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ALPS OutdoorZ Redwood Review

The cotton canvas shell and flannel liner stuffed with synthetic insulation give this bag a soft, weighted, and cozy warm feel
ALPS OutdoorZ Redwood
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Editors' Choice Award
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Price:  $230 List | $144.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Warm, large, rugged, comfortable, built to last
Cons:  Large packed size, heavier than many bags, not water-resistant
Manufacturer:   ALPS OutdoorZ
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 14, 2020
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  • Warmth - 35% 9
  • Comfort - 30% 9
  • Features - 25% 7
  • Packed Size - 10% 3

Our Verdict

At first glance, the ALPS OutdoorZ Redwood is the kind of sleeping bag you just know you're going to love. It's natural cotton fabrics and Techloft Insulation are soft, warm, weighty, and rugged, giving it an old school vibe that seems to say, "Just try to stay cold and uncomfortable, I dare you." The Redwood is well-crafted, over-sized, and super plush. It may just be the last camping bag you'll ever buy for car and backyard camping. If you're looking for a bag that will swallow you whole, last a decade, and is steeped in old-style tradition and quality, the Redwood certainly stands taller than the rest and may just be the bag for you.

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Pros Warm, large, rugged, comfortable, built to lastVery warm, well-crafted, tons of features, soft and cozy, adjusts well to different temperature rangesLighter and more compact than two bags, packs up easily, customizable warmth levelsTrue all-purpose bag, rare-to-find down-filled rectangle bag, warm, lightweightSurprisingly warm, inexpensive, interior pocket, patented zipper system reduces zipper snags
Cons Large packed size, heavier than many bags, not water-resistantGrabby liner, may be confining to larger body typesExtra blanket feature may be annoying to someMore expensive than synthetic bags, loses all insulation when wetSmall, catchy/scratchy interior lining
Bottom Line The cotton canvas shell and flannel liner stuffed with synthetic insulation give this bag a soft, weighted, and cozy warm feelThis bag is warm, soft, and has lots of features and configuration options to adapt to varying climatesThis is a great option for snuggling up with your partner in the outdoorsDown-filled and rectangular, this is a rare bag and we love itWarm, comfortable, and great for kids or adults, this bag's price tag makes camping outdoors an affordable affair
Rating Categories ALPS OutdoorZ Redwood TETON Sports Polara... Kelty Tru.Comfort 2... Kelty Galactic 30 Coleman Brazos
Warmth (35%)
9.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Comfort (30%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
Features (25%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Packed Size (10%)
3.0
5.0
5.0
9.0
7.0
Specs ALPS OutdoorZ Redwood TETON Sports Polara... Kelty Tru.Comfort 2... Kelty Galactic 30 Coleman Brazos
Temp Rating (F) -10 degrees 0 degrees 20 degrees 30 degrees 20 degrees
Measured Weight (lbs) 11.7 lbs 8.3 lbs 8.8 lbs 2.1 lbs (long) 4.1 lbs
Style Rectangular Rectangular 2-person Rectangular Rectangular
Draft Tube Full length Full length None Full length Full length
Neck Baffle No Yes No No No
Shell Material Canvas Taffeta 75D 210T High Filament Poly Taffeta 50D Downproof Polyester Taffeta Polyester
Lining Material 100% cotton Inner bag: 100% Brushed Poly Flannel
Outer bag: PolarLite Fleece
75D 210T Poly Taffeta 50D Downproof Polyester Taffeta Tricot knit
Insulation TechLoft SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber Cloudloft Insulation 600 Fill Dridown Polyester
Measured Size L x W 38" x 80" 82" X 36" 90" X 60" 73" X 34" 75" X 33"
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime 5-Year

Our Analysis and Test Results

Cinched into place with three nylon buckled straps, the Redwood rolls up full-width, like an old bedroll you might see on the back of a pack horse. This distinct shape, combined with the bag's thick canvas exterior and over-stuffed design, resembles something an old cowboy might prop his head against while he lowers his hat and catches a snooze on the trail. Just looking at this bag made us want to use it. The only potential drawback we feel this bag has is its incredible warmth. While most adventurists will love the added warmth, those who camp in warmer climates, heated RVs or trailers may find the Redwood to be too warm.

Performance Comparison


The Redwood's over-sized packed size makes for a perfect head-prop...
The Redwood's over-sized packed size makes for a perfect head-prop for a snooze at camp.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Warmth


Our first hands-on overnight experience with the Redwood was on a chilly 25-degree night. When slipping into this bag, the first thought that came to mind was trust. The Redwood's thick, warm, and weighty design gives users an instant feeling of confidence that this bag will keep them safely warm through some of the chilliest nights.


Pre-dawn temperature drops were no match for the Redwood's supreme...
Pre-dawn temperature drops were no match for the Redwood's supreme warmth.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

We weren't surprised a bit with how the bag performed during our warmth tests. One of our tests involves using a laser thermometer to record interior warmth readings. As expected, the Redwood led the pack with some of the warmest readings we've ever seen in the last several years. Manufacturer warmth ratings are generally issued with the assumption users are wearing long underwear. We generally do to, but wearing a base layer in this model could easily get too warm unless temps are very cold.

Cotton flannel is not only super cozy, it does a great job of evenly...
Cotton flannel is not only super cozy, it does a great job of evenly dispersing both heat and cold, making for a very comfortable fabric with virtually no cold spots.
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Not only is this bag warm, but the natural cotton flannel liner is also much more temperate than silky synthetic materials used on other bags. This allows for an even fabric temperature with virtually no cold spots. While the majority of sleeping bags employ a single draft tube that runs the full length of the zipper, the Redwood comes with two, thick, full-length draft tubes placed on both sides of the zipper, which traps warm air and reduces heat loss.

The Redwood comes with two thick, full-length, insulated zipper...
The Redwood comes with two thick, full-length, insulated zipper draft tubes. This feature prevents heat loss through the zipper, which helps set the Redwood apart from the competition.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Additionally, this bag uses a two-layer, off-set stitching pattern that keeps its unique denier-based Techloft Insulation firmly in place and reduces heat loss. From hunting pack trips to a weekend at your favorite lake or campsite, when temps drop, this bag has your back.

Our testers enjoyed snuggling into the uber-comfortable cotton...
Our testers enjoyed snuggling into the uber-comfortable cotton flannel interior of the Redwood.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Comfort


There are several ways to define comfort, and the Redwood checks every box that exists. It's crammed to the hilt with Techloft Insulation, making it cushy enough to make a bed right on the ground if you had to. A super soft, cotton flannel interior boasts a traditional plaid print and is soft enough to fool you into thinking you were in your own bed.


Despite its heavier, over-sized design, we still found the Redwood...
Despite its heavier, over-sized design, we still found the Redwood to be a breeze to maneuver in.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

One of our favorite features is the Redwood's over-sized 38 X 80 rectangular design, which provides plenty of wiggle room without a lot of excess air space to heat. Finally, the cherry on top is this bag's heavy-duty cotton canvas exterior shell. Becoming rarer on today's market, this time-tested material adds a weighty component that gives this bag one of it's greatest X-factors.

We love the Redwood's exterior canvas shell. It's thick, rugged, and...
We love the Redwood's exterior canvas shell. It's thick, rugged, and soft.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

When you slip inside, the heavy canvas softly collapses down on you. It naturally tucks you in as it presses against your body, folding around every individual curve. Some bags on the market use polyester-based canvas materials that simply aren't as soft, heavy, comforting, or conforming.

The Redwood's natural earth tones go a long way toward minimizes...
The Redwood's natural earth tones go a long way toward minimizes grass stains and dirt. We loved how the bag easily rolls up and clips into place.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Features


Its basic old school design results in lower scores for the Redwood in our features category. We looked at several areas in our features test. From zipper function to warranty, we want to discover what each bag has to offer.


One of the drawbacks of the Redwood is its laundry requirements, which state hand-washing and line-drying or air-drying in a commercial dryer. Hand-washing a bag of this size will certainly be a task. Another drawback is its inherent lack of water-resistance. Unlike with synthetic materials, water-repellent spray treatments don't work as well on cotton.

Cotton canvas: Rugged, yes. Water-resistant, not so much.
Cotton canvas: Rugged, yes. Water-resistant, not so much.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Additionally, cotton tends to absorb and hold moisture. Although a rare occasion, if this bag were exposed to large amounts of water, it would act more like a sponge and would take a large amount of time to dry. On the positive side, the Redwood comes with a lifetime warranty, a hefty velcro zipper closure, a heavy-duty zipper, and a top drawstring to help keep warm air trapped during colder nights.

Three nylon straps easily fit around the bag and lock into place...
Three nylon straps easily fit around the bag and lock into place with heavy-duty clips, making breaking camp a cinch.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

At the risk of being on repeat, this bag's most outstanding features are its lush, cotton fabrics, over-stuffed design, exceptional craftsmanship, and off-set stitching. Many of these features are more felt than seen, but they greatly add to a very pleasant sleeping experience in the outdoors. A rugged canvas exterior and full-length zipper allow this bag to open up fully to become a perfect ground cover for a picnic in the park or outdoor concert.

Not just a sleeping bag, the Redwood unzips to become the perfect...
Not just a sleeping bag, the Redwood unzips to become the perfect ground covering. Great for picnics, star-gazing, concerts, lounging and more.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

It's natural earth-tone colors do a nice job of hiding grass stains or dirt. Additionally, zipping two Redwoods together creates one of the warmest, coziest double bags on the market. Finally, the Redwood's full-width roll and stow design is legit. It's simple, easy, and just looks the way a standout sleeping bag should.

Um...yeah. It's big. The Redwood has the largest packed size of all...
Um...yeah. It's big. The Redwood has the largest packed size of all the bags we've studied over eight years.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Packed Size


There's no ignoring the elephant in the room: The Redwood's packed size is huge. This beast rolls up full-width, ending in a tight 14-inch tall by 38-inch wide bundle. We think it's the largest packed size we ever seen. However, it's light enough that moving it from car to camp is still a non-issue. Campers with extremely limited car space or home storage may want to pass on this bag — but they probably won't.


This sleeping bag does not have a stuff sack. While that saves the common annoyance of trying to jam a huge sleeping bag into a small sack and is one less thing to lose, it also means that it isn't protected when being stored. An easy storing solution to keep dust (and maybe rodents) off your stored bag is to wrap it in a large garbage bag when not in use.

It's easy to move from car to camp. When combined with its supreme...
It's easy to move from car to camp. When combined with its supreme warmth, quality and comfort, this bag is worth every penny.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Value


The Redwood has a higher price tag than several other bags we tested, but we feel it's worth it for those seeking the best for car camping. It breezed through our warmth and comfort testing which account for the lion share of our scoring. In addition to its value on paper, this bag has an "it factor" that simply sets it apart. It's rugged, well-crafted, unique, and traditional.

Natural fabrics make this bag heavier, but it's still light enough...
Natural fabrics make this bag heavier, but it's still light enough to carry, position, or shake off some dust.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Conclusion


We love the ALPS OutdoorZ Redwood. Cotton flannel interior and a thick canvas exterior, mixed with modern polyester insulation, combine to make this bag a pleasure to sleep in, roll up, or lounge on. It may be too toasty for warmer climates or heated RVs. Otherwise it's perfect for outdoor camping adventures. Once you get your hands on one, we're sure you'll immediately understand why we gave it our Editors' Choice Award.

Jason Wanlass