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NEMO Rave 15 Review

This warm and comfortable bag has lots of features but it is on the heavy and expensive side.
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Price:  $300 List | $254.99 at Backcountry
Pros:  Warm, comfortable, lots of features
Cons:  Heavy, expensive
Manufacturer:   NEMO
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 29, 2019
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  • Warmth - 25% 8
  • Weight - 25% 5
  • Comfort - 20% 8
  • Packed Size - 15% 6
  • Features - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The Nemo Rave 15 is a comfortable, feature-filled product. We like its soft liner materials and lofty down filling. It kept us warm on cool nights, and the "spoon" shaped design is roomy for side and stomach sleepers who feel constricted in a traditional "mummy" bag. We are disappointed with how much this bag weighs for a down-filled bag, and think it is on the expensive side for what it is.

We would take the Rave on short backpacking trips in cool climates, but would not recommend it for longer self-supported trips due to its weight. It's a comfortable option for car campers, especially for side sleepers.

Updated Color

The Rave now comes in the Jade/Sea Glass color combo shown above, but the technical features of the bag remain the same as the turquoise and pink version we tested.

Spring 2019


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Pros Warm, comfortable, lots of featuresHigh-quality down, warm, lightweightHigh-quality down, warm and lofty, light, a top tier productComfortable, lightweight, excellent materials, not constrictingLightweight, compressible, comfortable
Cons Heavy, expensiveSizing not for everyone, fabric is a bit noisyVery expensiveComforter sometimes does not stay tucked inExpensive, not particularly warm
Bottom Line This warm and comfortable bag has lots of features but it is on the heavy and expensive side.This high-end bag will keep you warm and comfortable from Spring to Fall in all conditions.The Flame is a new, high-quality backpacking sleeping bag at a high price.A great, high-quality choice at a relatively low price for those looking for a lightweight bag that doesn't sacrifice comfort.This lightweight sleeping bag is a great choice for alpine climbing or fast and light adventures.
Rating Categories NEMO Rave 15 Egret UL 20 Sea to Summit Flame 15 Cloud 800 Rab Neutrino 400 - Women's
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Specs NEMO Rave 15 Egret UL 20 Sea to Summit... Cloud 800 Rab Neutrino 400 -...
EN Comfort Rating (F) 15.4 20 F (not EN rated) 15 F 26 F 21
Fill Type Down with Nikwax Goose down Duck Down PFC-Free DriDown Ethically sourced European Goose down
Total Weight (lb.) 3 lb 1.72 lb 1.95 lb 1.7 lb 1.7 lb
Total Weight (oz) 48 oz 27.5 oz 31.2 oz 27.4 oz 27.2 oz
Women specific features 210 grams more down fill for same temp rating as men's Extra fill in footbox and chest Women's specific fit - more insulation in key areas More insulation per square inch than men's version Women's specific fit
Fill Power 650 950+ 850+ 800 800
Fill Weight (oz) 30 oz 17.3 oz (medium) 22.9 oz 14.8 oz 14.1oz
Material Ripstop nylon (30D) Pertex Endurance UL Ultralight 10D Nylon Shell 15d nylon risptop Pertex Quantum
Neck Baffle Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Pocket Yes No No No Yes
Sleeping Pad Sleeve No No No Yes No
Zipper Length 58" 62" 56" N/A 62"
Shoulder Girth 62 in 54 in 60 in 59 in 60 in
Hip Girth 58 in 56 in 58 in 58 in 56 in
Foot Girth 56 in Knee girth 38 in 40 in 39 in 38 in
Stuff Sack 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 Stuff sack and storage bag included

Our Analysis and Test Results

Although we can't exactly give it rave reviews in all metrics, the Rave is very comfortable, warm, and chock full of features. We gave it high marks in the comfort, warmth and features department because it is jam-packed in all those metrics; however, it lost points for weight and packed size.

Performance Comparison


Author Jessica Haist settling in for the night in the NEMO Rave.
Author Jessica Haist settling in for the night in the NEMO Rave.

Warmth


The Rave is a cozy, lofty down bag. It has 18 ounces of 650 down fill. It is EN rated to 15.4 F. We don't think that it would be comfortable down to this temperature but would probably keep us warm down to 25 degrees or so.

Wrestling with the NEMO Rave's "smother flap".
Wrestling with the NEMO Rave's "smother flap".

The problem with Rave's "spoon" shape design is that it's super roomy, which is great for comfort but allows for "dead air" to hang around. The dead air cools and keeps the body cooler. The Rave has a "blanket fold" instead of a traditional baffle to minimize warm air from escaping through the neck hole and can be pulled out for better venting. However, we find that the blanket fold is more like a "smother flap" and often we woke up with it flapping in our faces - instead of remaining tucked in or folded back.

Weight


The Rave weighs in at 48 ounces, which is quite heavy for a down filled bag. Usually one of the main advantages of a down bag is they are lighter weight, which is not the case for the Rave, which is one of the heaviest bags in this review.

Comfort


It seems like NEMO's main focus is in the comfort department. The Rave is a comfortable bag, with the "spoon" shape for ease of movement, soft liner materials and other features meant to enhance the comfort of this bag…and it works.

The NEMO Rave comes with a stuff sack but can be compressed down much smaller than seen here if necessary.
The NEMO Rave comes with a stuff sack but can be compressed down much smaller than seen here if necessary.

Packed Size


The stuff sack that the Rave comes with is not exceptionally small. However, if you have a smaller stuff sack or compression sack, the Rave will get smaller than its current stuff sack. Because of the extra features like the "Thermo Gills," this bag will not pack down as small as some others.

You can vent the Rave by opening these "gills". We're not sure how effective they are  but they look interesting.
You can vent the Rave by opening these "gills". We're not sure how effective they are, but they look interesting.

Features


The Rave has lots of features and you can be the judge of if they're valuable or not. We tend towards the no-frills high-quality material, lightweight bags that earn top marks in this review, but if you're looking for extra bells and whistles, the Rave has them all.


We've already mentioned the interesting "blanket fold" that replaces a neck baffle. If you want more venting without getting a draft, NEMO has introduced "Thermo Gills," strange zippered vents you can open without exposing the inside of the bag to drafts from outside. Our favorite feature is the pillow sleeve. It's convenient to stuff some clothes in there and have an instant pillow.

The NEMO Rave has a small stash pocket on the outside that is hard to see when zipped up.
The NEMO Rave has a small stash pocket on the outside that is hard to see when zipped up.

We like NEMO Rave's pillow sleeve.
We like NEMO Rave's pillow sleeve.

Value


We don't think that the Rave is a great value for its price. It's expensive and doesn't offer the same performance features as other less expensive options.

The NEMO Rave with its "Blanket Fold" out.
The NEMO Rave with its "Blanket Fold" out.

Conclusion


The Nemo Rave 15 is a comfortable bag that comes with lots of bells and whistles. If you're looking for a warm product that has lots of room for your legs, this may be it. However, we think you'll find better value elsewhere, as there are lighter and cheaper options in this review.


Jessica Haist