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Kelty Tru.Comfort 20 Doublewide Review

This is a great option for snuggling, and is smaller and weighs less than two bags.
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Price:  $180 List | $175.99 at Amazon
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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  ⋅  Nov 8, 2019
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  • Warmth - 35% 7
  • 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.

Color Updates

Kelty updated the color options for the Tru.Comfort this year, but noted that none of the design elements of the bag have been amended. See a current color option in the image above.

March 2019


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Pros Lighter and more compact than two bags, packs up easily, customizable warmth levelsMassive/luxurious bag, several unique features, hearty zipper, exceptionally warm, removable cotton liner, convenient zip-on tote bagVery warm, well-crafted, tons of features, soft and cozy, adjusts well to different temperature rangesDurable design, completely zipperless, lots of practical features, seemed warmer than 35-degree ratingVersatile layering system, extremely warm and comfortable
Cons Extra blanket feature may be annoying to someExpensive, not water-resistant, cream-colored interior prone to stains, very large packed sizeGrabby liner, may be confining to larger body typesNarrow design may not fit two larger bodies, extra effort to get into its stuff sackLess water-resistant, bulky, fabric is a little grabby
Bottom Line This is a great option for snuggling, and is smaller and weighs less than two bags.If you're willing to shell out the bucks, this bag will not disappoint; it's pure luxury - almost like sleeping in your own bed.This bag is warm, soft, and has lots of features and configuration options.This bag has no zippers, tons of features, and could fool you into thinking you were in your own bed.This bag has more layering options than any bag we've studied, offering many options for a large temperature range.
Rating Categories Tru.Comfort 20 Doublewide Slumberjack Country Squire 0 TETON Sports Polara 3-in-1 Frontcountry Bed 35 Duo All-Weather Multi-Layer
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Specs Tru.Comfort 20... Slumberjack... TETON Sports... Frontcountry Bed... All-Weather...
Temp Rating (F) 20 degrees 0 degrees 0 degrees 35 degrees 0 degrees
Measured Weight (lbs) 8.8 lbs 12.2 lbs 8.3 lbs 8.2 lbs 10.1 lbs
Style 2-person Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular
Draft Tube None Full length Full length Full length Full length
Neck Baffle No No Yes No No
Shell Material 75D 210T High Filament Poly Taffeta 12 oz. Cotton Duck Taffeta 50D polyester ripstop Brushed polyester
Lining Material 75D 210T Poly Taffeta Poly-Cotton Inner bag: 100% Brushed Poly Flannel
Outer bag: PolarLite Fleece
68D polyester taffeta Brushed polyester
Insulation Cloudloft Insulation Slumberloft Synthetic Insulation SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber Synthetic Polyester
Measured Size L x W 90" X 60" 84" X 42" 82" X 36" 87" X 50 " 76" X 34"
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime 5-year

Our Analysis and Test Results

This bag's perfect for car or RV camping trips. It will work well in tents (two-man or larger), trailers, or any place else you want to hit the hay, provided there's enough space for a queen-sized bed. 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 brothers in a row prove a point: this bag is large and comfortable.
Three brothers in a row prove 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 bag — 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 partner. 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, it's roughly the same dimension of some single bags. 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.


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


We feel the Tru.Comfort has value for campers looking to save space, time, and weight, as well as camping partners 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. For some, this is very appealing at any price point.


Jason Wanlass