Small Adult looking for a Cost Savvy Option
As a 4' 11" female 130 lbs, I was looking for a inexpensive sleeping bag option to use for backpacking this summer. I have car camped my entire life, and needed something a little lighter a more compressible as I've started to venture into the world of backpacking. The length of kids sleeping bags generally fits me well, and the girth tends to be a little tight. This is true of the Kids Mistral 30, which has plenty of length for me, but is tight in the hips. I end up wriggling into the bag and then rolling onto my side to maximize the girth diagonally. This summer I've had it out on 5 trips across Minnesota (a total of ~15 nights), where summers generally involve thunderstorms and nights ranging from 45-70 degrees. The synthetic material holds up well in damp and humidity. As a cold sleeper this worked well most nights for me, being comfortable around 55-65 degrees. There was one night this summer that was in the high 70s and that was a little too warm. I ended up undoing the zipper and sleeping with one leg outside the bag and the top rolled down. Overall, I would recommend this as an incredibly cost-savvy option for smaller adults who are looking to get into backpacking. Be warned that if your proportionally large-hipped, like me, you might find this a little tight. I also don't think I would put this to the test in 30 degree weather, though for a few nights in the high 40s, it's held up well. Also, I do not use a stuff sack when packing into my backpack. I find this too be too restricting, and like to have the sleeping bag sit free-form in my backpack, so I can more easily pack smaller items around it. In my opinion, it's a bit bulky in the stuff sack and tends to pack better free form.