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Rab Mythic 400 Review

A premium bag that's designed to minimize weight and packed size.
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Price:  $500 List | $499.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Ultralight, lofty 900FP down, packs small, solid warmth, waterproof stuff sack
Cons:  Short half-length zipper that's prone to snagging, narrow leg dimensions, one size "fits" all
Manufacturer:   Rab
By Jack Cramer ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 7, 2019
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  • Warmth - 20% 7
  • Weight - 20% 9
  • Comfort - 20% 5
  • Packed Size - 15% 8
  • Versatility - 15% 4
  • Features & Design - 10% 5

Our Verdict

At first glance the Mythic is an incredible sleeping bag. Rab combines premium 900-fill power down, silky Pertex Quantum fabric, and a minimalist zipper to create a bag that's plenty warm yet also ultralight. But when you step back and compare it with other ultra-premium bags, it doesn't look quite as good. Under closer inspection, the tiny zipper saves weight but is prone to snagging. Moreover, the short zipper length limits your ability to vent excess heat on warmer nights. Its spartan dimensions also contribute to its low weight but can be uncomfortably constrictive for larger folks or side sleepers. Ultimately, the Mythic is still an awesome bag.


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Pros Ultralight, lofty 900FP down, packs small, solid warmth, waterproof stuff sackSpacious dimensions, super comfortable, great loft, lightweight, made in the USASuper lightweight, incredible loft, snag-proof zipper, cozy hoodBest-in-class zipper, best-in-class hood, awesome loft, great warmth-to-weight ratioLightweight, small packed size, quality down, nice zipper, cozy fabric
Cons Short half-length zipper that's prone to snagging, narrow leg dimensions, one size "fits" allExpensive, awkward hood, good but not great zipperUncomfortably narrow dimensions, bare-bones design, noisy fabricNarrow leg dimensions, no draft collar, heavier and bulkier than some 3-season optionsExpensive, moderate warmth
Bottom Line A premium bag that's designed to minimize weight and packed size.The only ultra-premium bag to combine low weight, good packability, and luxurious comfort.Our favorite when ounces matter, this is a full-size mummy bag that's both warm and ultralight.Our favorite zipper and hood in a bag that's also exceptionally warm and lofty.A awesome bag at a fair price.
Rating Categories Rab Mythic 400 MegaLite Hummingbird UL 30 Swallow 20 YF REI Co-op Magma 30
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Specs Rab Mythic 400 MegaLite Hummingbird UL 30 Swallow 20 YF REI Co-op Magma 30
Insulation 900 FP Down 850+ FP Down 950+ FP Down 900+ FP Down 850 FP Down
Compressed Volume (L) 7.3 L 7.2 L 7.3 L 8.5 L 6.7 L
Measured Bag Weight (Size Long) 1.49 lbs 1.62 lbs 1.45 lbs 1.94 lbs 1.39 lbs
Compression/Stuff Sack Weight (oz) 1.5 oz 1.6 oz 0.8 oz 1.0 oz 0.4 oz
Manufacturer claimed weight of size Regular (lbs) 1.44 lbs 1.5 lbs 1.33 lbs 1.79 lbs 1.24 lbs
Hydrophobic down Yes No No No Yes
Manufacturer Temp Rating (F) 21 30 30 20 30
EN Temp Rating (Lower Limit) 21 Not rated Not rated Not rated 30
Fill Weight (oz) 14.1 oz 13 oz 12 oz 17.5 oz 9.7 oz
Shell material Pertex Quantum (10D) Extremelite (12D) Pertex Endurance (10D) Pertex YFuse (20D) Pertex ripstop nylon (15D)
Neck Baffle Yes No No No Yes
Small Organization Pocket No No No No No
Zipper Half-length / Side Full-length / Side Full-length / Side Full-length / Side 3/4-length / Side
Shoulder Girth (in) 55 64 58 60 63
Hip Girth (in) 41 Unknown 52 56 57
Foot Girth (in) 33 39 38 38 Unavailable
Compression or stuff sack included? Stuff (Waterproof) Stuff Stuff Stuff Stuff

Our Analysis and Test Results

When comparing the Mythic 400 with its competitors in the backpacking sleeping bag review, it's essential to factor in that the Mythic we tested was a size regular while all the other bags were size long. This does make the comparison more difficult, but it was our only option because the Mythic only comes in one size. Fortunately, a Rab size regular was just long enough for our 6'2" lead tester. Anyone 6'3" or taller, however, will likely be happier in a different bag.

Performance Comparison


If the Rab Mythic makes so many sacrifices to be ultralight  may be you should to. Pair it with an ultralight shelter  or no shelter at all  and it's possible to cover serious mileage.
If the Rab Mythic makes so many sacrifices to be ultralight, may be you should to. Pair it with an ultralight shelter, or no shelter at all, and it's possible to cover serious mileage.

Warmth


To keep you cozy the Mythic 400 is filled with 14.1 ounces of premium 900 fill power goose down. It also features a small neck baffle and half-length zipper to seal the heat in. With this insulation and features, it receives an EN lower limit temperature rating of 21°F. Our testers feel this rating is accurate compared to other EN-rated bags.

Weight


The Mythic 400 is optimized for minimum weight. To accomplish this, it features high fill power down, thin 10-denier Pertex Quantum shell fabric, and a tiny half-length zipper. A size regular tipped our scale at an impressive 1.49 pounds.

We were surprised, however, because this meant the Mythic was slightly heavier than a few other ultra-premium bags that felt warmer, were a size larger, and included burly full-length zippers. Overall, the Mythic is still ultralight, with a great warmth-to-weight ratio, but there a few higher performers.

When placed side-by-side with the Western Mountaineering MegaLite (top)  the Rab Mythic's sharper taper toward the feet (bottom) becomes more apparent.
When placed side-by-side with the Western Mountaineering MegaLite (top), the Rab Mythic's sharper taper toward the feet (bottom) becomes more apparent.

Comfort


One aspect of this bag that's sacrificed to achieve its low weight is its comfort. The Mythic 400 features some of the narrowest dimensions of any bag we tried. Testers specifically complained about the lower end of the bag feeling constrictive. We were big fans, however, of softness of its liner fabric and cozy loft of its premium down.

Our entire review team noted this model's comfortable and nicely articulated vaulted foot box.
Our entire review team noted this model's comfortable and nicely articulated vaulted foot box.

Packed Size


This bag is the only one in the review that comes with a waterproof stuff sack. Although this sack isn't quite as good at compressing the bag as an aftermarket compression sack, it performed better than the other simple drawstring stuff sacks we tried.

Using an aftermarket compression sack we measured its minimum compressed volume at 7.3 liters. This is better than average but not as small as its low weight would suggest.

Versatility


The performance area most compromised by this bag's desire to be ultralight is its versatility. Our testers found the minimalist half-length zipper to be ineffective at venting excess heat on warmer nights.

In addition, the trapezoidal baffles that hold its down are not continuous. This eliminates the possibility of moving insulation from the top to the underside of the bag to adjust the level of warmth. Other ultra-premium bags with continuous horizontal baffles, like those from Feathered Friends and Western Mountaineering, thus possess a distinct versatility advantage.

Factoring these drawbacks in, we are most confident recommending the Mythic 400 for lightweight missions within a narrow temperature range of overnight lows between roughly 25° and 45°F.

The tiny weight-saving zipper on the Rab Mythic 400 is unfortunately prone to snagging.
The tiny weight-saving zipper on the Rab Mythic 400 is unfortunately prone to snagging.

Features and Design


This bag is clearly designed to be ultralight, and all superfluous features have been stripped away for this purpose. Despite these sacrifices, however, it still weighs a couple of ounces more than equal warm, but less expensive rivals. We still like the Mythic's high-quality materials and construction but feel like it doesn't strike a bullseye on what seems to be its overarching design goal.

Value


Due to its ultra-premium down this bag comes with an ultra-premium price tag. However, compared to the other expensive bags the Mythic doesn't stack up particularly well. In fact, for most outdoor applications, our testers would prefer one of the other high-end bags. For this reason, we consider this bag to rank toward the bottom of the field in value.

Conclusion


The Rab Mythic 400 is ultimately a victim of the high expectations set by its high price. On its own, it's an incredibly light and well-made bag. But in direct comparison with other ultra-premium sleeping bags, its deficiencies in comfort and versatility become more apparent. As such we can only recommend it for ultralight travelers if they can find it on sale.


Jack Cramer