We found this bag best suited for nights in the 40's rather than near freezing weather. As with all rectangular bags, a warm hat and/or a hoody is necessary for cooler weather.
Wenzel rates the Conquest at 25 degrees, which we find overstates the warmth. Our testers tried the bag on frosty nights in the low 20's, but found that around 35 degrees is about its warmth limit. For most campers this won't be a serious drawback; just wear a baselayer and hat in the upper thirties and throw on a jacket if the temps drop close to freezing. If cold nights are your norm, the Wenzel Grande is a better cold weather bag. Why isn't the Conquest warmer? In part, because of the "sewn-through" construction, which means that the quilting pierces all layers (outer fabric, insulation, and liner fabric). This is the cheapest way to make a sleeping bag but it sacrifices warmth due to hot air escaping through the seams. We found this the most comfortable bag for nights in the 40s and 50s wearing minimal clothing.
The Conquest is the most comfortable big rectangular bag for warm weather. It measures 81 inches by 38 inches (plenty of space to sprawl about), has a poly/cotton blend flannel lining that's soft to the skin, and unzips into a full-size blanket. Our Editors' Choice winning bag, the Slumberjack Country Squire 0, is significantly more comfortable than the Conquest because it's larger, has more cushioning on the bottom, and has a removable cotton sheet. We docked the Conquest a point from its comfort score because, without a two-way zipper, you cannot ventilate it at the foot.
The soft, poly/cotton blend flannel lining feels great on the face, or your bare skin for warmer weather sleeping. Unfortunately, this model doesn't have a second zipper pull to ventilate the foot of the bag.
A big reason this bag can be priced so low is the lack of features. Sewn into the foot of the bag are two circular elastic straps to secure the bag after rolling it up. This is a cost saving measure compared to the strap and wrap system of the big brother Wenzel Grande. Most of the notable features built in the Grande are lacking here - this bag doesn't have hanging loops sewn into the foot for example. But most disappointingly, the zipper is a one-way zipper; there is no zipper pull to open the foot of the bag. The zipper does have a tape backing, providing snag free use for us. The large Velcro zipper closure flap works, but doesn't fold away onto itself.
The zipper closure strap doesn't fold away onto itself on this budget model.
The Conquest rolls up similar in size to the other large rectangular bags tested. Two low quality elastic straps (sewn to the bottom of the bag) do an OK job at preventing it from unrolling, but a better wrap and strap system would be nice and compress the bag more. Weighing in at 7 lbs, this model is the fourth bulkiest we tested when rolled, and the only one that is not in some way protected by a stuff sack or covered with a protective wrap.
Two simple elastic loops let you secure this bag after rolling it up. Basic, but functional.
We feel this is a good choice for budget conscious car campers who don't see many nights below 40. The Conquest is also great for sleeping over and crashing with your friends. A great picnic blanket when unzipped, it makes a nice medium weight comforter for use in the house.
The Conquest offers decent value at its bargain price. It is not nearly as warm for its weight as other products, but is roomy and comfortable for warm and kinda cool nights outdoors or sleepovers indoors. We think it's a great deal for late spring, summer, and early fall car camping if you want a simple, comfortable, cheap sleeping bag.
Buy this bag if you're looking for the roomiest, most comfortable flannel lined bag for warm weather camping or indoor use. Unzipped to make a queen-sized blanket, it's perfect for picnics and covering two folks blanket style for summer sleeping.
The rugged outer shell fabric can handle being thrown down on the dirt or sand, and the soft lining makes a nice spot for morning stretching or an afternoon picnic.