IR - NEMO - Harmony/Rhythm Sleeping Bag - Kurt Papke
- Dear mystery monitor - my IR for the NEMO bag is at:
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NEMO Equipment Rhythm Spoon 40 Primaloft Sleeping Bag
Test Series by Kurt Papke
Initial Report - April 4, 2013
Name: Kurt Papke
Height: 6' 4" (193 cm)
Weight: 235 lbs (107 kg)
Email address: kwpapke at gmail dot com
City, State, Country: Tucson, Arizona USA
My backpacking experience is a combination of Minnesota where I have
lived most of my adult life, and Arizona where I moved to take a new
job about four years ago. I have always been a "comfort-weight"
backpacker, never counting grams, but still keeping my pack as light
as easily attained. I have been an ardent hammock camper for a number
of years, but the Arizona desert limits the places I can hang, so I
have been looking for comfortable alternative sleeping gear that does
not require trees.
Photo courtesy NEMO Equipment
Manufacturer: NEMO Equipment
Rhythm Spoon 40 Long Primaloft
Year of manufacture: 2013
Manufacturer website: http://www.nemoequipment.com
Aluminum/Riptide (blue/gray). This is the only available color listed
on the website.
Shell Fabric: 40D Nylon Ripstop + DWR
Footbox Fabric: 15D OSMO™ DT W/B + DWR
Lining Fabric: 30D Nylon Taffeta
Fill: Primaloft Synergy
Length: 84 in (213 cm)
Shoulder width: 33 in (84 cm)
Hip width: 30 in (76 cm)
Knee width: 35 in (89 cm)
Length: 84 in (213 cm)
Shoulder width: 29.5 in (75 cm)
Hip width: 26 in (66 cm)
Knee width: 30 in (76 cm)
Listed: 15.5 x 9 in (39 x 23 cm)
Measured: same as listed in the supplied stuff sack
Weight: Listed: 2 lbs 9 oz (1.2 kg)
Measured: 2 lbs 9.2 oz (1.167 kg) without stuff sack
Stuff sack: 2.15 oz (61 g)
The length and weight were reasonably close to the manufacturer's
specifications. As can be seen in the illustration above, the NEMO
Spoon sleeping bags are neither rectangular nor cocoon shaped, which
makes the dimensions difficult to verify. There are some
discrepancies between the listed and measured widths, but I may not
have been measuring at exactly the right spot, and I may not have
stretched the fabric in the same fashion as the manufacturer.
The features listed by the manufacturer include:
Zippered watch pocket
A truly unique feature of this sleeping bag is the spoon shape. It is
designed to give extra room to move in the shoulders and knees while
conserving weight and bulk. As the above illustration shows, it is
also designed to allow the user to sit "tailor" style.
The photo above left shows the included accessories: a storage bag,
roll-top stuff sack, and a page of NEMO decals. The stuff sack is
very lightweight, airy and has a nice carrying strap. The above right
photo shows the hood adjust cord, and the Blanket Foldtm feature, with
the fold half-up and half-down. Looks like it will be nice and
snugly. The lower right photo depicts the zippered watch pocket.
I am impressed with the workmanship and quality of the product. The
fabrics are silky smooth, the zippers work like butter. I could find
no loose threads or other obvious defects in construction.
Trying It Out
I climbed into the bag on a carpeted floor and tried it out. I am
just short of the maximum height for the Long model of the bag I am
testing, and can happily report that I fit just fine from a height
perspective. The bag is definitely more roomy than a mummy design -
it was easy for me to roll onto my side without rolling the whole bag
as I often have to do in my mummy bag. On the other hand, my legs
seemed a bit too long to sit tailor-style sitting up, but I do not
regularly sit that way so it is not a capability I shall greatly miss.
I tried the various features: zipped it open/closed, put my hand into
the watch pocket, played with the Blanket Foldtm and hood adjustment.
Everything worked as I expected. I put the bag into the supplied
At top is the Rhythm in the supplied stuff sack, and at bottom is my
go-to down sleeping back in an 8 L (qt) waterproof stuff sack that I
like to use to carry my sleeping bag in. There is quite a size
discrepancy. I tried to get the Rhythm into the sleeping bag
compartment of my backpack, and it just would not fit. I then crammed
the bag into the smaller stuff sack shown above. I could get most of
it in, but could not get the roll-top closed. In this configuration,
I was able to get the bag to fit into my backpack compartment.
I am really excited to get the Rhythm out into the field and spend a
night in it. This is a very innovative design, and I am very curious
to see how it really works in the back country.
Things I Like So Far:
Very high quality design and workmanship.
Appears to be very comfortable.
Things That Concern Me Upfront:
Bulk - this bag takes up a lot of space. Primaloft does not compact
as much as down does, and this is the tradeoff made to achieve the
other advantages of the fill material.
Thanks to BackpackGearTest.org and NEMO Equipment for the opportunity
to contribute to this test.
- Hi Kurt-
I apologize for being so late with the editthings got kinda crazy for me for a couple of weeks, and this got stuck on the back burner. I hate when work gets in the way of backpacking...
Anyway, here your notes for the NEMO test.
Please fix and upload when ready.
See you in <2 months, and I should get the edits done in a timely fashion for that one!
EDIT: Initial Report - April 4, 2013
>>>Ok, so I know I was late, but this date can't be right! You posted on June 20. :)Comment: Shell Fabric: 40D Nylon Ripstop + DWR
>>>I think it would be helpful for you to explain the abbreviations mentioned in the description of materials. (DWR, OSMO, DT, W/B, etc.).Comment: Blanket Fold
>>>Not sure what this is could you comment or explain?Edit: Looks like it will be nice and snugly.
>>>I think you mean `snuggly'. (snugly = tight, snuggly = good for snuggling)EDIT: The bag is definitely more roomy
>>>roomierComment: Bulk - this bag takes up a lot of space. Primaloft does not compact as much as down does, and this is the tradeoff made to achieve the other advantages of the fill material.
>>>Agreed, as this will be true of any synthetic bag compared with a down bag.