NEMO Forte 20 - Women's Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Comfortable, inexpensive
Cons: Bulky and heavy
Manufacturer: NEMO Equipment
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NEMO Forte 20 - Women's
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|$439.00 at Feathered Friends||$549 List|
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|$570 List||$399.95 at Backcountry|
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|Pros||Comfortable, inexpensive||High-quality down, warm, lightweight||High-quality down, warm and lofty, light, a top tier product||Lightweight, warm, comfortable, versatile||Lightweight, compressible, comfortable|
|Cons||Bulky and heavy||Sizing not for everyone, fabric is a bit noisy||Expensive||High price tag||Expensive, not particularly warm|
|Bottom Line||This roomy bag is a great choice for car campers that run warm and are looking for a bag with venting capability and extra space||This high-end bag will keep you warm and comfortable from Spring to Fall in all conditions||A high-tech, high-quality backpacking sleeping bag with more roomy dimensions than most||This versatile, lightweight bag will keep you warm and comfortable on your extended backcountry forays||This lightweight sleeping bag is a great choice for alpine climbing or fast and light adventures|
|Rating Categories||NEMO Forte 20 - Women's||Egret UL 20||Sea to Summit Flame 15||Alpinlite||Rab Neutrino 400 - Women's|
|Packed Size (15%)|
|Specs||NEMO Forte 20 -...||Egret UL 20||Sea to Summit...||Alpinlite||Rab Neutrino 400 -...|
|ISO/EN Comfort Rating (F)||20 F||20 F (not EN rated)||15 F||20 F (not EN rated)||21 F|
|Fill Type||Primaloft Rise, 80% post-consumer reycled||Goose down||Goose down||850-fill down||Goose down|
|Measured Weight (in lbs)||3.4 lb||1.7 lb||2.0 lb||1.9 lb||1.7 lb|
|Total Weight (oz)||54 oz||27.5 oz||31.2 oz||29.6 oz||27.2 oz|
|Women specific features||Extra room at knees||Extra fill in footbox and chest||Women's specific fit - more insulation in key areas||This bag comes in a "Short" length, which is a standard women's size||Women's specific fit|
|Fill Weight (oz)||38 oz||17.3 oz (medium)||22.9 oz||17 oz||14.1oz|
|Material||30D nylon ripstop||Pertex Endurance UL||Ultralight 10D Nylon Shell||Nylon||Pertex Quantum|
|Sleeping Pad Sleeve||No||No||No||No||No|
|Zipper Length||53 in||62 in||56 in||65 in||62 in|
|Shoulder Girth||62 in||54 in||60 in||63 in||60 in|
|Hip Girth||58 in||56 in||58 in||56 in||56 in|
|Foot Girth||60 in||38 in||40 in||39 in||38 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 Forte is rated to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but we would not trust it to keep us warm in those temperatures. Because of its roomy cut, there is a lot of extra air that would need to be kept warm. Its synthetic insulation also doesn't seem as lofty as the other synthetic models we tested. We do like that most of the Forte's loft is on top side of the bag, with a thinner layer of fill underneath, since when you lay on insulation it compresses and becomes less effective anyway. We think you could be comfortable in this bag with a high R-value sleeping bag in temperatures around the high 30s.
This bag weighs in at a hefty 3.4 pounds and we would not recommend carrying it for long distances if you can help it. Typically synthetic bags weigh more, but there are lighter models in our selection. With all of the Forte's added features like the two additional zippers and the "blanket fold", we're not surprised how heavy this bag is.
This weight penalty really only matters to backpackers. Car campers shouldn't worry about weight and will appreciate the features that make the camping experience more comfortable, even if they add ounces.
The Forte's main focus is on comfort. It features Nemo's trademark "Spoon" shape while also being extra wide and a more rectangular shape. It has interesting "Thermo-Gills" that are designed to provide ventilation when things get too warm. Our testers tend to sleep on the colder side, so we never found these gills all that helpful. We think the Forte would be a good fit for someone who runs hot and wants extra room in their bags.
The women's regular length is plenty roomy for our 5'5" tester. The Forte's hood is so deep that when it's over our heads it comes down past our chin and feels almost claustrophobic. That combined with the "blanket fold" (neck baffle) we affectionately call the "smother-flap" that frequently comes untucked and ends up covering our face in the night, you could have a rude, suffocating awakening.
The Forte comes with a decent compression sack to squish it down quite small. However, it can't compete with any of the down products in this review and isn't as compressible as some of the other synthetic models we have tested.
We've alluded to all the Forte's features above, because this bag is feature-packed. The main standout feature is the two "Thermo-gills" that are meant as temperature regulators. We don't find these gills particularly useful or effective. We found it more effective to roll down the blanket-like top portion of the bag to release heat, or to unzip the side of the bag even further. There is an interior stash pocket, the "blanket fold" draft collar, and the trademark "Spoon-shape" that is meant for side sleepers. The size and shape of this bag means that if you're a smaller person you'll have a lot more space to heat up, but also more freedom for your legs, hips, and torso.
We think the Forte is a good value for a comfortable, highly featured bag that you can take on short backpacks, and is a great choice for car camping or trips where you won't have to carry it very far.
This feature-filled, comfortable synthetic bag could be a good choice for all your car camping needs. We think it will keep you warm in temperatures down to the high 30s and if you run warm has great potential for venting. The Nemo Forte 20 is not the best choice for backpacking because it is bulky and heavy.
— Jessica Haist