The world's most in-depth and scientific reviews of outdoor gear

Kelty Tru.Comfort 20 Doublewide Review

This is a great option for snuggling, and is smaller and weighs less than two bags.
The Kelty Tru.Comfort 20 Doublewide
Top Pick Award
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Price:  $180 List | $179.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Lighter and more compact than two bags, packs up easily, customizable warmth levels
Cons:  Extra blanket feature may be annoying to some
Manufacturer:   Kelty
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 7, 2018
  • Share this article:
76
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#5 of 13
  • Warmth - 35% 8
  • Comfort - 25% 8
  • Features - 25% 8
  • Packed Size - 15% 5

Our Verdict

ATTENTION SNUGGLERS: The days of zipping two bags together may be waning. The Kelty Tru.Comfort 20 Doublewide offers the option of one massive bag and the ability to customize it to your personal warmth preference. This bag's features are meant to eliminate the problem of one person being too cold while the other is too hot. How well does it accomplish the task? We asked ourselves and others this same question and came up with some solid answers. One thing we immediately questioned was the price tag. Is buying one big bag for the same price of buying two worth it? If you're always going to zip the two together, we think yes.

If you'd rather stick with tradition, and zip two bags together, the Editors' Choice Wenzel Grande or luxurious Country Squire are great options. Two TETON Sports Polara 3-in-1s can also zip together and may offer even more configuration options than the Tru.Comfort.


Compare to Similar Products

Our Analysis and Test Results

We were very interested and a little skeptical when we first took the Tru.Comfort out of the box. Zipping two sleeping bags together isn't that hard, so why one big bag? In the end, we were more pleased than discouraged.

Performance Comparison


Three brother's in a row proves a point: This bag is large and comfortable.
Three brother's in a row proves a point: This bag is large and comfortable.

Warmth


We gave the Tru.Comfort decent scores for warmth. Its Cloudloft Insulation is thick and airy and traps heat well. We spent a few nights in this bags — some alone, some with a companion — and felt its 20-degree rating held up well against nighttime temps in the mid-30s.

We liked the bag's layering options. It can be challenging to find the right temperature for two people. The Tru.Comfort makes a valiant attempt to curb this problem with a large U-shaped zipper and built-in blankets for both sleepers.

Layers  including two separate  built-in blankets  give sleepers many individual options for warmth.
Layers, including two separate, built-in blankets, give sleepers many individual options for warmth.

The zipper allows users to fold back their half of the bag's top layer. The zipper is on the top of the bag, so when you peel the top layer back, the side edge of the bag is still intact. The zipper does not dip into the foot box, making sure that feet and toes to remain covered. We feel this is a top-notch feature.

Additionally, permanently attached side blankets allow each user to quickly add or subtract an extra layer while within the bag. We like the idea of this feature, but the blanket tends to slip off our shoulders during the night. This became more than just an annoyance when temps were dropping, and we needed the blanket for warmth. Overall, the extra blanket works, but the internal blanket features of the TETON Sports Polara 3-in-1 work better.


We also slept in it alone to see if our warmth ratings would change. They did a little. Larger spaces require more body heat to maintain the same amount of warmth. We did feel more cold spots and measured a slight decrease in the warmth when sleeping solo.

The bag's large hood allows campers to tuck their pillows securely in place. The camper in the middle didn't take advantage and was looking for his pillow during the night.
The bag's large hood allows campers to tuck their pillows securely in place. The camper in the middle didn't take advantage and was looking for his pillow during the night.

Comfort


Measuring 60 inches across, the width of a queen-sized bed, the Tru.Comfort scored well in our comfort tests. Our results showed the bag has a decent amount of natural padding.


Additionally, it's Poly Taffeta lining is very silky and comfortable. Even with two people, the bag is spacious enough to shift around at night without bothering our bunk buddy. Another feature is the bag's generous, tailored hood, which effectively holds pillows in place through the night. This is great. Nothing's worse than trying to find an escaping rogue pillow in the middle of the night.

Double the width doesn't equate to double the heat.
Double the width doesn't equate to double the heat.

Features


Many of the Tru.Comfort's top features contribute to its warmth and comfort, so we already mentioned them above. First, the effective U-shaped zipper system. Second, the built-in extra blanket. Third, the ample and effective hood that keeps wandering pillows at bay. Additionally, we like the option of completely unzipping and removing the entire top layer of the bag for warmer weather.

The bag's zipper system doesn't allow it to fold completely like a blanket. It's a small drawback  but this bag wasn't intended to be exactly like other bags.
The bag's zipper system doesn't allow it to fold completely like a blanket. It's a small drawback, but this bag wasn't intended to be exactly like other bags.

Overall, a lot of thought went into this bag's creation. As far as complaints, we have a big one and a smaller one. Big: The built-in blankets could be wider and made from a separate material, like flannel or synthetic fleece that doesn't slip of shoulders in the middle of the night. Small: The zipper design prevents the bag from unfolding entirely and being used as a blanket.


Packed Sized


It's a double bag, what did you expect? This bag packs large. However, we were quite surprised and impressed that Tru.Comfort's packed size was not that much larger than some of the largest single bags we tested. This is a result of thinner and silkier lining and shell fabrics, which is great for packing up, but not so great for snagging on a tree branch.


Best Applications


This bag's warm but lightweight (8.8-pound) design, make it fairly portable. It's perfect for car or RV camping trips. It will work well in tents (two-man or larger), trailers, buses, fifth-wheels or any place else you want to hit the hay, provided there's enough space for a queen-sized bed.

Good for everything from backyards to campgrounds  the Tru.Comfort is large enough  light enough  warm enough and packs small enough to take just about anywhere.
Good for everything from backyards to campgrounds, the Tru.Comfort is large enough, light enough, warm enough and packs small enough to take just about anywhere.

Value


If you zipped two Wenzel Grandes together, they would measure 76 wide. The Tru.Comfort has a 60-inch width. Buying two bags also comes with the advantage of having two individual bags when needed. The price tag for two Wenzel Grandes would come in at about $180, the same price as the Tru.Comfort. This isn't to say the Tru.Comfort is without its merits. It's much lighter and packs much smaller than two Wenzel Grandes. It also has far more layering options and many more unique features.

In the end, we feel the Tru.Comfort has value for campers looking to save space, time and weight, as well as campers who merely like the idea of one bag instead of two.

Conclusion


Overall we gave this bag high scores for warmth, comfort, and features. It is, without question, well designed with many clever conveniences. The bag has a niche. Many people like the idea of grabbing one large, lighter, ready-made bag, more than fumbling around to zip two bags together. The Tru.Comfort gives campers the ability to pack or unpack one self-contained double sleeping system in seconds. For some, this is very appealing at any price point. For more practical shoppers, zipping two bags together is more cost-effective.


Jason Wanlass