The Laminina Z Flame 21 is a part of Mountain Hardwear's revamped line of sleeping bags that gives women shoppers some budget options. This synthetic bag comes in a soft and comfortable material. It kept us warm on High Sierra summer nights but is not the most compressible or lightweight for backpacking. This bag could be a good choice for someone going on short backpacking trips, particularly in wet climates where having a synthetic bag is an advantage. Unfortunately, it is a step down in quality, weight, and compressibility from the UltraLaminina that we have tested in previous years.
Mountain Hardwear Laminina Z Flame 21 Review
Cons: Heavy and bulky
Manufacturer: Mountain Hardwear
Our Analysis and Test Results
The women's Laminina Z Flame can keep you toasty warm on summer nights in the high country and is a good pick for climates where you know the chances of getting soggy are high, like in the Pacific Northwest.
The last synthetic bag we tested from Mountain Hardwear was the super high-quality women's UltraLaminina. When comparing the Laminina Z Flame to its predecessor, it is a step-down, and we noticed it was not as lofty or warm. That being said, it keeps us warm on summer nights in the alpine and seems to keep drafts out with its draft collar and warm hood. Mountain Hardwear has added extra insulation to the foot box of this bag, so our extremities stay toasty warm. The bag's draft collar seems to be in a strange place, much lower than where our necks are, sitting around our tester's shoulders — making it ineffective to keep drafts out from around our neck unless we scooted way down in the bag (but then our faces are covered up).
All of the synthetic bags we tested in this review have a disadvantage in this category because they are all on the heavy side. The Laminina is no exception; weighing in at a hefty 55 ounces, it is on the heavy end of the spectrum compared to other models reviewed. As a result, it's not a top choice for lightweight travel.
We like the Laminina Z Flame's soft liner material against our skin. The "comfort mummy fit" was a comfortable fit for someone under 5'8"; then it becomes a little snug (we recommend going with a size long).
We like the bag's articulated foot box, which allowed our taller testers feet to lay comfortably flat and not stay pointed. Overall, great comfort and fit for a good night's sleep.
This contender does not compress as well as a down sleeping bag. It does come with a compression sack, which does a decent job of compressing the bag to a manageable size, but nowhere near its predecessor's the Ultralaminina's size. It's a great option if space isn't of a concern.
The Laminina Z Flame has a small exterior stash pocket for storing items that might be useful in the night time, like your headlamp.
The yellow liner color is nice because you won't lose your sock in a black hole at the bottom of the bag; however, the yellow color shows dirt very easily - it is too light and looks gross pretty quickly.
If you are planning a trip to a wet climate where you are afraid your bag might be getting wet, a synthetic bag like the Laminina Z Flame could be a good choice, as synthetic insulation will retain its loft when wet. For this reason, big wall climbers may reach for the Laminina Z. Otherwise, it is a heavy and bulky choice.
The Laminina Z Flame is a good value at $179.
The unfortunate trend that we've been seeing is that manufacturers are cutting the high-end women's' bags out of their product lines and only providing budget options for women. This is the case with Mountain Hardwear's synthetic bags. The Laminina Z Flame is a decent synthetic bag for a screaming deal, but we wish the UltraLaminina was still an option for those of us looking for something lighter and more compressible.
— Jessica Haist