REI Co-op Magma 30 Review
Cons: Expensive, moderate warmth
Manufacturer: REI Co-op
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REI Co-op Magma 30
|Price||$339.00 at REI||$314.96 at Backcountry|
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|$429.00 at Feathered Friends||$389.00 at Feathered Friends||$349.95 at Backcountry|
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|Pros||Lightweight, small packed size, quality down, nice zipper, cozy fabric||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||Expensive, moderate warmth||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||Reasonable price for a great bag||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 Magma 30||MegaLite||Hummingbird UL 30||Swallow 20 YF||NEMO Riff 30|
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|Features & Design (10%)|
|Specs||REI Co-op Magma 30||MegaLite||Hummingbird UL 30||Swallow 20 YF||NEMO Riff 30|
|Insulation||850 FP Down||850+ FP Down||950+ FP Down||900+ FP Down||800 FP Down|
|Compressed Volume (L)||6.7 L||7.2 L||7.3 L||8.5 L||7.2 L|
|Measured Bag Weight (Size Long)||1.39 lbs||1.62 lbs||1.45 lbs||1.94 lbs||1.91 lbs|
|Compression/Stuff Sack Weight (oz)||0.4 oz||1.6 oz||0.8 oz||1.0 oz||2.4 oz|
|Manufacturer claimed weight of size Regular (lbs)||1.24 lbs||1.5 lbs||1.33 lbs||1.79 lbs||1.8 lbs|
|Manufacturer Temp Rating (F)||30 F||30 F||30 F||20 F||30 F|
|EN Temp Rating (Lower Limit, F)||30 F||Not rated||Not rated||Not rated||29 F|
|Fill Weight (oz)||9.7 oz||13 oz||12 oz||17.5 oz||10.2 oz|
|Compression or stuff sack included?||Stuff||Stuff||Stuff||Stuff||Compression|
|Shell material||Pertex ripstop nylon (15D)||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)||63||64||58||60||62|
|Hip Girth (in)||57||Not stated||52||56||54|
|Foot Girth (in)||Not stated||39||38||38||59|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Magma is filled with 9.7 ounces of 850 fill power goose down. Although this down is undeniably high-quality, that's a fairly small amount for a bag with a 30°F temperature rating. Nevertheless, our testers believe this moderate rating is accurate. Helping it retain body heat is the legit draft collar that seals heat in on cooler nights. The Magma may not keep you lava hot, but it's certainly warm enough for most 3-season uses.
A size long weighed in on our scale at 1.39 pounds, impressively light for a 30° mummy bag with a full-length zipper. Its drawstring stuff sack also tipped our scale at an ultralight 0.4 ounces. Together they combine for an overnight combo that's noticeably lighter than several bags that offer similar warmth but cost as much as a hundred dollars more.
The Magma scores pretty well on comfort. Its 63-inch shoulder girth is almost the widest we tested, and it only tapers modestly toward the foot of the bag. This left our testers with generous interior dimensions to enjoy. We also appreciated this bag's cozy 15-denier ripstop nylon material. Finally, it's easy to overlook the triangle-shaped piece of fabric at the end of the zipper, but the excellent job it does of shielding your face from the cold metal of the zipper's slide should not be ignored.
As its low weight would suggest, this bag packs down super well. Stuffed inside a third-party compression sack, we measured its minimum volume at 6.7 liters. That's nearly the smallest in the backpacking sleeping bag field. Unfortunately, you can't achieve this minimal size using the simple drawstring stuff sack that it comes with. So if packed size is important to you, expect to spend a few extra dollars getting a good after-market compression sack.
All down insulation underperforms if it gets wet, and the Magma is no different. This limits its usefulness in wet conditions, but in most situations, it's possible to keep it dry and performing well. The range of temperatures you can comfortably use it in is enhanced by the full-length zipper and draft collar. The long zipper lets you vent excess heat on warmer nights while the draft collar helps trap heat inside on colder evenings.
Features and Design
As far as traditional mummy bags go, the Magma is designed pretty well. The strongest evidence for this is the respectable warmth it provides in such a lightweight package. Aside from that, however, it has limited noteworthy features. It lacks a stash pocket to store your phone, and it can't boast of any versatility boosting accessory. We do really like its zipper, which is anti-snag and includes a pull tab on the inside for a more convenient escape.
The Magma is REI's premium sleeping bag offering. Although its price tag is higher than one might expect for a store-brand model, we still think it provides excellent value. Performance-wise there are a few ultra-premium bags from Feathered Friends and Western Mountaineering that we like more, but the Magma costs noticeably less. Its availability at REI also means that you're much more likely to find it on sale.
Today, more and more big-name companies are making sleeping bags with 850 fill power down or higher. Our testers have been underwhelmed with the offerings from many of these new entrants, but that's not the case with the REI Magma 30. Although its performance didn't quite reach the pinnacle of the backpacking sleeping bag category, it came darn close. Getting one at REI is also a lot more convenient than a custom order from a specialty manufacturer and improves the likelihood that you could find it on sale. If you're lucky and do find it marked down, don't hesitate to pull the trigger.
— Jack Cramer