• Therm-a-Rest Questar 20 sleeping bag
    Therm-a-Rest Questar 20 sleeping bag

Great Walks' Gear Guru Dan Slater reviews the Therm-a-Rest Questar 20 sleeping bag.

"Still principally known for their sleeping mats, Seattle’s Therm-a-Rest have been crafting quality down bags for a few years now, and the Questar continues their run of cosiness.

Bottoming out at -6°C limit of comfort (malerating), this relaxed mummy bag is packed with fun wordplay, such as the ‘Toe-asis’ foot warmer pocket, SynergyLink mat connectors and the grasping-at-straws W.A.R.M. fit (With Additional Room for Multiple positions).

The latter two features combine to create a roomy sleeping chamber that goes a decent way towards mimicking a real bed, in that you can turn within the bag without rolling off your mat – great for the restless sleepers amongst us. This mat fixture feature also allows for less down fill beneath the body, where it will be squashed anyway and not insulate, thus saving weight.

I found the Toe-asis footbox less successful though; due to the static nature of the setup, it works primarily for back sleepers, and my feet got tangled up in the pocket during the night. There was some nice attention to detail, such as the solid, anti-snag zip, attachment loops for a temperature boosting quilt (although I didn’t review the effectiveness of these) and giant baffles around the hood and zip keep the W.A.R.M.th in.At 990g, the Questar just sneaks under 1kg."

RRP: $599

Dan reviews another seven sleeping bags in the Aug-Sept issue!

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