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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
Marmot Trestles Elite Eco 20 - Women's
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Price:  $170 List | $158.00 at REI
Pros:  Comfortable, inexpensive, recycled materials
Cons:  Heavy, bulky
Manufacturer:   Marmot
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 17, 2019
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  • Warmth - 25% 5
  • 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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Pros Comfortable, inexpensive, recycled materialsComfortable, lightweight, excellent materials, not constrictingLight and compressible synthetic, keeps you warm when wetGood price for a down sleeping bag, warm, comfortableComfortable, inexpensive
Cons Heavy, bulkyComforter sometimes does not stay tucked inBulkier packed size, heavier, small fitLow quality down fill, heavy, packed size, no storage sackBulky and heavy
Bottom Line This well priced synthetic bag is a great choice for your car camping needsA great, high-quality choice at a relatively low price for those looking for a lightweight bag that doesn't sacrifice comfortAn inexpensive and versatile synthetic bag, this is an excellent choice for breaking into backpackingThis competitively priced down sleeping bag is a good entry-level bag for backpackers looking to hit the trail on a budgetThis roomy bag is a great choice for car campers that run warm and are looking for a bag with venting capability and extra space
Rating Categories Trestles Elite Eco 20 Cloud 800 Cat's Meow Kelty Cosmic 20 - W... NEMO Forte 20 - Wom...
Warmth (25%)
5.0
5.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Weight (25%)
6.0
10.0
7.0
4.0
4.0
Comfort (20%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Packed Size (15%)
5.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
Features (15%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Specs Trestles Elite Eco 20 Cloud 800 Cat's Meow Kelty Cosmic 20 - W... NEMO Forte 20 - Wom...
ISO/EN Comfort Rating (F) 20 F 26 F 22 F 25 F 20 F
Fill Type HL-ElixR synthetic fibers PFC-Free DriDown Heatseekerâ„¢ Guide synthetic insulation 550-fill duck down Primaloft Rise, 80% post-consumer reycled
Measured Weight (in lbs) 2.8 lb 1.7 lb 2.5 lb 3.4 lb 3.4 lb
Total Weight (oz) 44 oz 27.4 oz 40.2 oz 54 oz 54 oz
Fill Power Synthetic 800 Synthetic 550 Synthetic
Women specific features Women's specific fit More insulation per square inch than men's version Women's specific cut Increased foot room Extra room at knees
Fill Weight (oz) Unspecified 14.8 oz Unspecified 20.7 oz 38 oz
Material 20-denier recycled ripstop polyester 15d nylon risptop 20D Nylon Ripstop/taffeta 20D 400T nylon, PFC-free C0 DWR finish 30D nylon ripstop
Neck Baffle Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Pocket Yes No No Yes Yes
Sleeping Pad Sleeve No Yes No No No
Zipper Length 53/15" N/A 59 in 59 in 53 in
Shoulder Girth 58 in 59 in 58 in 58 in 62 in
Hip Girth 58 in 58 in 58 in 52 in 58 in
Foot Girth 45 in 39 in 40 in 40 in 60 in
Stuff Sack included? Stuff sack and storage bag included Stuff sack and storage bag included Compression sack and storage bag included Stuff sack only Compression sack and storage bag included

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

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 synthetic models we tested which are very lofty and cozy. The Trestles is also quite roomy, a more relaxed mummy shape compared to the other synthetic bags, 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...
The Trestles has a large hood that can be cinched down for extra warmth.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Weight


The Elite Eco weighs in at 2.75 pounds, one of the heaviest bags in this review. 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 models easily weigh in a pound less than the Trestles.

Comfort


The Trestles exceeds in the comfort department. It is the most comfortable of the synthetic models 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.

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.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Packed Size


The Trestles comes with a compression sack to make it as small as possible and seems to be more compressible than its competitors. 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 the models we tested get pretty tiny.

The Marmot Trestles Eco Elite
The Marmot Trestles Eco Elite
Photo: Ian McEleney

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 to save weight.

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

Value


The Marmot Trestles is one of 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...
Two of the synthetic bags we tested, the Marmot Trestles and the Mountain Hardwear Lamina.
Photo: Ian McEleney

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