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TETON Sports Polara 3-in-1 Review

This bag is warm, soft, and has lots of features and configuration options.
The TETON Sports Polara 3-in-1
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Price:  $128 List
Pros:  Very warm, well-crafted, tons of features, soft and cozy, adjusts well to different temperature ranges
Cons:  Grabby liner, may be confining to larger body types
Manufacturer:   TETON Sports
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 8, 2019
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  • Warmth - 35% 8
  • Comfort - 25% 9
  • Features - 25% 8
  • Packed Size - 15% 5

Our Verdict

As versatile as your favorite, highly skilled handyman, the Teton Sports Polara 3-in-1 can do just about everything when it comes to sleeping systems — all while keeping you toasty warm. This bag boasts a bring-your-lunch-pail-to-work kind of design, which hands-down earns it one of two Editors' Choice Awards we handed out this year. This bag's rugged exterior combined with a soft, interior lining, creates a dynamic duo of layers that together can easily guard you against chilly mountain air. The bag is also versatile enough to adjust to several different temperatures. The Polara 3-in-1 has the tools needed for a camper's every sleeping situation.


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Pros Very warm, well-crafted, tons of features, soft and cozy, adjusts well to different temperature rangesMassive/luxurious bag, several unique features, hearty zipper, exceptionally warm, removable cotton liner, convenient zip-on tote bagDurable design, completely zipperless, lots of practical features, seemed warmer than 35-degree ratingVersatile layering system, extremely warm and comfortableCompact mummy design, warm, comfy, well-crafted
Cons Grabby liner, may be confining to larger body typesExpensive, not water-resistant, cream-colored interior prone to stains, very large packed sizeNarrow design may not fit two larger bodies, extra effort to get into its stuff sackLess water-resistant, bulky, fabric is a little grabbyMore expensive, doesn't unzip completely, less versatile than general purpose bags
Bottom Line This bag is warm, soft, and has lots of features and configuration options.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 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.Design and fabric choice allow this bag to be and lighter than traditional car-camping bags and perform just as well.
Rating Categories TETON Sports Polara 3-in-1 Slumberjack Country Squire 0 Frontcountry Bed 35 Duo All-Weather Multi-Layer Homestead Bed 20
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Specs TETON Sports... Slumberjack... Frontcountry Bed... All-Weather... Homestead Bed 20
Temp Rating (F) 0 degrees 0 degrees 35 degrees 0 degrees 20 degrees
Measured Weight (lbs) 8.3 lbs 12.2 lbs 8.2 lbs 10.1 lbs 7.4 lbs
Style Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Rectangular Semi-rectangular
Draft Tube Full length Full length Full length Full length Full length
Neck Baffle Yes No No No Yes
Shell Material Taffeta 12 oz. Cotton Duck 50D polyester ripstop Brushed polyester 75D cire polyester taffeta
Lining Material Inner bag: 100% Brushed Poly Flannel
Outer bag: PolarLite Fleece
Poly-Cotton 68D polyester taffeta Brushed polyester 50D cire polyester
Insulation SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber Slumberloft Synthetic Insulation Synthetic Polyester Heatseeker Eco (synthetic)
Measured Size L x W 82" X 36" 84" X 42" 87" X 50 " 76" X 34" 85" X 32"
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime 5-year Lifetime

Our Analysis and Test Results

Even the most casual observer can see the thoughtful care and effort that went into designing and constructing the Teton Sports Polara 3-in-1. First of all, it's large and roomy. Secondly, it's well-crafted, with a design that we feel will stand up to years of use. And finally, it's warm and chocked full of features that allow campers to customize the bag to their personal sleeping preferences. The biggest difference between this bag and our other Editors' Choice Award Winner is it's smaller and it's comprised of all synthetic materials, which are a little lighter, cheaper and simply less luxurious. However, it's just as warm and has a more reasonable price tag.

Performance Comparison


A great bag for kids  teens or adults. Perfect for camping  backyard sleep-outs  Fall hunting trips and more. In short: This bag is very versatile.
A great bag for kids, teens or adults. Perfect for camping, backyard sleep-outs, Fall hunting trips and more. In short: This bag is very versatile.

Warmth


Boasting a layering system on par with your favorite ski jacket, warmth can be individualized with this bag. Its integrated design allows it to adapt to many types of users. If temps are warmer than expected, simply unzip and remove the toasty fleece liner and sleep in the just the main bag. Still too warm? Grab the removed liner and zip it together to create your own fleece bivy. (We then suggest sleeping on top of the main bag for added comfort and padding). You can even leave the fleece unzipped to be used more like a blanket. For colder mountain temps, zip the liner back in place, anchor it with the bag's interior Velcro tabs — and voila — you're ready for some of the coldest air Mother Nature can blow into your camp.


We tested this bag thoroughly and placed it squarely among the top three of the warmest bags we've studied. It held its own in mountain temperatures near freezing with an interior temperature measurement of 83 degrees. (While spending the night in the bag, we took interior temperature readings with a laser thermometer to see how well it held in our body heat). Additionally, this bag would be excellent for cold weather, late Fall or early Winter camping above 0-degrees. It would be ideal for hunters who are headed out for a long week in the cooler Fall temperatures.

This bag is tough enough and warm enough to want to drag it across camp and enjoy its quilt-like warmth and comfort while lounging about on a cool alpine morning.
This bag is tough enough and warm enough to want to drag it across camp and enjoy its quilt-like warmth and comfort while lounging about on a cool alpine morning.

Comfort


Stuffed to the hilt with SuperLoft Eliteā„¢ Hollow Fiber, we found the Polara 3-in-1 to be quite thick and cushy. It's tough taffeta exterior, thick insulation, and soft PolarLiteā„¢ Fleece liner create a sleep system that some campers may find comfortable enough to use without a sleeping pad or camper bed. This bag is excellent for a wide variety of users, from young children to teens, young adults, and adults. The only area of limited use would be for campers who are tall or larger-bodied. This bag could seem too narrow or confining due to the nature of the fleece liner.


We flopped the bag down on a hard-packed, gravel, campground roads and climbed inside for 10 minutes to feel firsthand just how much natural padding the bag actually had. It goes without saying that we were quite impressed. The bag received one of our highest scores for its natural padding.

Speaking of comfort, our testing and overall use of the bag did discover one potentially negative aspect of the fleece liner: It tends to grab onto other fabrics like underwear, nightshirts, long-johns and socks. Although providing a very noticeable increase in warmth when attached as an added layer, the fleece liner is less accommodating to movement when compared to polyester, poly-cotton or flannel. The grabby nature of the Polara's fleece liner created a more constrictive space for our taller or larger-bodied testers. Some users felt overly cocooned or knotted by the fabric, even a little claustrophobic at times.

We really like the removable fleece liner for its ability to serve as a blanket or a stand-alone lightweight bag. But  when added to the main bag  the liner's fabric grabbed at clothing to some extent.
We really like the removable fleece liner for its ability to serve as a blanket or a stand-alone lightweight bag. But, when added to the main bag, the liner's fabric grabbed at clothing to some extent.

Features


Based on our tests, this bag ranked higher in the features area than any bag we looked at, scoring very high in nearly all the areas we judged. Some of the features we like are the bag's limited lifetime warranty, zipper quality, Velcro zipper closure, and water-resistant shell. The one area that received our lowest mark is the bag's ease of cleaning rating. Tags on the bag require the bag to be hand-washed and placed flat to air dry. The manufacturer specifically states that if the bag is washed any other way, the warranty will be voided. With any large sleeping bag, ease of cleaning is an important feature. We feel the bag's washing directions are a drawback.


Overall, we still feel a lot of extra time and thought went into the design of this bag. Our favorite feature is the bag's removable liner. The liner zips securely into the bag, but when removed, it can use the same zipper system to zip itself closed, forming a thin fleece bag nearly the same size as the main sleeping bag. This is an excellent feature that allows campers to sleep comfortably in warmer weather. The manufacturer does not specify any washing directions for the liner; however, we feel even washing the liner by hand still provides a quicker and more simple alternative for cleaning. Instead of washing and drying the entire bag, simply wash the liner separately for an easy way to freshen up the whole bag with very little effort.

Our favorite feature was the zip-out fleece liner. It has its own zippered storage pocket and the liner also zips closed to act as its own lightweight bag. The zip-out liner also makes freshening up the bag easier by giving the user the convenience and choice of only washing the liner.
Our favorite feature was the zip-out fleece liner. It has its own zippered storage pocket and the liner also zips closed to act as its own lightweight bag. The zip-out liner also makes freshening up the bag easier by giving the user the convenience and choice of only washing the liner.

The Polara has two storage pockets, one on the liner and one inside the main bag, so regardless the combination of the sleep system you choose, you will always have a place to store keys or a cell phone. It also has a thick adjustable shoulder baffle to more effectively trap heat inside the bag. And finally, the Polara 3-in-1 sports a very thick, full-length draft tube that runs the entirety of the bag's zipper, to help block chilly nighttime air from creeping in on your backside or pinky toes.

Adjustable hood and shoulder baffles  combined with a thick  full-length draft tube  keeps sneaky cool air from finding its way through small holes in zippers or open areas around your neck. Allowing the bag to trap more body heat. End result: A happy camper.
Adjustable hood and shoulder baffles, combined with a thick, full-length draft tube, keeps sneaky cool air from finding its way through small holes in zippers or open areas around your neck. Allowing the bag to trap more body heat. End result: A happy camper.

Packed Size


While not the smallest packed size on the market, it's also not the largest. For the quality, warmth, comfort, and features this bag provides, we feel it packs up relatively well, all with a stuff sack that has compression straps to condense the packed size a little more. Overall, we don't feel the compression straps are necessary, and although a nice feature, they really don't reduce the size all that much. Additionally, we feel a little more than average effort is required to stuff the bag into its storage bag. If we had our way, we would have the manufacturer make the stuff sack just a little bit larger.


Great for just about any camping situation  this bag offers many levels of warmth and comfort.
Great for just about any camping situation, this bag offers many levels of warmth and comfort.

Value


Based on our testing and overall use of this bag, we feel its price tag is about right on the mark. Its overall quality and design demand a more than an average price. After using the bag for more than a month, we feel you will get what you pay for and more.

Overall  we feel this bag stacked up well against its  competition.
Overall, we feel this bag stacked up well against its competition.

Conclusion


We are incredibly impressed with the thoughtfulness of the bag's design and features. After years and testing and dozens of bags, we can honestly say the Polara 3-in-1 is one of our all-time favorites.


Jason Wanlass