There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night with half of your body on the cold tent floor or a zipper pressing against your face. In order to create a more solid foundation that keeps you comfortably on your sleeping pad all night, many outdoor brands have moved to control the design of both the pad and sleeping bag. Therm-A-Rest started the process with a line of down blankets and top bags, but now plans to round out their sleep system collection with a full line of sleeping bags for Fall 2013.
Therm-A-Rest's current sleep system collection includes down blankets and top bags that can be strapped or snapped onto any sleeping pad. For those of you looking for a more versatile and normal sleeping bag experience, Therm-A-Rest has now added a line of five bags with a unique design that creates a better synergy between bag and pad.
The underside of the sleeping bags features two stretchy bands that wrap around and secure to your Therm-A-Rest or any other sleeping pad up to 25 inches wide. The bands can be connected at any height in order to keep you from sliding off your pad in the night and also keep your bag from getting all twisted as you roll from side to side.
To avoid feeling too constricted when attached to the sleeping pad, Therm-A-Rest added some space in the upper body. Not quite going the Big Agnes or blanket route and completely eliminating any underside insulation, Therm-A-Rest simply cut down on the amount beneath you in order to shave some weight.
The sleeping bag line includes three 750-plus goose down filled bags and two synthetic filled bags. The three down bags are the 0-degree Altair (2 lbs 7 oz.), 20-degree Antares (1 lb 7 o.z), and the 45-degree Navis (1 lb 5 oz.). The two synthetic bags are the 0-degree Centari (3 lbs 15 oz.) and the 20-degree Saros (2 lbs. 15 oz.).
Look for the new Therm-A-Rest sleeping bags to hit the shelves January 2013.