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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|Pros||Comfortable, inexpensive||Comfortable, lightweight, excellent materials, not constricting||Comfortable and warm||Light and compressible synthetic, keeps you warm when wet||Comfortable, inexpensive, recycled materials|
|Cons||Bulky and heavy||Comforter sometimes does not stay tucked in||Not light, hood draw cords hard to use, large for a women's sleeping bag||Bulkier packed size, heavier, small fit||Heavy, bulky|
|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||A great, high-quality choice at a relatively low price for those looking for a lightweight bag that doesn't sacrifice comfort||A 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 kit||An inexpensive and versatile synthetic bag, this is an excellent choice for breaking into backpacking||This well priced synthetic bag is a great choice for your car camping needs|
|Rating Categories||NEMO Forte 20 - Wom...||Sierra Designs Clou...||Marmot Angel Fire||The North Face Cat'...||Marmot Trestles Eli...|
|Packed Size (15%)|
|Specs||NEMO Forte 20 - Wom...||Sierra Designs Clou...||Marmot Angel Fire||The North Face Cat'...||Marmot Trestles Eli...|
|ISO/EN Comfort Rating (F)||20 F||26 F||30.4 F||22 F||20 F|
|Fill Type||Primaloft Rise, 80% post-consumer reycled||PFC-Free DriDown||Duck down||Heatseeker™ Guide synthetic insulation||HL-ElixR synthetic fibers|
|Measured Weight (in lbs)||3.4 lb||1.7 lb||2.5 lb||2.5 lb||2.8 lb|
|Total Weight (oz)||54 oz||27.4 oz||39.8 oz||40.2 oz||44 oz|
|Women specific features||Extra room at knees||More insulation per square inch than men's version||Women's Specific Fit - more Insulation in Key Areas||Women's specific cut||Women's specific fit|
|Fill Weight (oz)||38 oz||14.8 oz||23.5 oz||Unspecified||Unspecified|
|Material||30D nylon ripstop||15d nylon risptop||30d 100% Nylon DWR 1.18 oz/yd | 30d 100% Nylon Ripstop DWR 1.5 oz/yd||20D Nylon Ripstop/taffeta||20-denier recycled ripstop polyester|
|Yes||No||Yes - Internal Stash Pocket and Heater Pocket in Footbox||No||Yes|
|Sleeping Pad Sleeve||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Zipper Length||53 in||N/A||63 in & 13 in||59 in||53/15"|
|Shoulder Girth||62 in||59 in||57 in||58 in||58 in|
|Hip Girth||58 in||58 in||58 in||58 in||58 in|
|Foot Girth||60 in||39 in||46 in||40 in||45 in|
|Stuff Sack included?||Compression sack and storage bag included||Stuff sack and storage bag included||Stuff sack and storage bag included||Compression 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