Western Mountaineering Summerlite Review

9.3
Expert Rating

When searching for the best sleeping bags for camping or when hiking, you will want to select one that is lightweight but will also keep you warm on cold nights. One type of sleeping bag design that is a standout is a mummy bag. When equipped with continuous baffle construction, these sleeping bags can keep you very warm at night. You will find that many companies offer different sizes and temperature ratings, allowing you to pick just the right sleeping bags for your entire family. Whether you are tent camping overnight or camping outdoors on the Appalachian Trail or Death Valley, you want a full-length sleeping bag that will serve you well. Western Mountaineer thought of virtually everything when they designed their Summerlite sleeping bag, proving it ideal for any outdoor, overnight scenario.

Why We Like It – Western Mountaineering Summerlite Review

When you are shopping for the best sleeping bags ideal for cold-weather, the Western Mountaineering Summerlite mummy sleeping bag is a favorite. It is designed to withstand temperatures as low as 15 degrees and is super lightweight compared to other sleeping bags. It is ultra-water repellent, should you get rain or snow overnight, durable, and suitable for all-size campers.

Pros
  • Temperature resistant down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Ultra-water repellent
  • Anti-snag zipper and rip-stop fabric liner
Cons
  • Non-hypoallergenic
  • Does not withstand long-term compression

Performance

The Summerlite sleeping bag is built to last. It will provide you with warmth and comfort with its insulated draft-free design. Its continuous baffle construction ensures that the down padding will not end up all at your toes, which is an important feature for active campers. The bag has a fill weight of under three pounds (varying by size and temperature rating), making the lightest bag compared to other low-temperature mummy bags. Another sleeping bag that is great for cold weather is the Teton Sports Leef 0 Sleeping Bag. It can withstand temperatures as low as zero degrees. The Outdoor Vitals Summit 0°F will also have your back should temps dip down to as low as zero, but is twice the price.

Design

The Western Mountain Brand uses Hydrophobic 650 Fill Power Duck Down in their mummy style sleeping bag. It is designed with active people in mind. It has a full length zipper with continuous baffles intended on keeping you warm in cooler climates. The full-size draft tube ensures that your body heat will stay where it should when you are bundled in these sleeping bags. It has a wide 64” shoulder girth, more so in the Long/Tall/XL size, and has a large foot box (11-14”) ideal for storing your clothes for the next day or merely having room to move around comfortably. The Summerlite is a lightweight bag, so it will not weigh you down on long treks; however, it is packed to the max with high-end features, such as extreme durability and water-resistant construction. While the Winner Outfitters Mummy Sleeping Bag is considered lighter than most, it is still twice as heavy as the Summerlite.

Value

The Western Mountaineering Summerlite mummy style sleeping bag is worth the price. You can certainly purchase a traditional 30-degree competitor’s sleeping bag that is cheaper, but you will find yourself wearing your winter coat while in it to stay warm; no one needs that added weight when hiking long distances. The continuous baffle construction ensures that you will have warmth where you need it most -everywhere. The price is in line with other manufacturer’s bags of the same caliber, if not more affordable given the company’s Direct-to-Consumer stance. The compression sack that comes with the bag is heavy-duty to avoid tears when putting away your bag for the day; it also comes with three-point compression straps and quick-release buckles.

Western Mountaineering Summerlite Review Wrap Up

We like the Western Mountaineer Summerlite mummy sleeping bag. While it is not hypo-allergenic (for those with feather allergies), no high-quality mummy bag would be either. The continuous baffle construction is par to none, as it will maintain its shape and warming abilities use after use. This sleeping bag is water repellant, durable, and lightweight, but will keep you comfortable on the coldest of nights. If you are not searching for cold-weather gear, but want a comfortable and warm bag for your campout, the Comfortable Limit is constructed with the same care as the Extreme Limit.

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Design9.3
Value9.1
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