NEMO Disco 15 - Women's Review
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NEMO Disco 15 - Women's
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|Pros||Comfortable, leg room for people who want to bend their knees inside the bag||Comfortable, lightweight, excellent materials, not constricting||Comfortable, warm, roomy||Comfortable and warm||Comfortable, inexpensive, recycled materials|
|Cons||Heavy, not as warm as rated, not all features are useful||Comforter sometimes does not stay tucked in||Heavy, bulky||Not light, hood draw cords hard to use, large for a women's sleeping bag||Heavy, bulky|
|Bottom Line||This comfortable bag is also one of the heaviest bags we tested and we would only bring it on short backpacking or car camping trips||A great, high-quality choice at a relatively low price for those looking for a lightweight bag that doesn't sacrifice comfort||This middle-of-the-pack sleeping bag is comfortable, warm, and fine or short backpacking trips and car camping excursions||This bag earns high marks for comfort and is a decent backpacking choice, but has added 4 ounces it the most recent iteration||This well priced synthetic bag is a great choice for your car camping needs|
|Rating Categories||NEMO Disco 15 - Wom...||Sierra Designs Clou...||Mountain Hardwear B...||Marmot Angel Fire||Marmot Trestles Eli...|
|Packed Size (15%)|
|Specs||NEMO Disco 15 - Wom...||Sierra Designs Clou...||Mountain Hardwear B...||Marmot Angel Fire||Marmot Trestles Eli...|
|ISO/EN Comfort Rating||17 F||26 F||15 F||27 F||20 F|
|Fill Type||650-fill-power down||PFC-Free DriDown||650-fill-power down||Duck down||HL-ElixR synthetic fibers|
|Measured Weight||3.3 lbs||1.7 lbs||2.5 lbs||2.7 lbs||2.8 lbs|
|Total Weight||53.0 oz||27.4 oz||39.7 oz||43.6 oz||44.0 oz|
|Women specific features||Women's specific fit||More insulation per square inch than men's version||Additional insulation||Women's Specific Fit - more Insulation in Key Areas||Women's specific fit|
|Fill Weight||29.0 oz||14.8 oz||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified|
|Material||30D nylon ripstop||15d nylon risptop||20D Ripstop Nylon||20D 100% nylon mini ripstop, 30D 100% nylon, DWR finish||20-denier recycled ripstop polyester|
|No||No||Yes||Yes - Internal Stash Pocket and Heater Pocket in Footbox||Yes|
|Sleeping Pad Sleeve||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Zipper Length||58 in||N/A||66 in||63 in & 13 in||53/15 in|
|Shoulder Girth||62 in||59 in||60 in||56 in||58 in|
|Hip Girth||58 in||58 in||50 in||56 in||58 in|
|Foot Girth||60 in||39 in||40 in||46 in||45 in|
|Stuff Sack included?||Compression 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 and storage bag included|
Our Analysis and Test Results
This feature-packed bag is a good choice for folks who want to move their legs around freely, but the extra room and features come with a cost of less warmth and more weight.
The Disco is a somewhat warm sleeping bag, with a few caveats. It is a lofty bag and is EN Comfort rated to 17 Degrees Fahrenheit, but we would not bring it out in temperatures that low. We tested it in the desert down to 40 degrees and were very comfortable. The detractor to the Disco’s warmth is that it’s so roomy there’s a lot more air to heat up inside the bag when it’s cold. We didn’t notice much of a temperature difference when the “Thermo Gills” were open or closed. It may make a difference when the camper is in more extreme heat or cold.
Weighing in at 3.3 pounds, the Disco is one of the heaviest bags in this review, whether it’s down or synthetic fill. We are very disappointed in its weight since it is a down bag, which is meant to be lighter. We think all its features like the “Blanket Fold” and extra zippers on the “Thermo Gills” add weight, but we don’t think they’re worth those extra ounces. The Disco also has low quality, 650 fill power down, which is heavier than a higher fill power for the same amount of warmth.
Comfort is this product’s main draw for many folks. This bag does have lots of room to move around, bring your knees up and even cross your legs if you’re sitting up. If this is the main priority for you in a sleeping bag the Disco could be a winner. We’d score it higher on comfort if we didn’t wake up in the night with the “Blanket Fold” over our faces.
The Nemo Disco is around average packed size for a lower-end, 650 fill power down bag. It’s larger than we would want to take with us on an extended backcountry trip. It does come with a compression sack which is helpful for getting it smaller.
The Disco is a feature-packed bag, but some of our testers don’t find most of them very useful. Just because a bag has a lot of features, doesn’t mean it’s going to score high in this area. We like the pillow pocket where you can stuff some extra layers and have a simple pillow. We also like the snag-proof zipper pull and the little stash pocket for storing small items like a headlamp or earplugs.
However, the Thermo Gills don’t seem very effective for temperature regulation, and the “Blanket Fold” takes some effort to tuck in. Some of our testers loved this feature, but others found that if it's not properly tucked in, it ends up flapping in your face, leaving you feeling smothered. We’d prefer a regular collar or baffle feature around our necks.
The Disco is right in the middle of price points for down bags, not quite as expensive as the high-end models, but not priced as a value model either. We think it’s on the expensive side and would choose a down bag that weighs less and packs smaller that is around the same price.
The main draw of the Nemo Disco is its wide shape for side sleepers or folks who don’t like their legs confined as in a mummy bag. This does increase the bag’s comfort but detracts from its scores in many other areas including weight, warmth, and packed size. We think the Disco could do with a few fewer features to slim down its weight as it’s one of the heaviest bags in this review.
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