Mountain Hardwear Rook - Women's Review
Cons: Low quality down fill, heavy
Manufacturer: Mountain Hardwear
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Mountain Hardwear Rook - Women's
|Price||$209.96 at Backcountry||$414.00 at Feathered Friends||$548.95 at Backcountry||$399.95 at Backcountry|
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|Pros||Comfortable, warm, decent price||High-quality down, warm, lightweight||High-quality down, warm and lofty, light, a top tier product||Lightweight, compressible, comfortable||Comfortable, lightweight, excellent materials, not constricting|
|Cons||Low quality down fill, heavy||Sizing not for everyone, fabric is a bit noisy||Expensive||Expensive, not particularly warm||Comforter sometimes does not stay tucked in|
|Bottom Line||An all-around fine sleeping bag that covers the bases well without excelling in any given area||The highest three-season performance of any model in our bunch||The premium product comes at a premium price, but is very high performing||A great choice for fast and light adventures, the Neutrino is comfortable and compressible||A well-priced, comfortable alternative to a mummy bag that keeps weight low on long backpacking trips|
|Rating Categories||Rook||Egret UL 20||Sea to Summit Flame 15||Rab Neutrino 400 - Women's||Cloud 800|
|Packed Size (15%)|
|Specs||Rook||Egret UL 20||Sea to Summit...||Rab Neutrino 400 -...||Cloud 800|
|EN Comfort Rating (F)||15 F||20 F (not EN rated)||15 F||21 F||26 F|
|Fill Type||650-fill down||Goose down||Goose down||Goose down||PFC-Free DriDown|
|Measured Weight (in lbs)||2.6 lb||1.7 lb||2.0 lb||1.7 lb||1.7 lb|
|Total Weight (oz)||41.5 oz||27.5 oz||31.2 oz||27.2 oz||27.4 oz|
|Women specific features||Additional insulation||Extra fill in footbox and chest||Women's specific fit - more insulation in key areas||Women's specific fit||More insulation per square inch than men's version|
|Fill Weight (oz)||25 oz||17.3 oz (medium)||22.9 oz||14.1oz||14.8 oz|
|Material||30D Nylon Plain Weave||Pertex Endurance UL||Ultralight 10D Nylon Shell||Pertex Quantum||15d nylon risptop|
|Sleeping Pad Sleeve||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Shoulder Girth||58 in||54 in||60 in||60 in||59 in|
|Hip Girth||52 in||56 in||58 in||56 in||58 in|
|Foot Girth||40 in||38 in||40 in||38 in||39 in|
|Stuff Sack included?||Compression sack and storage bag included||Stuff sack and storage bag included||Compression stuff sack and storage bag included||Stuff sack and storage bag included||Stuff sack and storage bag included|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Rook rolls into our review with pretty average, middle of the pack scores. We think it's a decent choice for short to medium length three-season backpacking trips.
This bag is EN comfort rated at 15 degrees Fahrenheit. From our testing, the Rook does feel warm and cozy on cool nights. It is a more roomy mummy shape than others we've tested, so there is the potential for it to not be quite as warm as other, snugger fitting bags since there's more room for cold air to live. We do like the lofty hood insulation and drawstring around the hood to cinch the opening closed for extra warmth.
Weighing in at 2.6 pounds, the Rook is not the heaviest bag in the bunch, but it is by far not the lightest either. We attribute this to its low quality, 650 fill power down which takes much more filling to accomplish the same amount of warmth as less of a higher 800+ fill would. This results in a heavier, less compressible bag overall. The Rook comes with an included compression sack, which itself weighs 4.4 ounces. If you want to save a few ounces, consider purchasing a lighter weight compression sack.
Standard comfort for a middle of the road bag. The shell materials don't feel as soft as other higher-end bags, and its 650 fill down isn't as cozy and lofty as other, 800+ fill bags we've tested. The fit of the bag is a standard mummy, lots of room in the feet, snugger around the hips with a nice fitting hood. Folks who feel claustrophobic in a slimmer fitting mummy will find that the Rook has a little more wiggle room.
We were pleasantly surprised by how compressible the Rook is. This bag is way more compressible than the included compression sack gives it credit for and could be compressed much smaller than you're able to with the included one. You could purchase a smaller and lighter compression sack for this bag that would enable it to pack down much smaller.
The Rook is a relatively simple sleeping bag. It does come with a nice anti-snag zipper pull, there is no included pocket and does not have many bells and whistles - which is ok. We prefer bags with simple designs that don't have over-complicated features to add weight.
The Rook is a decent value product. It's right on par with other competitors of similar quality and weight. If you can find it on sale, even better! We like that it comes with its own mesh storage bag as well as an included compression sack.
The women's Mountain Hardwear Rook is a decent middle of the road product that could be a good choice for someone looking for a quality down bag, but can't drop the cash for a top of the line one. We think it is warm and comfortable, but wish it was slightly lighter. We like its simple design and how compressible it is. We'd recommend purchasing a lighter and smaller compression sack to make it an even smaller package in your pack.
— Jessica Haist