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NEMO Disco 15 - Women's Review

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
NEMO Disco 15 - Women's
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Price:  $300 List | $224.89 at REI
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Pros:  Comfortable, leg room for people who want to bend their knees inside the bag
Cons:  Heavy, not as warm as rated, not all features are useful
Manufacturer:   NEMO
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 3, 2022
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#13 of 17
  • Warmth - 25% 8.0
  • Weight - 25% 4.0
  • Comfort - 20% 8.0
  • Packed Size - 15% 6.0
  • Features - 15% 7.0

Our Verdict

The Nemo Disco has a lot of bells and whistles, some of which we found more appealing than others. Its most defining feature is its “Spoon” shape that gives sleepers extra room in the elbows and knees. This does make it a very comfortable bag, especially for folks who feel claustrophobic in a “mummy” shaped bag, and want to move their legs around inside the bag. However, we think all the extra space inside the Disco means the bag is not as warm as its advertised 17 degree F rating and should only be used in temperatures down to around freezing. The Disco is one of the heaviest bags in our review, and we’d recommend taking it only on short backpacking trips.

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Pros Comfortable, leg room for people who want to bend their knees inside the bagComfortable, lightweight, excellent materials, not constrictingLight and compressible synthetic, keeps you warm when wetComfortable and warmComfortable, inexpensive, recycled materials
Cons Heavy, not as warm as rated, not all features are usefulComforter sometimes does not stay tucked inBulkier packed size, heavier, small fitNot light, hood draw cords hard to use, large for a women's sleeping bagHeavy, 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 tripsA great, high-quality choice at a relatively low price for those looking for a lightweight bag that doesn't sacrifice comfortAn inexpensive and versatile synthetic bag, this is an excellent choice for breaking into backpackingA favorite of many trail ladies out there, the Angel Fire earns high marks across the board and would be an excellent addition to any backpacker's kitThis well priced synthetic bag is a great choice for your car camping needs
Rating Categories NEMO Disco 15 - Wom... Sierra Designs Clou... The North Face Cat'... Marmot Angel Fire Marmot Trestles Eli...
Warmth (25%)
8.0
5.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
Weight (25%)
4.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
Comfort (20%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
Packed Size (15%)
6.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
5.0
Features (15%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Specs NEMO Disco 15 - Wom... Sierra Designs Clou... The North Face Cat'... Marmot Angel Fire Marmot Trestles Eli...
ISO/EN Comfort Rating 17 F 26 F 22 F 30.4 F 20 F
Fill Type 650-fill-power down PFC-Free DriDown Heatseeker™ Guide synthetic insulation Duck down HL-ElixR synthetic fibers
Measured Weight 3.3 lbs. 1.7 lbs. 2.5 lbs. 2.5 lbs. 2.8 lbs.
Total Weight 53.0 oz. 27.4 oz. 40.2 oz. 39.8 oz. 44.0 oz.
Fill Power 650 800 Synthetic 650 Synthetic
Women specific features Women's specific fit More insulation per square inch than men's version Women's specific cut Women's Specific Fit - more Insulation in key areas Women's specific fit
Fill Weight 29.0 oz. 14.8 oz. Unspecified 23.5 oz. Unspecified
Material 30D nylon ripstop 15d nylon risptop 20D Nylon Ripstop/taffeta 30d 100% Nylon DWR 1.18 oz/yd | 30d 100% Nylon Ripstop DWR 1.5 oz/yd 20-denier recycled ripstop polyester
Neck Baffle No No Yes Yes Yes
Pocket No No No Yes - Internal Stash Pocket and Heater Pocket in Footbox Yes
Sleeping Pad Sleeve No Yes No No No
Zipper Length 53 in N/A 59 in 63 in & 13 in 53/15 in
Shoulder Girth 62 in 59 in 58 in 57 in 58 in
Hip Girth 58 in 58 in 58 in 58 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 Compression 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.

Performance Comparison


The Nemo Disco is a good choice for car camping or short backpacking...
The Nemo Disco is a good choice for car camping or short backpacking trips.
Credit: Jessica Haist

Warmth


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.

The Disco 15's name is a bit confusing. It has an EN comfort rating...
The Disco 15's name is a bit confusing. It has an EN comfort rating of 17F. We don't think it's as warm as advertised and would only bring out in temperatures down to around freezing.
Credit: Jessica Haist

Weight


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


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.

We don't think the Thermo Gills are very effective at venting heat...
We don't think the Thermo Gills are very effective at venting heat when open and did not notice any difference in temperature when they were open or closed.
Credit: Jessica Haist

Packed Size


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.

We are disappointed in the Disco's packed size — it doesn't...
We are disappointed in the Disco's packed size — it doesn't compress down as small as most other down products we tested.
Credit: Jessica Haist

Features


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.

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Value


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.

We like the Disco's anti-snag zipper pull.
We like the Disco's anti-snag zipper pull.
Credit: Jessica Haist

Conclusion


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.

Jessica Haist
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