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Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass 15 - Women's Review

This middle-of-the-pack sleeping bag is comfortable, warm, and fine or short backpacking trips and car camping excursions
Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass 15 - Women's
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Price:  $250 List | $249.99 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Comfortable, warm, roomy
Cons:  Heavy, bulky
Manufacturer:   Mountain Hardwear
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 20, 2021
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RANKED
#10 of 17
  • Warmth - 25% 8
  • Weight - 25% 6
  • Comfort - 20% 8
  • Packed Size - 15% 7
  • Features - 15% 6

Our Verdict

The Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass 15 is a decent choice for an all-around backpacking bag. It falls squarely in the middle of the pack of women’s bags, and there is not much remarkable about it. Its rating of 15 F is pretty accurate in our experience, keeping us warm throughout nights dipping well below freezing. The size “Women's Regular” is much longer than the stated 68” length (5’ 6"); our 5’ 11" tester was able to fit into it comfortably and it is on the roomy side in general for a “mummy” bag. It is a little heavy to be lugging on long backpacking trips, but we’d take it out for weekend jaunts. There's nothing wrong with this bag, but it also doesn't wow us.

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Pros Comfortable, warm, roomyComfortable, lightweight, excellent materials, not constrictingComfortable and warmLight and compressible synthetic, keeps you warm when wetComfortable, inexpensive, recycled materials
Cons Heavy, bulkyComforter sometimes does not stay tucked inNot light, hood draw cords hard to use, large for a women's sleeping bagBulkier packed size, heavier, small fitHeavy, bulky
Bottom Line This middle-of-the-pack sleeping bag is comfortable, warm, and fine or short backpacking trips and car camping excursionsA great, high-quality choice at a relatively low price for those looking for a lightweight bag that doesn't sacrifice comfortA favorite of many trail ladies out there, the Angel Fire earns high marks across the board and would be an excellent addition to any backpacker's kitAn inexpensive and versatile synthetic bag, this is an excellent choice for breaking into backpackingThis well priced synthetic bag is a great choice for your car camping needs
Rating Categories Mountain Hardwear B... Sierra Designs Clou... Marmot Angel Fire The North Face Cat'... Marmot Trestles Eli...
Warmth (25%)
8.0
5.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
Weight (25%)
6.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
Comfort (20%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
Packed Size (15%)
7.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Features (15%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Specs Mountain Hardwear B... Sierra Designs Clou... Marmot Angel Fire The North Face Cat'... Marmot Trestles Eli...
ISO/EN Comfort Rating (F) 15 F 26 F 30.4 F 22 F 20 F
Fill Type 650-fill-power down PFC-Free DriDown Duck down Heatseeker™ Guide synthetic insulation HL-ElixR synthetic fibers
Measured Weight (in lbs) 2.5 llb 1.7 lb 2.5 lb 2.5 lb 2.8 lb
Total Weight (oz) 39.7 oz 27.4 oz 39.8 oz 40.2 oz 44 oz
Fill Power 650 800 650 Synthetic Synthetic
Women specific features Additional insulation More insulation per square inch than men's version Women's Specific Fit - more Insulation in Key Areas Women's specific cut Women's specific fit
Fill Weight (oz) Unspecified 14.8 oz 23.5 oz Unspecified Unspecified
Material 20D Ripstop Nylon 15d nylon risptop 30d 100% Nylon DWR 1.18 oz/yd | 30d 100% Nylon Ripstop DWR 1.5 oz/yd 20D Nylon Ripstop/taffeta 20-denier recycled ripstop polyester
Neck Baffle Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Pocket Yes No Yes - Internal Stash Pocket and Heater Pocket in Footbox No Yes
Sleeping Pad Sleeve No Yes No No No
Zipper Length 66 in N/A 63 in & 13 in 59 in 53/15"
Shoulder Girth 60 in 59 in 57 in 58 in 58 in
Hip Girth 50 in 58 in 58 in 58 in 58 in
Foot Girth 40 in 39 in 46 in 40 in 45 in
Stuff Sack included? Stuff sack and storage bag included Stuff sack and storage bag included Stuff sack and storage bag included Compression sack and storage bag included Stuff sack and storage bag included

Our Analysis and Test Results

This roomy and warm bag kept us cozy on cool fall nights. It’s on the heavy side for extended trips but short weekend excursions or car camping are this bag’s sweet spot.

Performance Comparison


The Bishop Pass is a good choice for weekend jaunts into the...
The Bishop Pass is a good choice for weekend jaunts into the mountains.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Warmth


The Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass is a pretty warm and cozy bag. Its EN Comfort rating is 15 F. We had this bag out in freezing temperatures and it kept us very warm. The Bishop Pass has a slightly roomier mummy fit, which means there is more space inside. Roominess is a bonus for comfort; however, it means it’s not as warm. When there is extra space inside your bag it takes your body more effort to heat up that “dead” air. This bag does have a cozy neck baffle to stop any warm air from escaping through your neck hole, as well as a baffle along the zipper to keep drafts out, helping to keep you warm. It also has a cozy hood you can cinch down to keep the heat in.

The Bishop Pass has a cozy hood that you can cinch down to keep warm...
The Bishop Pass has a cozy hood that you can cinch down to keep warm air in.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Weight


Weighing in at 2.5 pounds, the Bishop Pass is in the middle of the pack in terms of weight. For a regular backpacking bag, we wish it was lighter. It has low quality, 650 fill power down that contributes to its weight, where bags with higher fill power will be just as warm with much lighter down fill. The Bishop Pass shell materials are not very lightweight either, but they are less delicate than others. The price and sturdier shell fabric make us less fearful of treating this bag rough.

Comfort


This is where the Bishop Pass shines. It is a roomy and comfortable bag. As we mentioned above, Mountain Hardwear calls this shape the “Performance Plus Mummy cut” allowing for more comfort than a traditional mummy bag so you can move around more freely. We think the liner material is soft and cozy.

The Bishop Pass has a roomier "mummy" fit than standard mummy bags...
The Bishop Pass has a roomier "mummy" fit than standard mummy bags that adds to its comfort.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Packed Size


The Bishop Pass comes with a regular stuff sack, not a compression sack. It packs down relatively small and would go even smaller if a compression sack was used. Because of its low-quality 650 fill down, it is less compressible than other, higher quality products overall.

The Bishop Pass comes with a regular stuff sack, not a compression...
The Bishop Pass comes with a regular stuff sack, not a compression sack. It will compress much smaller than this if you get a compression sack.
Photo: Jessica Haist

Features


This bag has very few special features. We appreciate its anti-snag zipper pull. There is a nice internal stash pocket that has no zipper, which we like. Otherwise, we appreciate the simple, streamlined design of this bag.

We like the Bishop Pass' cozy neck and zipper baffles as well as the...
We like the Bishop Pass' cozy neck and zipper baffles as well as the included interior pocket (which was hard to find at first!).
Photo: Jessica Haist

Value


The Bishop Pass is a decent value for what you get, and its price point is right in line with other bags of similar quality. If you’re looking for a bag for long carries and can save up an extra $100, we’d recommend holding out for a step up in quality that will pack smaller and save those ounces on your back.

This comfortable bag has plenty of room for lounging and reading...
This comfortable bag has plenty of room for lounging and reading your book.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Conclusion


A decent, all-around bag, the Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass will keep you warm and comfortable on cool mountain nights. We wish it was a little lighter and smaller. This would be a good choice for short backpacking trips or any car camping adventure.

Jessica Haist

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