NEMO Disco 15 Review
Cons: Heavy, bulky, just average down insulation
Manufacturer: NEMO Equipment
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NEMO Disco 15
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|Pros||Spacious, reasonable price, versatile||Spacious hourglass shape, innovative venting "gills", waterproof footbox, sturdy compression sack||Decent weight, respectable warmth, awesome bargain||Spacious, decent warmth-to-weight ratio, reasonable price||Great price, respectable weight, simple design|
|Cons||Heavy, bulky, just average down insulation||Below average warmth-to-weight ratio, bulky packed size||Average materials, limited features, basic design||Bulky, ineffective hood closure, limited versatility||Subpar warmth, annoying hood drawcords, no storage sack, mediocre versatility|
|Bottom Line||A mid-range sleeping bag that's comfortable but heavy||Premium down in an hourglass shape that offers the roomiest lower body dimensions||An exceptional deal for a capable and sturdy backpacking sleeping bag for those looking to get outside without breaking the bank||A mid-range double bag for weight-conscious and comfort-seeking adventure pairs||An acceptable sleeping bag at a rock bottom price|
|Rating Categories||NEMO Disco 15||NEMO Riff 30||Mountain Hardwear B...||Big Agnes Sentinel...||REI Co-op Trailbrea...|
|Packed Size (15%)|
|Features & Design (10%)|
|Specs||NEMO Disco 15||NEMO Riff 30||Mountain Hardwear B...||Big Agnes Sentinel...||REI Co-op Trailbrea...|
|Insulation||650 FP Down||800 FP Down||650 FP Down, RDS-certified||650 FP Down||Synthetic - Polyester|
|Compressed Volume (L)||10.1 L||7.2 L||7.5 L||11.2 L||9.8 L|
|Measured Bag Weight (Size Long)||2.74 lbs||1.91 lbs||1.98 lbs||3.25 lbs (size regular)||2.74 lbs|
|Manufacturer claimed weight of size Regular (lbs)||2.69 lbs||1.8 lbs||1.79 lbs||3.5 lbs||2.5 lb|
|Compression/Stuff Sack Weight (oz)||2.4 oz||2.4 oz||1.6 oz||1.4 oz||1.2 oz|
|Manufacturer Temp Rating (F)||15 F||30 F||30 F||30 F||30 F|
|EN Temp Rating (Lower Limit, F)||14 F||29 F||30 F||Not rated||29 F|
|Fill Weight (oz)||22 oz||10.2 oz||15 oz||19.5 oz||21.1 oz|
|Compression or stuff sack included?||Compression sack||Compression||Stuff sack||Stuff sack||Stuff|
|Shell material||30D Nylon ripstop||Ripstop nylon (20D)||20D Nylon Ripstop||Polyester ripstop||Polyester w/ DWR|
|Liner material||30D Nylon taffeta||30D Nylon Taffeta w/ DWR||30D Plain weave nylon||Polyester taffeta||Polyester|
|Small Organization Pocket||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Zipper||3/4-length / Left side||3/4-length / Side||3/4-length / Left Side||Dual 3/4-length||3/4-Length / Left Side|
|Shoulder Girth (in)||66||62||62||105||62|
|Hip Girth (in)||60||54||53||105||56|
|Foot Girth (in)||64||59||84||Not stated|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Nemo currently manufactures an assortment of innovative sleeping bags. Many include an hourglass shape and impressive set that our testers near-universally appreciate. The Disco represents one of the more affordable down models in this extensive lineup.
The Disco 15 is filled with 22 oz of 650FP down insulation. That earns it a respectable 14F lower limit temperature rating in the industry-standard EN test. It also features a cozy neck baffle to help prevent heat from escaping out the hood. Unfortunately, in our tests it didn't quite live up to its temp rating, feeling closer to other 20F down bags. This may be due to its spacious dimensions which theoretically require more body heat to warm. Larger folks may therefore find the 15F rating to feel more accurate.
At 2.74 lbs for a size long, this bag is on the heavier side in our 3-season backpacking sleeping bag review. This is probably a consequence of its generous dimensions. Nemo's variety of spacious sleeping bags all seem to suffer from substantial weight disadvantages. This problem is exacerbated among bags with warmer temp ratings, like the Disco 15, because more and more materials are required to insulate the extra interior space.
The Disco 15 performs the best when it comes to comfort. Its broad hourglass space provides an impressively roomy interior space. This is ideal for side and tummy sleepers who like to stretch their legs. It's also perfect for anyone who feels claustrophobic inside traditional mummy sleeping bags. We should acknowledge, however, that the 30-denier nylon taffeta lining fabric doesn't feel quite as luxurious as some of the fabrics found on the higher-end bags.
To enjoy the Disco's plush dimensions you must be willing to accept a drawback in terms of packed size. We measured a size Long's compressed volume at 10.1L in a third-party compression sack. That leaves it as one of the bulkiest bags in the backpacking category. Fortunately, Nemo includes a solid compression sack with the purchase of this bag so you have the tool you need to get it packed down as small as possible.
All down insulation needs to be handled carefully in wet environments. If you allow the Disco's feathers to get soaked, they will clump together and lose nearly all of their insulative power. For wet conditions, it's, therefore, better to consider a bag with synthetic insulation or waterproof shell fabric.
Our testers are pleased with the versatility advantages of this bag's unusual "thermo gills." These are a pair of tiny zippers on the top of the bag that allow you to spread insulation out and shed extra heat on warm nights. You can also zip them closed to trap heat and extend the usable temp range down a few degrees.
Features & Design
The Disco is fitted with an extensive array of accessory features. There is a small zippered pocket for storing a phone or headlamp. There is also a sleeve in the hood of the bag to keep your camp pillow in place. Our favorite nicety though might be the waterproof fabric that guards the foot of the bag. This ensures that the bag's insulation stays dry even if it accidentally rubs up against a condensation-covered tent wall.
This is an affordable but not quite budget sleeping bag. We think it's a good choice if you're intrigued by Nemo's spacious hourglass bags but don't want to fork over serious dough for one of their premium down models. Keep in mind though that these cost savings comes with a significant drawback in terms of heft.
Among a wide array of sleeping bag choices, the Nemo Disco 15 is best suited for those seeking a comfortable, mid-cost option. It doesn't win any points for its near-average warmth-to-weight ratio, but it's a capable model that's versatile enough to meet a range of conditions across a broad temperature range.
— Jack Cramer
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