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REI Co-op Siesta Hooded 25 Review

A full-sized hood makes this rectangle bag unique. It's loaded with extras but still reasonably price, resulting in a great option for general camping
REI Co-op Siesta Hooded 25
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Price:  $109 List | Check Price at REI
Pros:  Hood accommodates full-sized pillow, warm, lots of extra features, comfortable
Cons:  Larger packed size
Manufacturer:   REI Co-op
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 12, 2021
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#5 of 11
  • Warmth - 35% 7
  • Comfort - 30% 8
  • Features - 25% 8
  • Packed Size - 10% 5

Our Verdict

Past REI sleeping bags we've tested were thoughtful and well-made. The most recent iteration of the REI Co-op Siesta Hooded 25 is no different. It's a general-purpose camping bag that offers a variety of features, including a large rectangular hood. These options, combined with reasonable pricing, result in a good camping bag for the majority of cool to warm weather camping scenarios. There are other bags that are warmer, or have a more comfortable fabric, but if this model suits your temperature range needs, we wouldn't sway you away from it. It's a good sleeping bag.

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Pros Hood accommodates full-sized pillow, warm, lots of extra features, comfortableVery warm, well-crafted, tons of features, soft and cozy, adjusts well to different temperature rangesVersatile layering system, extremely warm and comfortableLarge, warm, lots of extra features, catchy lookSurprisingly warm, inexpensive, interior pocket, patented zipper system reduces zipper snags
Cons Larger packed sizeGrabby liner, may be confining to larger body typesLess water-resistant, bulky, fabric is a little grabbySynthetic flannel liner, doesn't have a full-length zipperSmall, catchy/scratchy interior lining
Bottom Line A full-sized hood makes this rectangle bag unique. It's loaded with extras but still reasonably price, resulting in a great option for general campingThis bag is warm, soft, and has lots of features and configuration options to adapt to varying climatesThis bag has more layering options than any bag we've studied, offering many options for a large temperature rangeIt's not as rugged as it looks in photos, but we still really like this bag and feel it is a good buyWarm, comfortable, and great for kids or adults, this bag's price tag makes camping outdoors an affordable affair
Rating Categories REI Co-op Siesta Ho... TETON Sports Polara... All-Weather Multi-L... TETON Sports Deer H... Coleman Brazos
Warmth (35%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Comfort (30%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
4.0
Features (25%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
Packed Size (10%)
5.0
5.0
4.0
3.0
7.0
Specs REI Co-op Siesta Ho... TETON Sports Polara... All-Weather Multi-L... TETON Sports Deer H... Coleman Brazos
Temp Rating (F) 25 degrees 0 degrees 0 degrees 0 degrees 20 degrees
Measured Weight (lbs) 5.7 lbs (long) 8.3 lbs 10.1 lbs 8.5 lbs 4.1 lbs
Style Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular
Draft Tube Full length Full length Full length Full length Full length
Neck Baffle yes Yes No Yes No
Shell Material Recycled polyester Taffeta Brushed polyester Canvas Polyester
Lining Material Recycled polyester Inner bag: 100% Brushed Poly Flannel
Outer bag: PolarLite Fleece
Brushed polyester 100% Brushed Poly Flannel Tricot knit
Insulation Synthetic SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber Polyester SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber Polyester
Measured Size L x W 76" X 32" 82" X 36" 76" X 34" 90" x 39" 75" X 33"
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime 5-year Lifetime 5-Year

Our Analysis and Test Results

We don't have a lot of negative critiques to offer on the Siesta Hooded Sleeping Bag. It covers all the bases — from quality draft tubes to offset-quilting construction — and covers them well. The one design feature that truly sets this bag apart is its generous rectangular hood. We like that it's large enough to fit regular bed pillows, giving the Siesta an added layer of home-away-from-home comfort.

Performance Comparison


This bag's generous hood does a great job at keep warm air in. It...
This bag's generous hood does a great job at keep warm air in. It can be cinched tight and it's also large enough to fit a regular bed pillow.
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Warmth


REI didn't just silkscreen a 25-degree label on the Siesta and call it good. The manufacturer added several key design features to ensure this bag performs as close to its warmth rating as possible. The first being its most recognizable feature, a massive hood. Most traditional sleeping bags are rectangular designs with an open top; however, this bag offers a spacious hood that matches the width of the bag. In addition to trapping warm air, it's large enough to fit your bed pillow from home. The hood also is equipped with a locking cinch cord to more effectively cover the top of the head when temperatures dip below freezing.

The Siesta has a thick, full-length, zipper baffle, which does a great job of stopping cool air from sneaking in through the zipper. This bag also boasts locking drawstrings that can cinch the shoulder baffles tightly against the neck, trapping even more heat inside. Lastly, the Siesta's off-set quilt design keeps body heat in and cooler air out. Whether running warmth tests or simply catching some shut-eye, we were always warm in the Siesta as long as temperatures didn't fall below 30-degrees F.

We loved the dual-sided zipper top, which allows users to fold down...
We loved the dual-sided zipper top, which allows users to fold down the covers, just like at home.
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Comfort


The Siesta's shell and lining check two big boxes with us: They are very comfortable and are Eco-friendly. Both are made from recycled polyester, which is soft and silky and pleasant to burrow into when the sun goes down. This bag feels wide and the nature of its materials, allow for easy tossing and turning through the night. We seldom woke up with the Siesta twisted around us. During our testing, we often took advantage of this bag's large rectangular hood by bringing our own pillow from home. The hood holds an average bed pillow in place perfectly, adding a whole new level of comfort and earning this pillow high scores in this metric.

The majority of REI bags we've tested through the years are very...
The majority of REI bags we've tested through the years are very thoughtful when it comes to features. Everything from internal pockets to shoulder baffles makes this Siesta a pleasure to sleep in.
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Features


As with many past REI bags we've examined, the Siesta offers a thoughtful mix of features that add to its convenience, comfort, and warmth. In particular, we like the reinforcing fabric guard that runs the full length of the zipper. We found it very effective at protecting the bag's softer shell from snags. The two-way zipper head also makes zipping a breeze, allowing the foot box to be opened independently to vent specific sections that are too warm. The zipper draft tube is thick and runs the full length of the zipper, preventing cool air from biting at toes and rear ends.

This simple strip of thicker fabric goes a long way at preventing...
This simple strip of thicker fabric goes a long way at preventing annoying zipper snags. Often, softer, silkier shell and liner fabrics are easy victims to fast-moving zippers. We never had that problem with the Siesta.
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Additionally, the bag has a dual zipper system. It boasts the luxury of a second, quarter-length side zip, which allows sleepers to fold down the top section of the bag, like real bedding. This is a nice feature that adds comfort. Lastly, it can easily be zipped to a second Siesta, creating a spacious, double-hooded, two-person bag. Of course, not all of the Siesta's features are zipper-related. As mentioned previously, we absolutely love its massive rectangular hood, which easily fits most pillows from home. It also has easy-to-use drawstrings, which separately cinch the shoulder baffle or hood. The Siesta also has a convenient internal storage pocket to stow a headlamp or phone, keeping their batteries warm at night.

The Siesta's packed size is definitely large. However, it's generous...
The Siesta's packed size is definitely large. However, it's generous stuff sack makes it a breeze to stow.
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Packed Size


The Siesta packs up easily but it packs up large, earning it lower scores in this area. We never had a problem stowing this bag into its stuff sack. The silky nature of its polyester shell allows the average person to easily stuff the Siesta into place with minimal effort. Once stowed, its packed size matches many of its peers, earning it middle of the round marks. This bag is solely for backyard campouts, car camping, or RVing.

The Siesta's swivel-headed zippers allow users to easily pivot the...
The Siesta's swivel-headed zippers allow users to easily pivot the zipper for outside or inside zipping. Everything about this bag is thoughtful quality.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Value


After assessing the quality and function of the Siesta, we find the price to be absolutely fair here. We love the thoughtful features as well as its comfort and warmth scores. For campers looking for a little more luxury for a decent price, the Siesta is well worth the cost.

Conclusion


The REI Co-op Siesta Hooded 25 is a slam dunk for tent sleeping, RVing, or a backyard camp out. Its all-encompassing design includes many features that effectively keep the warm air in and cold air out, making this a great three-season bag. Rarely do you see a full-size hood on a traditional, rectangle bag. This feature alone allows the Siesta to stand out from its peers.

The Siesta is a great three season bag. From Spring deserts to...
The Siesta is a great three season bag. From Spring deserts to colorful Fall canyons, this bag will keep you warm through the majority of evenings as long as temps don't dip much passed 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
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