TETON Sports TrailHead +20F Ultralight Sleeping Bag Review
The TETON Sports TrailHead Ultralight Sleeping Bag is an ultralight mummy type sleeping bag designed for comfort and weight reduction. It is longer and wider than most mummy sleeping bags and is rated down to 20°F. It has a comfortable breathable liner with additional room just for your toes. It is made of engineered Acetal resin which is designed for extreme temperature and pressure. It includes a drawstring stuff sack.
- Brushed micro-polyester lining
- Water resistant
- Ripstop shell
- Interior pocket with zipper to hold valuables
- Compact design to fit inside most backpacks
- 2.9 pounds—ultra-lightweight design
- Rated down to 20°F—keeps you warm at below freezing temperatures
- Safety Velcro tab—keeps the closure secure
- Zippers made with anti-snag design—makes it easier to close
- Zipper draft tube—never a draft from the zipper area
- Brushed micro-polyester lining—inside is very comfortable
- Not machine washable
- Not great for taller people
- Not wide enough for larger people
We reviewed TETON Sports TrailHead +20F Ultralight Sleeping Bag alongside the Outdoor Vitals OV-Light 3 Season Mummy Sleeping Bag and the Kelty Tuck Sleeping Bag. The Outdoor Vitals is rated at 35°F while the Kelty Tuck is rated at 22°F. The fill for the TETON Sports TrailHead is 7-denier interwoven PolarLite insulation, basically a synthetic fiber. While the Outdoor Vitals says it’s composed of hollow filament synthetic fill, the label on bag itself actually says the filling is cotton.
On the other hand, the Kelty Tuck is filled with ThermaPro synthetic insulation— ThermaPro is a fiber blend specifically engineered to retain warmth and provide superior pack ability, again basically a synthetic fiber. We also found the TETON Sports TrailHead has zipper pulls inside and outside for easy closure. It includes a mummy-style hood with shoulder baffle and a drawstring to keep your head warm and keep drafts out. A couple of extra features that the others don’t have, making the TETON TrailHead a great value.
The Outdoor Vitals OV Light 3 Season Sleeping Bag has a cotton filling which can make it a little bulkier when rolling it and trying to compress it into a small package. Also the Kelty Tuck Sleeping Bag doesn’t’ compress well and you may have some trouble getting it back into its own sack once you remove it. You’ll prefer easily compressing the TETON Sports TrailHead sleeping bag down to the size of a cantaloupe.
All three of these sleeping bags, at first glance, seem to be of similar quality. They are all rated at similar comfort levels, made of similar shell and fill material, and are all mummy-style sleeping bags. They are all lightweight, they each compact into a small package for traveling, and they fit an average size person well. However, there are enough extra features that, in our opinion, make the TETON Sports TrailHead a better choice.
For value to price we feel that the TETON Sports TrailHead is the better value. Of all three this bag comes in at the lowest price beating the Outdoor Vitals by about $5, and crushing the Kelty Tuck by $35.
Our Final Thoughts On The TETON Sports TrailHead +20F Ultralight Sleeping Bag
In summary the TETON Sports TrailHead Ultralight Sleeping Bag is a great value. Although the comfort rating is set at 20°F, we believe it is better suited to 40°F. Unless you’re camping in early spring or late fall, this sleeping bag should keep you warm. We really like its lightweight and comfort design. The interior feels more like your sleeping on sheets where the others feel slick and unnatural. We also like having the zipper pulls on the inside so that you can cinch it up tight without having help. And the Velcro strap completes the closure making a nice tight fit around your head.
TETON Sports TrailHead +20F Ultralight Sleeping Bag is a solid product. However, their rating system is not the typical rating system. It’s more of a survivability rating rather than a comfort rating, and according to their website they suggest that for comfort you should add 20°. Therefore, we would rate this sleeping bag at a 40°F temperature rating which seems to be the consensus with customer reviews.
This TETON TrailHead is a mummy-style sleeping bag that comes with a manufacturer’s drawstring carrying bag. It’s a great value for the price and the brushed micro-polyester lining feels more like the sheets on your bed. The footbox has plenty of room and doesn’t leave you feeling cramped. Follow our link and have a look for yourself.