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Street Price: $90
Pros: Inexpensive, comfortable, puffy draft tube.
Cons: Heavy, bulky, not warm
Best Uses: Budget car camping.
The REI Polar Pod 25 is a comfortable budget sleeping bag for summer car camping. It has lower quality synthetic insulation and heavy shell fabrics. The bag weighs a burdensome 3.75 lbs, which makes it suitable for car camping and infrequent backpacking. Despite the 33 ounces of fill, we found the Polar Pod to be warm down to the low forties.
The most luxurious general purpose sleeping bag we've tested is the Slumberjack County Squire, a gigantic, warm rectangular bag with a host of features that make it both durable and comfortable in a range of conditions. The Wenzel Grande offers the most warmth for the dollar and the Wenzel Conquest, the best overall value for summer camping and warmer weather applications.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The REI Polar Pod 25 is a comfortable summer weight sleeping bag. It has several potentially useful features such as an internal zipper pocket and pillow pocket, and we’re fond of its puffy draft tube- the largest of any synthetic bag tested here. Synthetic insulation makes the bag warmer when wet than down insulation.
The Polar Pod 25 is relatively inexpensive, heavy, bulky, and-- depending on what you're wearing-- warm to the low forties. We recommend this bag for summer car camping and general use. It is not suitable for backpacking. At 60 ounces, or 3.75 pounds, the Polar Pod weighs as much as many three-season tents and some -40 degree down sleeping bags. Many rectangular bags offer similar warmth and more comfort.
REI also makes the Polar Pod in ten and twenty degree versions as well as in a women’s cut. We have not tested these.
— Max Neale
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Most recent review: November 7, 2012
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