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Therm-a-Rest Navis Review

Therm-a-Rest Navis
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Price:  $249 List
Pros:  Lightweight.
Cons:  Low warmth to weight ratio, permanent pad attachment straps, limited ventilation, fixed girth reduces versatility, can't be opened up to dry out or drape around you.
Manufacturer:   Therma-a-Rest
By Chris McNamara and Max Neale  ⋅  Mar 31, 2013
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SCORE
  • Warmth - 20% 2
  • Weight - 40% 6
  • Comfort - 5% 4
  • Packed Size - 15% 7
  • Features - 5% 2
  • Versatility - 15% 1

The Skinny

Product Discontinued
While Therm-a-Rest no longer makes this bag, we do continue to put out updated ultralight sleeping bag reviews.

The Therm-a-Rest Navis is the company's lightest sleeping bag. It saves weight by omitting a zipper, eliminating insulation from the bottom of the bag, and by not having a hood. Two elasticized mesh straps secure the bag to any sleeping bag up to 25 inchs wide. Unfortunately, the bag weighs more and is colder than than many other sleeping bags we've tested. This is also the least comfortable and least versatile sleeping bag tested.


Our Analysis and Test Results

The Navis is one of our lowest scoring sleeping bags. At 21 ounces it's moderately lightweight and kept our testers warm into the forties. The bag suffers from numerous drawbacks that limit its performance and versatility: (1) it has a fixed girth that cannot accommodate changes in body type or clothing. Unless you're really skinny, a midweight down jacket won't be able to loft properly inside of it. (2) The lack of a zipper limits ventilation. Our testers turned the bag over and slept with the uninsulated side up during warmer nights. We much prefer bags with full length zippers or quilts because they can be used as a blanket on hot nights and can be draped around your body in camp. This bag can't do either of those. (3) The elasticized pad attachment straps are permanently fixed to the bag and are significantly heavier than attachment methods on other bags we've tested. They are successful in that they're very secure — even those who thrash about at night will remain on the pad — but unnecessary for most people. Several small webbing loops allow you to secure the pad with a thin cord; this is more versatile and lighter. If we used this sleeping bag more we'd cut the elasticized loops off.

Numerous other sleeping bags offer increased warmth to weight ratios, more comfort, and more versatility. See our full Backpacking Sleeping Bag Review.

The Therm-a-Rest Navis bottom has no insulation and its pad attachment straps add weight. Traditional quilts are more versatile  more comfortable  and warmer for their weight.
The Therm-a-Rest Navis bottom has no insulation and its pad attachment straps add weight. Traditional quilts are more versatile, more comfortable, and warmer for their weight.


Chris McNamara and Max Neale