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Teton Sports Mammoth 0-Degree Sleeping Bag Review

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B000F38YHI” locale=”us” height=”250″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CCjQ9Z3uL.jpg” width=”187″]The Teton Sports Mammoth looks like a beast of a sleeping bag (in a good way!)

This oversized (and very cool looking) sleeping bag is large enough to comfortably fit 2 adults and one small child or 4 small children.

The inner lining is a soft cotton as opposed to the slippery polyester and this is good when there are a couple of people in there trying not to slide all over the place.

The large hood can either be used to keep your family warm or to hold your pillows in place.

Another cool feature is the large inner pocket for storing whatever you want to keep in there.

At 94 x 62 inches wide this is a great option for families who love camping.

Pro’s and cons

The Good:

  • Has an average customer score of 94% across all the customer reviews we have researched
  • Great not only for families, but couples too – and large enough for larger people
  • Tall enough for 6ft 6in people
  • Many people have praised it’s warmth in cold temperatures
  • Well worth the “above average” price for a double

The Bad:

We found it very difficult to find any legitimate bad points relating to this sleeping bag. The only complaints we saw were about it being too big (duh!) or heavy. This is not really a real concern if you buy the thing for what it is intended for.

Should you buy the Teton Sports Mammoth?

This is the most popular family sleeping bag on our list of reviews and it comes highly recommended by hundreds of families who have been using it already for some time. To take a closer look, check out the links below:

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Kelty Callisto 15 Degree Rectangular Synthetic Sleeping Bag, Double

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B004OWQOX2″ locale=”us” height=”250″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Wo41zysEL.jpg” width=”250″]The Kelty Callisto 15 Degree Double sleeping bag is a great “couples” sleeping bag which is rated for 15º / -9ºC temperatures.

It s 100% polyester, from the shell to the lining and filling.

Considering it’s size, it is relatively light at under 5lbs but most people using it are likely to be camping with a vehicle since a double is not normally considered a hiking sleeping bag and therefore weight is not really an issue.

It doubles up as a duvet by completely unzipping it and laying it out flat. Really handy for those warmer nights.

Pro’s and cons

The Good:

  • Large enough for a couple and a small child
  • Comfortably fits people up to around 6ft 3in tall
  • Fraction of the price of a comparable down sleeping bag

The Bad:

  • As already mentioned, too heavy for backpackers
  • The shape does leave you vulnerable to drafts, so you’ll need to tuck yourself in tightly on cold nights

Should you buy this sleeping bag?

Clearly, a double sleeping bag is targeted towards couples or parents with kids who are going to be camping in roughly zero+ degrees. Given the brief, the Kelty Callisto 15 Degree Rectangular Synthetic Sleeping Bag is a good option that fits the bill and a very nice price makes it a really tempting offer. The downsides are not really specific to this bag, rather they would be apparent on any other bag of this type.

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Eureka! Cayuga 30-Degree Rectangular Sleeping Bag

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B001M5TN6O” locale=”us” height=”129″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41B8irPdYpL.jpg” width=”250″]The Eureka! Cayuga 30-Degree Rectangular Sleeping Bag is a nice straight forward option for someone looking for a decent, warm bag with no frills.

One of the cool things about it though is that you can join two of them together to make one big sleeping bag – great for couples doing some temperate to warm weather camping.

It has a nice cotton inner lining which a lot of people prefer the feel of and is 100% polyester filled.

It has a heat rating of 30 degrees (around 0 degrees c).

Pro’s and cons

The Good:

  • A great choice for couples on a car camping trip
  • Cotton lining preferred by many
  • Zipper has a good feature that makes it easy to undo if you get fabric stuck in it

The Bad:

  • Not really the ideal shape for retaining every last drop of warmth
  • Rather bulky

Who should buy this sleeping bag?

This is an ideal choice for car campers who are sleeping in above-zero temperatures and want the option of joining two bags together to make one big one. It is not particularly intended for cold weather camping or for hiking due to it’s size.

All in all, a good “family” sleeping bag.

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Slumberjack Latitude -20 Degree Synthetic Sleeping Bag

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B004HTUS8E” locale=”us” height=”250″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UH4a4FE3L.jpg” width=”96″]The Slumberjack Latitude is a comfortable cold weather sleeping bag that comes at a pretty tasty price. Rated for use between -20 and -29 degrees Celsius and with an offset dual lining to combat cold patches it promises to give you a warm nights’ sleep.

The hood can be adjusted for your comfort with the option to turn it inside out allowing you to choose between a flat and a contoured hood.

At this low price, the lining is of course synthetic and it’s not really a “hiking” sleeping bag due to the relative heaviness of over 6 pounds.

Pro’s and cons

The pros:

  • The Slumberjack Latitude is reasonably affordable at under $100 in most places.
  • The offset lining does work well in helping reduce cold spots from gaps etc.
  • Good reliable construction, well made.

The Cons:

  • Experienced campers will be aware of this, but it should be noted that very few cold weather sleeping bags such as this can keep you warm all by themselves. You will need to layer up on clothing or blankets to take this to a true -20 rating.
  • Too heavy to hike with – should not be considered a hiking sleeping bag.

Should you buy this sleeping bag?

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced cold weather bag for maybe a family camping trip, or a trip where you will have other luxuries such as blankets and extra clothing close by, then this will be the one for you. Depending on the area of the country you live in (or spend most of your time camping in) this will mainly be a winter-only sleeping bag and will be too hot if the temperatures start hitting above zero degrees.

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Sawyer Complete Dual Bag Water Treatment System

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B0078ZMHGK” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Tm23LBe5L._SL160_.jpg” width=”106″]Using the power of gravity, this top-notch water treatment system from Sawyer is at your service, providing drinking quality water wherever you may be. Read on to find out more about its features!

Features

The striking, dual-bag design is probably the first thing that you will notice about this water filter. The color-coded bags have their own functions, which we will now explain briefly. The grey bag is to be filled with the water that is to be filtered. As soon as the grey bag is hung up anywhere, the water will begin flowing through the tube attached to it. The filter is situated directly at the end of the tube, connected to the blue reservoir. As you may have guessed, the filtered water is then collected in the blue bag.

The blue bag can be used as a container for the filtered water. You can use it as a jug to distribute clean water into several bottles, or put it in your backpack and suck out water through a little tube as you go. In fact, if you have a backpack that is big enough, you may even find that you can filter the water while you hike. At any case, do not worry about having to stop for too long. The system will filter 2 liters of water in just 1.5 minutes!

The heart and soul of this treatment system is of course the filter itself. Thanks to the hollow membrane that constitutes the filter, more contaminants are removed than what the NSF and the EPA requires. In fact, the filter makes it practically impossible for microns the size of bacteria to pass through, with a 99.99% success rate. You can even upgrade the filter for an even finer one, which is able to sift out viruses as well (viruses are significantly smaller in size than bacteria)

The manufacturer is so confident in the quality of its product that it offers a million gallon guarantee on the filter.

The Good:

  • Easy to use
  • Some users even filtered in less than 1.5 minutes
  • Light-weight and perfect for a hiking trip
  • Uses gravity, so no need to pump

The Bad:

  • Does not filter out viruses (unless you purchase a separate filter)
  • No tripod is supplied, this can make setting up in certain locations close to impossible
  • Some customers complained about leakages, so take care before putting it in your backpack, all filled up

Who Should Buy This Water Filter?

This product is ideal for smaller groups of campers, hikers or other outdoors adventurers who either wish to filter water on the go or while stopping for a rest, without having to waste energy on pumping water.

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Customers on the whole have been very satisfied with the product. The gravity powered design, the intelligent color-coding, the manufacturers generous guarantee and the overall ease of use make this a very compelling buy.

To read more about the product or to see some further customer reviews, please click on the links in the box above.

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Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B0007U0148″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/317M2S54D9L._SL160_.jpg” width=”45″]Would you like to be able to filter large volumes of water at one go? Are you not into the tiresome process of manual pumping? This water filter that uses the natural force of gravity may just be what you need. Read on to find out more!

Features

The design of this water filter allows you to filter up to 2.5 gallons of water in just a quarter of an hour. Simply fill the sack with water from any source and let gravity and the field-cleanable Hiker PRO filter cartridge take care of the rest. It will function like your own little water tower, with no extra manual or mechanical labor required to extract the filtered water. One cartridge can filter more than 200 gallons of water before needing replacement.

The water filter is an effective glass fiber construction that catches even microscopic contaminants from the water. Around the core, a mesh-screen filter protector holds up the larger bits of contaminants. Due to the nature of the filter, expect to have to clean the mesh-screen regularly; otherwise gravity will not be strong enough to pull the water through a blocked filter.

The package for this product will include all parts of the actual filter: the bag, cartridge, lock ring, hose and valve, along with an instruction manual, a sponge and some silicone lubricant. Please note that no tripod stand or other support mechanism will be included. However, the top hoop that is formed two durable straps connected with a buckle ensure that you can hang this water filter from pretty much anywhere, making it a very practical tool. As a plus, though the device seems to have many parts to it, the overall weight is quite light; ideal for backpacking.

Setting up is easy thanks to the well-illustrated and no-nonsense user manual. The included silicone lubricant is surprisingly helpful when connecting the rubber parts. There are even some useful tips included that will help extend the life of the water filter. One thing to make note of when using this device is that as you will it with water, the bag becomes heavy! If you consider that the bag can hold around 2.5 gallons of water at one go, it can weigh around 20lb! While there is no pumping required, make sure you are fit to hold or carry this weight, or maybe go for a little less and refill more often.

The Good:

  • Good user instructions complemented with illustrations for easier use
  • An overall reasonable design with an intelligent choice of color (it is easy to spot the blue sack against almost any backdrop)
  • Great for filtering large volumes of water in camp (or while stationary)
  • The product is quite durable and will surely last a long time

The Bad:

  • Not ideal for filtering water for a small number of people or while on the move
  • No tripod is supplied, this can make setting up in certain locations close to impossible
  • While no pumping is required, the filtration process is quite slow
  • There is no information given by the manufacturer on what this product does or does not filter from the water

Who Should Buy This Water Filter?

This is a perfect product for larger groups of people who will require a soundly working water filter once they set up camp. Hikers, bikers, boaters but even RV campers can use this water filter, but it cannot be stressed enough times that it is required for the group to be stationary for at least 15 minutes until the water filter can work its magic; it cannot be used on the road.

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A product with great customer satisfaction ratings and a functional design, the Base Camp Water Filter is definitely a recommended device for those who are after some clean, drinking-quality water anywhere they may be.

To read more about the product or to see some further customer reviews, please click on the links in the box above.

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