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
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.