Inexpensive, massive, synthetic, and rectangle describes the Teton Sports Celsius XXL 0, which is complete with a few nice features not found on most competitors. A draft collar helps seal in the warmth in cold weather and the synthetic lining is a soft, brushed polyester. It's also the only rectangular bag we tested that also has a hood — that's adjustable to boot. Unfortunately, the zipper does not extend along the foot of the bag, meaning it cannot be opened flat into a large blanket.
TETON Sports Celsius XXL 0 Review
Cons: Doesn't unzip into a blanket, poor quality construction, hand wash only, machine washing voids warranty
Manufacturer: Teton Sports
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TETON Sports Celsius XXL 0
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|Pros||Roomy, comfortable, soft synthetic lining, small hood for warmth, water resistant||Very warm, well-crafted, tons of features, soft and cozy, adjusts well to different temperature ranges||Durable design, completely zipperless, lots of practical features, seemed warmer than 35-degree rating||Massive/luxurious bag, several unique features, hearty zipper, exceptionally warm, removable cotton liner, convenient zip-on tote bag||True all-purpose bag, rare-to-find down-filled rectangle bag, warm, lightweight|
|Cons||Doesn't unzip into a blanket, poor quality construction, hand wash only, machine washing voids warranty||Grabby liner, may be confining to larger body types||Narrow design may not fit two larger bodies, extra effort to get into its stuff sack||Expensive, not water-resistant, cream-colored interior prone to stains, very large packed size||More expensive than synthetic bags, problematic when water-soaked|
|Bottom Line||The Celsius's massive size, mixed with its red and black colors, make it appealing at first site, but the overall design and quality have room for improvement.||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.||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.||Down-filled and rectangular: This is a rare bag.|
|Rating Categories||TETON Sports Celsius XXL 0||TETON Sports Polara 3-in-1||Frontcountry Bed 35 Duo||Slumberjack Country Squire 0||Kelty Galactic 30|
|Packed Size (15%)|
|Specs||TETON Sports...||TETON Sports...||Frontcountry Bed...||Slumberjack...||Kelty Galactic 30|
|Temp Rating (F)||0 degrees||0 degrees||35 degrees||0 degrees||30 degrees|
|Measured Weight (lbs)||7.1 lbs||8.3 lbs||8.2 lbs||12.2 lbs||2.3 lbs|
|Draft Tube||Full length||Full length||Full length||Full length||Full length|
|Shell Material||Taffeta||Taffeta||50d polyester ripstop||12 oz. Cotton Duck||50D Downproof Polyester Taffeta|
|Lining Material||100% Brushed Poly Flannel||Inner bag: 100% Brushed Poly Flannel
Outer bag: PolarLite Fleece
|68d polyester taffeta||Poly-Cotton||50D Downproof Polyester Taffeta|
|Insulation||SuperLoft Elite 4-Channel Hollow Fiber||SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber||Synthetic||Slumberloft Synthetic Insulation||600 Fill Dridown|
|Measured Size L x W||90" X 39"||82" X 36"||87" X 50 "||84" X 42"||73" X 32"|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We feel the Celsius provided excellent warmth down to about 20-25 degrees. The soft lining is not flannel but is nice next to bare skin. This bag has unique features that contribute to its warmth. It has both a draft tube to back the zipper and a neck collar that can be adjusted to reduce airflow from the top of the bag. In addition, this bag has a sort of minimal hood feature which can also be adjusted tighter to secure a pillow or surround the user's head. With two layers of synthetic insulation - the upper one is sewn to the nylon taffeta shell fabric, and the inner one is sewn to the brushed poly flannel lining — this bag uses all the tricks to stop drafts.
The XXL version we tested is a generous 90 inches long (including the hood) and 36 inches wide. That's a lot of room for one person, but the bag is a few inches narrower than the most comfortable bags we tested. We enjoyed the feel of the brushed polyester lining.
Our one disappointment is that the zipper on this bag does not extend along the foot box, which prevents the user from unzipping the bag fully to act as a blanket. Overall, the bag's sheer size gave it a solid score here, landing it in good company: the Teton Sports Polara 3-in-1 and the Slumberjack Country Squire 0.
The soft lining and draft collar are this bag's most notable features. Two large webbing loops sewn into the foot of the bag near the corners provide for easy hanging. The zipper closure flap secures on itself to hide the prickly Velcro. A tape backing for the zipper gave our testers snag-free operation, a plus for this product. We were also impressed with the bag's water-resistant shell, and equally impressed with Teton Sport's limited lifetime warranty. However, we were disappointed with the manufacturer's cleaning instructions, which specify hand washing only and laying flat to dry. The instructions also specifically state not to tumble dry, and that machine washing voids the warranty. We feel this is a negative. The Celsius scored low in this metric. Its performance was topped by that of the Teton Polara Sports 3-in-1, Slumberjack Country Squire 0, The North Face Dolomite 20, Kelty Callisto, and REI Siesta.
This sleeping bag comes with one of the best stuff sacks of the bunch. It has compression straps similar to backpacking sacks, which also conveniently double as a carrying handles. The Celsius XXL is right in the middle of the bunch in packed size, and you could really cinch it down with the compression straps if space is at a premium. Weighing in at 7 lbs 8 ounces, it's fairly heavy and does not pack down as well as the The North Face Dolomite 20.
This is a great, dedicated car camping bag, especially for folks that want a large, rectangular bag that doesn't include cotton fabrics. With all synthetic materials, this bag is better suited to extended camping when it might get wet. Unfortunately is doesn't unzip to make a blanket, limiting its use for picnics or around the house use.
The Celsius XXL lists at $56, and warmth and comfort contributed to a high overall score. These three create an above-average value when comparing what you're paying to what you're getting.
If you want a comfortable rectangular bag with all synthetic materials, the Celsius XXL is a great choice. All synthetic materials are more appropriate for car camping in rainy places, and the Celsius XXL will dry much quicker than bags with cotton shell or liners. The Celsius' draft collar and shallow hood are unique features for a rectangular bag.
— Jason Wanlass