. The bag is equipped with flat and round draw
cords for the hood and collar, respectively. Attached to the
outside are four loops with small snaps which allow the bag to be
used as a liner inside another bag during cold temperatures. In
addition, there are four loops on the inside for attaching a bag
liner to the Light Year 25. On either side of the foot section are
two nylon loops for hanging the bag for drying. The bag has two
additional nylon loops on each side along the outside seam for
attaching to a sleeping pad. The Light Year 25 also comes with a 7
in x 12 in (18 cm x 30 cm) stuff sack and a cotton storage sack.
I have slept in this bag approximately 12 to 15 times, primarily on
trips in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. I primarily
used the Light Year 25 only on trips during the spring, summer and
fall. This bag did not get backpacking use during the winter
season. The elevation on these trips varied from sea level to 4000
ft (0 to 1200 m). The nighttime temperatures I encountered on
these trips ranged anywhere from 30 F to 70 F (-1 C to 21 C). I
have had to deal with humid weather and showers but never with
severe rainstorms with this bag.
I purchased the Light Year 25 about 15 months ago in an effort to
move toward a lighter pack weight for my three season backpacking.
The light weight and small stuff size were very attractive
features. The bag certainly lives up to those initial
expectations. The bag is much lighter than other synthetic bags I
owned and fits relatively easily into the factory stuff sack.
The bag is quite roomy and I don't have any problems moving around
while inside. The side zipper runs along ground level and I do
sometimes have trouble getting hold of and maneuvering it while in
the bag. The zipper is smooth and I have never had problems with it
binding in the draft tube. This may be due to the fact that the
draft tube is rather small and there appears to be some stiffening
tape inside the tube to prevent snags. Although I was somewhat
concerned about having only a hip length zipper, I do not have
problems getting in and out of the bag. This is true even in the
confines of a tent. Another concern for me was that I would not be
able to open the zipper the full length of the bag and use it as a
quilt in warm weather. I have taken the Light Year 25 on some warm
weather outings to see if I could still use the bag in this
fashion. I found that if the zipper is opened fully the bag can be
spread out just enough to allow for adequate coverage as a quilt.
The foot end was simply draped over my feet but my upper body was
quite well covered.
I have used this bag in temperatures as low as 30 F (-1 C),
typically in a tent. I rate myself as a cold sleeper and I found
that at this temperature I would need to wear a hat and a base layer
to stay warm. I am somewhat hesitant to bring this bag on trips
where I believe the temperatures might drift below 30 F (-1 C).
The bag has continuous down-filled tubes which run the entire girth
of the bag and are separated by the bag's baffles. This allows for
down to shift along the tube every time the bag is compressed. I
frequently find myself having to shift the down within the tube,
particularly around the shoulder area. Although the zipper draft
tube has some down in it, I feel the tube itself is not large enough
and therefore allows drafts to enter. The Light Year 25 does not
have a draft collar and even though it closes well around the chin
there does seem to be some movement of air through this area. The
hood seems to fit well around my head and the draw cords are easy to
operate, even in the middle of the night. As a result of my
experience, I have no problem using this bag over a wide temperature
range but I am cautious when temperatures might be sub-freezing.
One feature of particular note is the footbox zipper. In warmer
temperatures where I might like to have a full length zipper, I have
found that opening the foot zipper allows for adequate ventilation.
I have frequently used it by sticking my feet all the way out of the
bag and find that this seems to regulate the temperature well
enough. Only in the most humid conditions do I find that opening
the foot zipper does not ventilate properly. It is at these times
that I am likely to open the bag up and use it like a quilt. As
with the main zipper, the draft tube here also seems to allow some
drafts in. I feel the need to wear warm socks on colder night to
prevent being awakened with cold feet.
The shell of the bag has a Teflon coating and I have found this to
work very well for keeping the bag from soaking through. I have
frequently have had condensation build up in a tent and get onto the
bag's shell but it did not appear to soak through the shell. I have
also had the experience of having a tent leak directly on the bag
for a couple hours during the night and find that the water had not
soaked through. This is much better than I expected and gives me
great comfort knowing that I am less likely to be in trouble with a
wet down bag somewhere on the trail.
Light Year 25 has a number of features which make it a good sleeping
bag for three season use. The bag is lightweight, stuffs to a small
size, has an easy to operate zipper, a foot vent, and an excellent
water repellent finish. The bag's temperature rating may be a
little off and it could benefit from a bigger draft tube and draft
collar. Overall, the Light Year 25 this bag has served me well and
I am comfortable with it for backpacking situations where sub-
freezing temperatures are not expected.
Things I like:
1. Light weight
2. Small stuff size
3. Water repellant finish
4. Warm weather foot vent
Things I don't like:
1. Lack of draft collar
2. Shifting down
3. Small draft tube
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Roger Caffin"
>first OR. There are some small edits, detailed below,
> EDIT: Kelty Light Year 25 Down Sleeping Bag - Pat McNeilly
> Hi Pat
> Not too bad - you have obviously picked up a fair bit from your
> but nothing major.with pics in the Test/OR folder. Include a mention of
> Could you fix and REPOST here pls, and also put the html version
> the hmtl version when you repost.a Tester Agreement which has been acknowledged, you
> If this will be your second approved review and you have submitted
> will be eligible to participate in the testing process by applyingfor tests. Further details may be found at
> You will also need to join the Yahoo group where the tests are
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/backpackgeartesters/but this is OK I think.
> This is where everything related to Tests and Testing takes place.
> Roger Caffin
> BGT OR Editor
> > Kelty Light Year 25 Down Sleeping Bag
> > Owner Review
> Comment: I prefer to put 'Owner Review' at the front of the title,
>could shave a few words off to get it below the magic 100?
> > Backpacking Background:
> EDIT: I am horribly cruel. This is 102 words long: surely you
>weight without the stuff sack? Weigh the stuff sack
> > Weight 2 lb (0.9 kg) 2 lb 4 oz (1 kg)*
> EDIT: Given the difference, maybe you could also quote a measured
> empty, etc...really is wrong here.
> > The bag is equipped with both flat and round
> > draw cords for the hood and collar, respectively.
> EDIT: Awkward. But perfectly OK if you remove the 'both', as it
> > The bag has four
> > additional nylon loops along the side outside seam for attaching
> > a sleeping pad.side would be a little odd.
> EDIT: clarify? Does this mean two loops each side? Four on one
> > Although I was somewhat
> > concerned of having only a hip length zipper,
> EDIT: 'concerned about having '
> > where I believe the temperatures might drift below 30 F (-1 C).
> > bag has continuous down-filled tubes which run the entire girthof
> EDIT: change of subject at the period, so a new paragraph isindicated.
> > As a result of my
> > experience, I have no problem using this bag over a wide
> > range but I am cautious when temperatures might be sub-freezing.is OK if you want it that way, so this is just a
> Comment: this sentence is almost a repeat of a previous one. This
> > Only in the most humid conditions do I find that opening
> > the foot zipper not to ventilate properly.
> EDIT: 'opening the foot zipper does not ventilate properly '
> > I have
> > frequently have had condensation build up in a tent and get onto
> > bag but the down inside does not appear to be wet.Or did you find the down dry when you got into the bag?
> Edit: Awkward. Does this mean the condensation got into the bag?
>wants. Keep it first person.
> > The bag' temperature rating may be a little
> EDIT: do you mean "the bag's temperature ..."? with an 's'
> > I can
> > recommend it for backpacking situations where sub-freezing
> > temperatures are not expected.
> EDIT: please, no recommendations. You don't know what the reader