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Pros: Comfortable hood, Very warm
Cons: Heavy, Large packed size
Best Uses: 3 season backpacking, Warm winter trips
The Marmot Sawtooth is a warm three-season sleeping bag made with water resistant down. Although not light-weight, it is one of the most affordable sleeping bags we tested. The bag is comfortable and has features like a good fitting hood and anatomical foot-box. Higher end sleeping bags in our Backpacking Sleeping Bag Review are made of higher quality fabrics and are insulated with higher fill-power down (800+) than the Sawtooth. We recommend the Sawtooth to budget conscious backpackers who are looking for a warm sleeping bag.
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The Marmot Sawtooth is an exceptionally warm 15 degree down sleeping bag. It has smart features and is comfortable but it is slightly heavy and does not pack down as small as other down bags.
The Marmot Sawtooth is a warm three-season sleeping bag. Its hood fits well and is comfortable when cinched. The draft collar is large, soft, and effective. We did not try the internal foot warmer pocket, but it may help keep your toes warm if you carry foot warmer packets.
The Marmot Sawtooth is not a lightweight summer sleeping bag. A size long in this bag weighs as much as the Kelty Cosmic Down 20, which uses low-quality 550 fill down, and the Mountain Hardwear Ultralamina a synthetic sleeping bag. The 650 fill down Marmot uses in this bag is not as light-weight as higher quality down found in more expensive sleeping bags. There are panels of heavier fabric on the Sawtooth that promote water repellency, but also add ounces to the bag.
The sawtooth has a really comfortable hood that is soft, well-shaped, and features a visor like protrusion of down that prevent rubbing on the edge of the hood. The foot-box of the Sawtooth is anatomically correct, allowing your feet to move easily without compromising any of the loft/insulation. We wish a bag this comfortable and warm could be lighter to get some weight out of our pack.
A note on fit The size long in the Sawtooth felt slightly big on a 6'0" tester; too long and a bit too roomy to maximize thermal efficiency.
The heavier materials and 650 fill down does not allow the Sawtooth to compress as small as bags like the Western Mountaineering Alpinlite which has a similar cut, is just as warm, and features lightweight fabrics and high quality down insulation.
Testers liked the anatomical hood and footbox on the Sawtooth. Attention to detail in the cut in these areas promotes more comfort and better insulation. We did not get the down in this bag soaked to test the water resistant down treatment, but think that treatments like this can prolong the life and expand the range of use of the bag.
The Sawtooth is heavy for extended trips and is too warm for summer trips anywhere but at mid to high elevations.
The Sawtooth would be well suited for fall backpacking trips and mild winter trips when temperatures average just below freezing.
The Marmot Sawtooth is reasonably priced for the quality of bag you get. It is warm and comfortable but it lacks the high quality materials that set more expensive bags apart from it. The Sawtooth is one of the least expensive sleeping bags in our review, and we would still consider this to be a budget backpacking sleeping bag. It was a contender for our Best Buy Award, but it still costs $100 more than the Kelty Cosmic Down 20, which ultimately took that title.
Marmot also makes the Sawtooth EQ. This is has a waterproof breathable MemBrain shell material. The Sawtooth is fundamentally an entry level down bag. We think that adding a waterproof material is totally bogus and unnecessary for most people who would purchase this bag.
The Marmot Plasma 15, $540, is a luxuriously comfortable, sleek, high performance sleeping bag fashioned with 900-fill goose down and ultralight Pertex Quantum shell material.
The Marmot Plasma 30, $490, is a luxuriously comfortable high performance summer weight down sleeping bag.
The Marmot Trestles 15 - Women's, $120, is the second warmest and most featured synthetic mummy sleeping bag reviewed here. 35 ounces of insulation make the bag thick and heavy and provide ample protection between you and the elements.
Marmot Trestles 30 - Women's, $110, is meant for warm weather camping, and so is not particularly warm.
The Marmot Sawtooth is a very warm 15 degree sleeping bag. It is a decent quality bag with a relatively low price tag. Testers found it to be comfortable to sleep in but heavy to carry. We recommend it to those people who are seeking a warm three-season bag and want to save money doing so.
— Mike Phillips
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