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Marmot Trestles Elite Eco 20 - Women's Review

This well priced synthetic bag is a great choice for your car camping needs.
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Price:  $150 List | $111.71 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Comfortable, inexpensive, recycled materials
Cons:  Heavy, bulky
Manufacturer:   Marmot
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 17, 2019
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RANKED
#14 of 15
  • Warmth - 25% 6
  • Weight - 25% 6
  • Comfort - 20% 9
  • Packed Size - 15% 5
  • Features - 15% 7

Our Verdict

This comfortable synthetic bag is a good choice for wet or warm climates. The Marmot Trestles Elite Eco 20 is not a particularly warm bag and is heavy and bulky so we would not recommend it for extended backpacking trips. However, it's a decent price and could be a good choice for car camping trips. It's also good for your conscience since it's composed of 96% recycled materials.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Elite Eco is a roomy and comfortable bag with soft feeling liner materials. We'd throw this in the car for our weekend camping trips in warm weather.

Performance Comparison


The Marmot Trestles Elite Eco could be a good choice for warm weather car camping trips.
The Marmot Trestles Elite Eco could be a good choice for warm weather car camping trips.

Warmth


The Marmot Trestles Elite Eco 20 is EN comfort rated to 20.3 degrees Fahrenheit. We would not want to spend the night out in 20-degree temps in this bag and would recommend not taking it out in below freezing temperatures. The Trestles material seems much less lofty and warm than the other two synthetic models we tested, The North Face Cat's Meow - Women's, or the Mountain Hardwear Lamina. Both are very lofty and cozy. The Trestles is also quite roomy, a more relaxed mummy shape compared to those other two, allowing space for more cold air to warm up. It does have a hood with a draft collar to help keep cold air out.

The Trestles has a large hood that can be cinched down for extra warmth.
The Trestles has a large hood that can be cinched down for extra warmth.

Weight


The Elite Eco weighs in at 2.75 pounds, one of the heaviest bags in this review. It's not as heavy as the Lamina, but the Cat's Meow is the lightest of the synthetic products. Typically synthetic materials are much heavier than down, which is why we recommend down sleeping bags for activities when you'll be carrying your bed on your back. Our favorite down model is the Feathered Friends Egret UL 20, and it weighs a pound less than the Trestles.

Comfort


The Trestles exceeds in the comfort department. It is the most comfortable of the three synthetics we tested. It has a relaxed, roomy "mummy" shape that you can move around in freely, and there's extra room to layer up when it's cold. We also like that this back has two zippers, one full length and one short, 15-inch zipper that allows you to fold down the front of the bag to free your arms if you want to read a book or move around more, or for extra ventilation on hot nights. We also really like the feel of this bag's materials — they are very soft. If you're looking for an exceptionally comfortable bag, we think the Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 700 - Women's was the most comfortable of the bunch and has a unique design.

This bag is quite roomy and allows for space to add extra layers.
This bag is quite roomy and allows for space to add extra layers.

Packed Size


The Trestles comes with a compression sack to make it as small as possible and seems to be more compressible than the Cat's Meow or the Lamina. However, it is still one of the largest packages of the bunch because the nature of synthetic materials are just generally less compressible. Down can compress down much smaller, and one of the smallest sleeping bags of the bunch is the Rab Neutrino 400.

The Marmot Trestles Eco Elite
The Marmot Trestles Eco Elite

Features


We've already mentioned the zippers on both sides, and the soft liner materials which add comfort. We also like the small stash pocket for storing things we may need in the night like a headlamp. It's also great that this bag comes with a compression sack to make the Trestles more packable. We prefer bags with simple features like the Egret to save weight.

The Marmot Trestles Elite Eco has several features we like including a stash pocket for you headlamp and double zippers to free your arms.
The Marmot Trestles Elite Eco has several features we like including a stash pocket for you headlamp and double zippers to free your arms.

Best Application


This bag could be a good choice for car camping or paddling trips where there's a chance it may get damp, and you don't have to carry it far. If you know you'll be in a wet climate, synthetic bags are a good choice because they can retain warmth even when they get wet, unlike down. Since this isn't super warm, it would be good in a warmer climate or for mid-summer trips.

Value


Retailing for $150 the Marmot Trestles is the cheapest product in this review, so pretty good value as long as you need a sleeping bag for an occasional, short overnight trip, or for plenty of car camping. If you're looking for a true backpacking model, though, there are better values out there.

Two of the synthetic bags we tested  the Marmot Trestles and the Mountain Hardwear Lamina.
Two of the synthetic bags we tested, the Marmot Trestles and the Mountain Hardwear Lamina.

Conclusion


At a great price, the Trestles Elite Eco 20 is a good choice for comfortable car camping. It will keep you warm at or above freezing temperatures but is not as warm as it's 20-degree rating. Weighing in at 2.75 pounds we would not recommend carrying this long distances, but its synthetic materials will help keep you warm in damp climates even when it gets wet.


Jessica Haist