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REI Igneo Review


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  • Currently 3.0/5
Overall avg rating 3.0 of 5 based on 1 review. Most recent review: May 7, 2015
Price:   $319 | Compare prices at 1 resellers
Pros:  Good quality down, large toe box, small hood opening seals out cold air and is comfortable, anti-snag zipper.
Cons:  Waterproof breathable shell material is unnecessary for 3-season use and adds weight, passive draft collar is marginally effective, hood pull cords are difficult to pull.
Best Uses:  Very wet warm weather backpacking.
User Rating:       (0.0 of 5) based on 0 reviews
Manufacturer:   REI
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ May 7, 2015  
The Igeno replaced the Halo, which we believe was a better bag and a better value. The Igeno suffers from a low warmth-to-weight ratio; there's 14.7 ounces of 800-fill down and 17.7 ounces of waterproof breathable shell fabric. We took the Igeno head-to-head with the lightest bags on the market and believe that waterproof shell fabrics are unwarranted for 99 percent of three-season conditions. Other down bags are warmer and lighter. Check them out in our Backpacking Sleeping Bag Review.

New Version Update - May 2015
The REI Igneo has a new look! Check it out below.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

The New Version of the REI Igneo vs. The Older Version

While the price has remained the same, the colors have changed and the bag has a sleek new look. This 3-season mummy has what REI calls it's "double-protection design" and features water-repellent down and water-repellent fabric panels. The EN rates the Igeno as a comfort level of 19 degrees F and has 700-fill power duck down (as opposed to the 800-fill for the model that we reviewed).

We have contacted REI for a complete list of updates; in the meantime, see below for a side-by-side comparison, with the latest version pictured on the left and the older model shown on the right.


Hands-On Review

The Igeno is a high quality sleeping bag that suffers from a waterproof breathable shell fabric. The bag uses good quality 800-fill down and has several well-thoughout features, like a small and comfortable hood opening and an anti-snag zipper, that contribute to comfort and warmth. But the bag is shockingly heavy for the amount of warmth it provides: it weighs 32.4 ounces on our scale and kept our testers warm to around freezing. We've tested other sleeping bags that are equally warm and weigh up to 15 ounces less! The main difference between these bags is the Igeno's waterproof breathable shell fabric, which we've found to be unnecessary in almost all three-season conditions. Camp smart use a waterproof dry bag style stuff sack, and your bag should remain dry.

Our testers believe REI's previous "high quality budget bag," the Halo, was a better bag and a better buy. See our full Backpacking Sleeping Bag Review for info on how the Igneo compares to the other 34+ sleeping bags tested.

If saving weight is a top priority consider one of the bags found in our Ultralight Sleeping Bag Review.

Chris McNamara and Max Neale

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