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Marmot Trestles 30 Review

This bag's mediocre performance fails to justify its considerable weight
Marmot Trestles 30
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Price:  $100 List
Pros:  Lots of insulation, great venting options with the accessory zipper, durable construction
Cons:  Really heavy, not very compressible, stiff lining fabric, heavy stuff sack
Manufacturer:   Marmot
By Jack Cramer ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 19, 2019
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  • Warmth - 20% 5
  • Weight - 20% 1
  • Comfort - 20% 6
  • Packed Size - 15% 2
  • Versatility - 15% 8
  • Features & Design - 10% 5

Our Verdict

Backpacking sleeping bags can be extraordinarily expensive. The Marmot Trestles 30 is fortunately not. Our testers appreciated its ample insulation and accessory zipper that together extend the range of temperatures in which it can comfortably function. Both of these features, however, contribute to is heaviness and poor compressibility. The Trestles still provides a lovely sleep, but these qualities make it less fun to carry to camp. We, therefore, only recommend it to shoppers who will take full advantage of its wide temperature range during short trips close to the trailhead.

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Pros Lots of insulation, great venting options with the accessory zipper, durable constructionAwesome warmth-to-weight ratio for the price, very compressible, tons of venting options, nice compression sack includedThick synthetic insulation, well-balanced performance, easy to use zipper, included stuff sackCheap, anti-snag zipper, sturdy materials, versatile synthetic insulationInexpensive, burly, decent warmth, roomy fit
Cons Really heavy, not very compressible, stiff lining fabric, heavy stuff sackNot as warm as its temp rating, no draft collar, uncertain durabilityBulkier than expected, mediocre warmth-to-weight ratioModerate warmth-to-weight ratio, doesn't compress well, limited extra featuresHeavier than average, bulky, no storage sack, no compression sack
Bottom Line Heavy with mediocre performance in several areasGreat warmth-to-weight ratio for an affordable priceThis synthetic mummy bag is simple and effectiveAmong tough competition, this workhorse holds its own admirablyAn affordable option that's still suitable for overnight backpacking
Rating Categories Marmot Trestles 30 NEMO Kyan 35 The North Face Cat's Meow 20 Mountain Hardwear Lamina 30 Kelty Cosmic 20
Warmth (20%)
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Specs Marmot Trestles 30 NEMO Kyan 35 The North Face... Mountain Hardwear... Kelty Cosmic 20
Measured weight (size Long, in lbs) 3.54 lbs 1.89 lbs 2.39 lbs 2.28 lbs 2.63 lbs
Manufacturer claimed weight (size Regular, in lbs) 3.06 lbs 1.69 lbs 2.25 lbs 2.17 lbs 2.41 lbs
Temperature rating (F) 30 F 35 F 20 F 30 F 20 F
EN lower limit (rating for men)/ EN Comfort Rating (rating for women) 26 / 36 F 35 / 46 F 22 / 33 F 27 (lower) F 19 (lower) F
Compression/Stuff sack weight (oz) 4.2 oz 2.4 oz 4.0 oz 3.7 oz 0.8 oz
Compressed volume (L) 13.1 L 6.6 L 11.4 L 8.6 L 8.7 L
Fill Synthetic - Spirafil Synthetic - Primaloft Silver Synthetic - Heatseeker Guide Synthetic - Thermal.Q 600FP Down (83%) / Polyester (17%)
Hydrophobic down? N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes
Fill weight (size Reg, in ounces) 33.8 oz 12 oz 26 oz Unknown 18.2 oz
Shell material 70D polyester Ripstop nylon (20D) 20D Nylon Ripstop Ripstop nylon (30D) 20D Nylon taffeta
Neck baffle No No No No Yes
Small organization pocket Yes No Yes No Yes
Zipper 3/4-Length Left Side, 1/4-Length Right Side Full-length / Side Full-Length Side Full-lengh / Side 3/4-Length Side
Shoulder girth (size Regular) 62 in 62 in Unknown 60 in 64 in
Hip girth (size Regular) 57 in 57 in Unknown 58 in 60 in
Foot girth (size Regular) Not listed 46 in Not listed Not listed Not listed
Stuff or compression sack included? Compression Compression Compression Compression Stuff
Storage sack included? No Yes Yes Yes No
Water resistant shell? No DWR No DWR No
Total weight (size Long, in ounces) 56.6 oz 30.2 oz 38.2 oz 36.4 oz 42.0 oz
Manufacturer claimed weight (size Long, in ounces) 53 oz 30 oz 39 oz Not listed 43 oz

Our Analysis and Test Results

Marmot offers sleeping bags across the full price spectrum. Their ultra-premium Phase 20 scored pretty well as a standard backpacking sleeping bag. Meanwhile, the lighter Phase 30 won a Top Pick Award for water resistance in our ultralight sleeping bag review. The bargain basement Trestles 30, however, didn't do nearly as well in the budget backpacking sleeping bag category. Read on to learn why we think Marmot is better at premium bags.

Performance Comparison


Several bags in this review, including the Trestles 30, are...
Several bags in this review, including the Trestles 30, are advertised as backpacking sleeping bags but are really better suited for car camping due to their substantial weight.
Photo: Jack Cramer

Warmth


The Trestles is filled with 33.8 ounces of synthetic Spirafil insulation. This amount of insulation is substantial compared to other budget backpacking sleeping bags. However, on the industry standard EN test it receives a modest 26°F lower limit temperature rating. Our testers think this rating is accurate, which makes this bag well suited for all but the coldest 3-season conditions.

This sleeping bag's EN temperature ratings are about average for a...
This sleeping bag's EN temperature ratings are about average for a 3-season model.
Photo: Jack Cramer

Weight


A consequence of this bag's substantial insulation is correspondingly substantial total weight. On our scale, a size long weighed a whopping 3.54 pounds. This figure is heavier than most budget sleeping bags. We thus believe the Trestles provides a subpar warmth-to-weight ratio, even after you factor in its affordable price.

Comfort


Often heavier sleeping bags are heavier because they're designed to be more comfortable. But that's not necessarily the case with the Trestles. Its 62-inch shoulder girth is fairly generous but not the largest of the category. Its durable fabrics are unfortunately stiff and not as soft as some of the other budget sleeping bags. The Trestles thus scores slightly below average in overall comfort.

The Trestles dual compression/storage sack is pretty good at...
The Trestles dual compression/storage sack is pretty good at squeezing down to minimum volume. It's a little tight, however, for long-term storage.
Photo: Jack Cramer

Packed Size


This bag comes with a large sack that doubles as a compression and storage sack. In both these functions, it performs adequately, but at 4.2 ounces, it's on the heavier side. In our packed size test with an aftermarket compression sack, the Trestles achieved a minimum volume of 13.1 liters. This bag is fairly large and will take up a substantial portion of all but the biggest backpacking packs.

The Trestles' 1/4-length accessory zipper certainly improves...
The Trestles' 1/4-length accessory zipper certainly improves ventilation. However, we believe there are lighter and more effective ways to improve overall versatility.
Photo: Jack Cramer

Versatility


Versatility is the one area where this bag shines. You can count on its synthetic insulation to keep you warm even if it gets soaked. The ¼-length accessory zipper is also great for venting excess heat on warmer nights. We only wish this accessory zipper was a smaller size to cut down on the bag's overall weight.

Features and Design


Although we like the venting options that the accessory zipper offers, we believe this additional zipper would be more useful if it were tacked on to make the main zipper longer. Then the bag could be fully unzipped into a quilt. The accessory zipper location also requires there be separate drawstrings to tighten the chin and forehead regions of the bag's hood — a minor convenience and slight weight increase. Our testers were still able to appreciate the Trestles convenient stash pocket, but there appear to be a few ways its design could be better.

The Trestles has a convenient stash pocket next to the main zipper...
The Trestles has a convenient stash pocket next to the main zipper for storing a phone or headlamp.
Photo: Jack Cramer

Value


The Trestles is one of the cheaper sleeping bags marketed for overnight backpacking. It has a few features that we like, but its considerable weight isn't ideal. The Trestles, therefore, is not a particularly great value.

Conclusion


When you're sleeping in it, the Trestles performs pretty well. Its accessory zipper, in particular, is great for adjusting your warmth as temperatures and your metabolism fluctuate throughout the night. Its substantial weight and packed size, however, make it less than desirable for if you hope to carry it into a real backcountry camp.

Jack Cramer