My Review of Marmot Helium +15 Sleeping Bag – Regular

Originally submitted at REI

Backpacker April ’08 proclaims the Marmot Helium bag is ”sleep-anywhere evidence that luxury and lightweight can go hand in hand.”

High-Performance Sleeping Bag

By Stick13 from Mississippi on 5/20/2010
5out of 5

Gift: No

Pros: Warm, Comfortable, Roomy, Adjustable Hood

Cons: Inaccurate weight listing

Best Uses: Car Camping, 3 Season Camping, Backpacking

Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational

What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven

I just got my Helium a few hours ago. I was stoked! I ripped open the box and pulled it out quickly. I immediately noticed how soft and cushy it felt. Upon laying it on my sleeping pad I noticed how quickly it lofted up. I unzipped the bag and climbed in. It was plenty roomy and comfy. The zipper zipped up easily and even as sloppy as I zipped it up it did not snag once. The cinch cord is easy enough to use and I really like the way the hood cinches around my face. It seems to be more contoured to my head, rather than just closing up over it. I can’t wait to take it out on a trip!

The only complaint I have is the weight. I bought this bag expecting a sub 2 pound bag, but whenever I set it on my scales it weighed in at 2 pounds 3.2 ounces (35.2 ounces). Granted this was in the 0.7 ounce stuff sack. I thought this was a pretty big difference in weights since it is being sold as a 31 ounce bag. So, I checked out the hang tags that are placed on the bags with the price and EN listings more closely, and it listed the total weight as being 2 pounds 3 ounces. This verified that there was not much of a weight variation in the listed and actual weights, but it also verified that this bag is selling as a 1 pound 15 ounce bag and actually weighs 2 pounds 3 ounces. This is according to the hang tags on the bag. I did speak with an agent once I realized this, and I was assured I could return the bag for another one. I do plan on going to the store with my scales and checking it out myself before I exchange it though.

Other than this hang up, I believe it will be a great bag. As far as using it, I am curious to see how well it repels water. I chose the regular Helium over the EQ version mostly because I was trying to cut weight out, however, with the actual weight of the regular Helium, the EQ may have been a better choice especially since there is only a 2 ounce difference in the weights.


After I am able to use this bag (or find another reason to update) I will provide a more thorough report.

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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2 Responses to My Review of Marmot Helium +15 Sleeping Bag – Regular

  1. Pingback: First Look @ the MLD Duomid & Solo Inner Net Tent | Stick's Blog

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