The Marmot Trestles 15 is an inexpensive yet bulky and heavy bag. It is a great choice for any car camping trip where weight is not a concern, but comfort is. Its two side zippers allow you to fully stick your arms and torso out of the bag for warmer nights while reading or hanging out in the tent. We like the funky liner pattern, but think its material is cheap feeling.
Marmot Trestles 15 - Women's Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Comfortable, warm, inexpensive
Cons: Heavy, bulky, cheap feeling liner material
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Trestles is an inexpensive synthetic option for all your car camping needs. It lost major points in the weight category because it is the heaviest bag in this review, but if weight and packed size are not concerns for you, keep reading.
The Trestles' thick, bulky and heavy synthetic material does make for a warm and cozy bag material. It is rated to 16.7 F which we think is a little ambitious, but it is just as warm as The North Face Cat's Meow and the Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Flame, both rated at around 20 F. The bag has a roomy cut which can sometimes cause it to be colder because of the extra air that surrounds you that needs to be warmed up, but we didn't notice this problem as much as with the NEMO Rave's roomy rectangular cut.
For the women's version of this bag, Marmot claims to have added extra insulation in the foot box and head areas, which is an added bonus. The women's Trestles bag boasts 13 ounces more fill weight over the men's bag that is rated to the same temperature (15 F).
The Trestles is by far the heaviest bag in this review, weighing in at a whopping 4.5 pounds, outweighing the second heaviest Laminina Z Flame by 17 ounces! Because of this, we would not recommend taking this bag backpacking. For a lighter, higher-quality synthetic bag more suited to weekend backpacking trips, we recommend the Cat's Meow. Down bags are almost without exception lighter than synthetic, and the lightest bag we tested is the Sierra Designs Women's Cloud 800.
The Trestles has a roomy and comfortable fit, and the weight of the synthetic fill is comforting on long cold nights. We would have scored it even higher if not for the cheap feeling liner materials. We like the pattern of the liner, but compared to the NEMO Rave 15 and the Neutrino 400, it feels rough and cheap.
We like the Trestles articulated foot box, it adds extra room for our feet to rest at a more natural angle.
As we've mentioned, this is a bulky, heavy sleeping bag. The Trestles does come with a compression stuff sack to help with this problem, but it still is much larger than the other bags in this review and doesn't compress down that small. The Rab Neutrino packs down the smallest, and in the synthetic category, the Cat's Meow compresses to the smallest volume.
The Trestles has some handy features, which also contribute to its weight. It has two zippers, one full length and the second 21" long so you can free your arms and torso to sit up or read a book. This option adds to the comfort if you're planning on spending a lot of time in your sleeping bag. The Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed has a similar feature that has a quilt style blanket built into an opening in the front of the bag that you can stick your arms out of or tuck in. The Trestles also has a small outside pocket for stashing your small items like headlamp in.
This contender would be a great choice for any car camping adventure in cooler weather. We slept out in about 30 F with no problems and felt warm. It is too heavy to recommend taking out on extended backpacking trips, but maybe for short distances for a night or two.
The Trestles is a very inexpensive sleeping bag, retailing for $109, we think it is a good value for the price. It is the second cheapest model after the Boundary but of higher quality. If you want to save yourself some weight and get a slightly higher quality bag than the Trestles consider dropping an extra $70 for the Lamina Z Flame.
The Trestles is a warm but heavy sleeping bag for a decent price. It would be a great choice for a car camping sleeping bag for cooler climates. It's pretty comfortable and we like the liner fabrics pattern and the little stow pocket. It is a better value than the men's version.
— Jessica Haist