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L.L. Bean Katahdin 20 Review


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  • Currently 4.0/5
Overall avg rating 4.0 of 5 based on 1 review. Most recent review: October 30, 2012
Street Price:   $180
Pros:  Warmest general purpose bag tested, better materials and construction than most other synthetic mummy bags, passive draft collar seals out cold air.
Cons:  Cut is wide in the chest and tight in the legs. Most expensive general purpose bag tested.
Best Uses:  Cold weather car camping.
User Rating:       (0.0 of 5) based on 0 reviews
Manufacturer:   L.L. Bean
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ October 30, 2012  
The Katahdin's high quality insulation and efficient mummy shape make it the warmest general purpose synthetic sleeping bag we've tested. The bag is equipped with well designed, high quality features that are typically found on three to four hundred dollar backpacking sleeping bags. At 3.6 pounds, the Katahdin is too heavy for backpacking, but it's warmth makes it a great choice for chilly spring and fall camping.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review


Mt. Katahdin is a cold, wet, and windswept peak in northern Maine. This sleeping bag holds up to its namesake with ease. The bag uses high quality Primaloft Synergy insulation, quality fabrics, a durable zipper, and has an overall attention to detail that's missing from most of the bags tested with this category. Our testers consistently reached for this bag over others when the temperatures dropped; the passive draft collar seals out cold air by the neck.


The Katahdin's abundant insulation makes it too heavy and too bulky for backpacking. At $180, it's the most expensive bag tested in this category.

Best Application

Cold three-season camping, where weight and packed size are not top priority, is likely the best application for the Katahdin. Hunting, ATV trips, or anyone who wants a high quality and warm bag for car camping. The synthetic insulation makes the bag warm when wet.

Chris McNamara and Max Neale

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Most recent review: October 30, 2012
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