The Heratio 15 is one of Mountain Hardwear's offerings for the (somewhat) budget shopper. It's a decent down bag that could be a good choice for a woman venturing into longer backpacks in cooler, three season temperatures. We took it out during the late Spring and pushed its temperature limits. The result? We think its 15-degree rating is a little ambitious. While it provides warmth, we didn't feel it when we subjected ourselves to super toe-numbing conditions. As a result, we'd recommend it for cooler to warm weather, but not the coldest temperatures you can conceive of camping in. Overall, this bag is simple and light and a great option for backpacking. The materials are decent, but we wish for higher quality options and a little more warmth overall.
Mountain Hardwear Heratio 15 Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Warm, comfortable, lighter than a synthetic bag
Cons: Low quality 650 down fill
Manufacturer: Mountain Hardwear
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Average all the way around, the Heratio is a decent option when considering a sleeping bag for a backpacking trip.
The Heratio's EN rating is 15 degrees, making it a cold-rated bag…perfect for cooler weather. We took it out during late Spring conditions and spent a few nights camped on snow (with a foam pad and Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Women's sleeping pad). Temperatures got down to the low 20's but never as cold as 15, and we felt cold…so we are skeptical of this rating. We think that a higher quality 700 or 800 fill down would help in its construction. A draft collar would make this bag warmer when the temperature dips down. Overall, while it rated to keep you warm in super cold weather, we are a little skeptical. Our recommendation is to use it when temps hover just around freezing.
The Heratio weighs in at an unimpressive 40 ounces. We think again this could be helped with a higher down fill count and lighter shell materials. Overall, not the lightest nor the heaviest contender out there. it would still suffice on a short overnight backpacking trip or while hanging out around a camp fire next to the car. But leave it when you're seeking something ultralight.
The Heratio has a "comfort mummy" cut that is tailored specifically for women. We found it comfortable and like the gradual taper from shoulders to feet. The hood fits well; overall, the Heratio fits our 5'5" testers like a roomy glove.
Like most down sleeping bags, this model packs down quite small. It doesn't come with a compression sack which would help get it even smaller. It fits nicely for a backpacking kit, making it a good overnight option.
Mountain Hardwear provides a mesh storage bag — which we thought could be larger since the down was still being partially compressed when it was in the storage sack. This makes us feel like they were cutting corners. Otherwise, the Heratio has few bells and whistles in this department, which this is fine by us; the fewer features, the less weight!
This bag is a good choice for backpacking trips from late spring through early fall and could be a step up from your old synthetic bag.
The Heratio offers an okay value for $260, but not the best. There are higher quality bags in this review for around the same price.
We understand that Mountain Hardwear is offering women a more accessible down sleeping bag at a reasonable price, and we think the Heratio is an all-around decent sleeping bag. However, we wish they still made a high-quality sleeping bag like the discontinued Phantasia (for women).
— Jessica Haist