Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass 15 - Women's Review
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Mountain Hardwear Bishop Pass 15 - Women's
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|Bottom Line||A good sleeping bag that fights off cold weather well, though it doesn't pack as well as more expensive models||A well-priced, comfortable alternative to a mummy bag that keeps weight low on long backpacking trips||This bag is a popular choice for a good value, down-insulated backpacking sleeping bag||Too heavy and bulky for backpacking but a great choice for car camping comfort||A fair price for a beginners' backpacking model, this bag keeps costs low but also has a significant weight penalty|
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|Packed Size (15%)|
|Specs||Mountain Hardwear B...||Sierra Designs Clou...||Marmot Angel Fire||Marmot Trestles Eli...||Kelty Cosmic 20 - W...|
|ISO/EN Comfort Rating||15 F||26 F||27 F||20 F||25 F|
|Fill Type||650-fill-power down||PFC-Free DriDown||Duck down||HL-ElixR synthetic fibers||550-fill duck down|
|Measured Weight||2.5 lbs||1.7 lbs||2.7 lbs||2.8 lbs||3.4 lbs|
|Total Weight||39.7 oz||27.4 oz||43.6 oz||44.0 oz||54.0 oz|
|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 fit||Increased foot room|
|Fill Weight||Unspecified||14.8 oz||Unspecified||Unspecified||20.7 oz|
|Material||20D Ripstop Nylon||15d nylon risptop||20D 100% nylon mini ripstop, 30D 100% nylon, DWR finish||20-denier recycled ripstop polyester||20D 400T nylon, PFC-free C0 DWR finish|
|Yes||No||Yes - Internal Stash Pocket and Heater Pocket in Footbox||Yes||Yes|
|Sleeping Pad Sleeve||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Zipper Length||66 in||N/A||63 in & 13 in||53/15 in||59 in|
|Shoulder Girth||60 in||59 in||56 in||58 in||58 in|
|Hip Girth||50 in||58 in||56 in||58 in||52 in|
|Foot Girth||40 in||39 in||46 in||45 in||40 in|
|Stuff Sack included?||Stuff sack and storage bag included||Stuff sack and storage bag included||Stuff sack and storage bag included||Stuff sack and storage bag included||Stuff sack only|
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 car camping or reasonably short backpacking trips.