REI Co-op Igneo 25 Review
Cons: Tighter than average torso fit, lower quality down, cold for its temperature rating
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REI Co-op Igneo 25
|Price||$279 List||$470.00 at Amazon|
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|$429.00 at Feathered Friends||$389.00 at Feathered Friends||$349.95 at Backcountry|
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|Pros||Affordable, good warm-to-weight ratio, small packed size, quality zipper, feather-light stuff sack||Spacious dimensions, super comfortable, great loft, lightweight, made in the USA||Super lightweight, incredible loft, snag-proof zipper, cozy hood||Best-in-class zipper, best-in-class hood, awesome loft, great warmth-to-weight ratio||Spacious hourglass shape, innovative venting "gills", waterproof footbox, sturdy compression sack|
|Cons||Tighter than average torso fit, lower quality down, cold for its temperature rating||Expensive, awkward hood, good but not great zipper||Uncomfortably narrow dimensions, bare-bones design, noisy fabric||Narrow leg dimensions, no draft collar, heavier and bulkier than some 3-season options||Below average warmth-to-weight ratio, bulky packed size|
|Bottom Line||Decent insulation and low weight combine in this affordable workhorse||If we could only have one bag for the rest of our lives, this would be it||The ideal bag when you need the warmth, but ounces matter too||Exceptional warm and loft along with our favorite hood and zipper||An hourglass bag with premium down and spacious lower dimensions|
|Rating Categories||REI Co-op Igneo 25||MegaLite||Hummingbird UL 30||Swallow 20 YF||NEMO Riff 30|
|Packed Size (15%)|
|Features & Design (10%)|
|Specs||REI Co-op Igneo 25||MegaLite||Hummingbird UL 30||Swallow 20 YF||NEMO Riff 30|
|Insulation||700 FP Down||850+ FP Down||950+ FP Down||900+ FP Down||800 FP Down|
|Compressed Volume (L)||6.8 L||7.2 L||7.3 L||8.5 L||7.2 L|
|Measured Bag Weight (Size Long)||1.80 lbs||1.62 lbs||1.45 lbs||1.94 lbs||1.91 lbs|
|Compression/Stuff Sack Weight (oz)||0.8 oz||1.6 oz||0.8 oz||1.0 oz||2.4 oz|
|Manufacturer claimed weight of size Regular (lbs)||1.63 lbs||1.5 lbs||1.33 lbs||1.79 lbs||1.8 lbs|
|Manufacturer Temp Rating (F)||25 F||30 F||30 F||20 F||30 F|
|EN Temp Rating (Lower Limit, F)||25 F||Not rated||Not rated||Not rated||29 F|
|Fill Weight (oz)||10 oz||13 oz||12 oz||17.5 oz||10.2 oz|
|Compression or stuff sack included?||Stuff||Stuff||Stuff||Stuff||Compression|
|Shell material||Ripstop nylon (20D)||Extremelite (12D)||Pertex Endurance (10D)||Pertex YFuse (20D)||20D Nylon Ripstop w/ DWR|
|Small Organization Pocket||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Zipper||3/4-length / Side||Full-length / Side||Full-length / Side||Full-length / Side||3/4-length / Side|
|Shoulder Girth (in)||60||64||58||60||62|
|Hip Girth (in)||56||Not stated||52||56||54|
|Foot Girth (in)||Not stated||39||38||38||59|
Our Analysis and Test Results
In previous years, the REI Igneo took home a Best Buy Award for being an affordable, yet high-performing, down sleeping bag. Although it remains affordable and performs well, it's no longer an award winner. That's because the latest iterations of the Kelty Cosmic 20 and Nemo Kyan 35 currently cost less while offering comparable quality. The Igneo, however, remains a viable option if you're willing to spend a little more to get a little better warmth-to-weight ratio.
A standard Igneo is filled with 10 oz of 700-fill power, hydrophobic, duck down. This places it near the bottom of the backpacking sleeping bag field in terms of insulation quantity and quality. To our testers, the bag felt less warm than its EN Lower Limit rating (25°F) would suggest. For comparison, there are several bags with temperature ratings above 25° that contain more and better quality down.
Perhaps the most impressive characteristic of this bag is its weight. Tipping the scales at 1.8 pounds for a size long, it falls within the same neighborhood as the top-performing, but much more expensive, high-end bags. A greater portion of the Igneo's weight, however, is composed of shell materials, rather than insulation, so it doesn't achieve the same outstanding warmth-to-weight ratio.
This bag provides slightly below average comfort. Although the foot box and lower leg area is surprisingly roomy, the torso width feels mildly constrictive. Those that are slight of frame are unlikely to complain, but the broad-shouldered, or anyone how prefers to sleep on their side, may find the Igneo to feel less than comfortable.
With the aid of an after-market compression sack, this bag compacted down to one of the smallest volumes of all. However, you will not be able to obtain the same results using the feather-light stuff sack it comes with. Thus, if packed size is important to you, expect to spend an extra twenty bones on a third-party compression sack that will help you squeeze this bag to its full potential.
Like most down bags, the Igneo isn't well suited for wet conditions and will lose nearly all of its ability to insulate if it gets soaked. Apart from that limitation, it provides average versatility. The two-way zipper gives you some venting options on warmer nights. The zipper's 3/4-length, however, constrains full venting and prevents it from being shared as a quilt.
Features and Design
The Igneo is a basic mummy-style sleeping bag. We really liked its anti-snag zipper that includes pull tabs on both the inside and outside to ensure that getting in and out is a breeze. Unfortunately, the thin draft tube to insulate this zipper does not feel entirely adequate. It also includes a similar draft collar to prevent heat from escaping out the hood. However, the draft collar is also thin and lacks a drawstring to keep it in place, leaving it to feel similarly inadequate.
At its full list price, this bag's performance is a decent value. Although we consider a couple of other bags to be a better choice for bargain hunters, that could no longer be true if you can manage to score this bag on sale. REI regularly offers coupons for 20%-off a single item. With that kind of discount, the Igneo could edge past its rivals to be the best down sleeping bag deal.
Despite minor flaws in its warmth and design features, the Igneo warrants respect and consideration. Its weight and packed size are close if not better than its far pricier competitors. In the competition for bargain bag accolades, it narrowly lost. However, it's still worth considering, especially if you can find it on sale.
— Jack Cramer