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Marmot Trestles 15 - Women's Review

Price:  $109 List | $87.20 at MooseJaw
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Pros:  Comfortable, warm, inexpensive
Cons:  Heavy, bulky, cheap feeling liner material
Bottom line:  A heavy choice for backpacking but a great value for a warm car camping sleeping bag.
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EN Comfort Rating (F):  16.7
Women specific features:  Women's specific cut with insulation added at feet and head
Total Weight (oz):  72 oz
Manufacturer:   Marmot

Our Verdict

The Marmot Trestles 15 is an inexpensive yet bulky and heavy bag. It is a great choice for any car camping or short backpack trip where weight is not a concern, but comfort is. It's 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.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Jessica Haist

Last Updated:
Wednesday
October 18, 2017

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The Trestles is an inexpensive synthetic option for all your car camping needs.

Performance Comparison


The Marmot Trestles lost major points in the weight category because it is the heaviest bag in this review.

The Marmot Trestles with both zippers undone  freeing your arms and torso for whatever you want.
The Marmot Trestles with both zippers undone, freeing your arms and torso for whatever you want.

Warmth


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 is 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 Celesta's roomy "spoon" shape 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).

Weight


The Trestles is by far the heaviest bag in this review, weighing in at a whopping 72 ounces. Outweighing the second heaviest Lamina Z Flame by 17 ounces! Because of this, we would not recommend taking this bag backpacking. The lightest synthetic bag we tested was the Slumberjack Boundary 20 Women's, but we'd recommend the Cat's Meow over the Boundary, it's only 1 ounce heavier and is a much higher quality bag. Down bags are almost without exception lighter than synthetic, and the lightest bag we tested was the Rab Neutrino 400.

Zipping up the shorter of the Trestles' two zippers
Zipping up the shorter of the Trestles' two zippers

Comfort


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 Marmot Trestles roomy articulated foot box  with extra synthetic fill.
We like the Marmot Trestles roomy articulated foot box, with extra synthetic fill.

We like the Trestles articulated foot box, a it adds extra room for our feet to rest at a more natural angle.

Packed Size


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.

The Marmot Trestles is one of the few bags that comes with a compression sack.
The Marmot Trestles is one of the few bags that comes with a compression sack.

Features


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.

The Marmot Trestles' small stash pocket is good for items like your headlamp.
The Marmot Trestles' small stash pocket is good for items like your headlamp.

Best Application


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.

Value


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 much 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.

Getting snuggled in for the night in the Marmot Trestles.
Getting snuggled in for the night in the Marmot Trestles.

Conclusion


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

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