Western Mountaineering sleeping bag recommendations plz


New Member
Mar 26, 2018
Does anyone have recommendations on a particular Western Mountaineering sleeping bag that is good for warmer temperatures (backpacking in Joshua tree, Death Valley, etc)? Or is it preferable to have WM to use in cold temps and rather, a different brand of sleeping bag for hotter months?


Oct 30, 2016
There are a lot of options for 'warmer' bags that don't come with the WM price tag.

If you compare a WM TerraLite to a REI Igneo for example, they're both 25 degree down bags, the Igneo is an ounce lighter at regular size, and the Igneo costs $269 to the WM's $485. Plus you'll never get a discount on a WM bag where you can almost always scratch up a discount on every other brand. Heck you could knock that Igneo down to $215 if you're an REI member right now. At that sort of price delta WM's warranty has no value at all (you could buy another Igneo and still come out ahead).

Just my 2 cents. I'm a total gear whore, but outside of sub-zero gear I don't see how they can compete with their prices.


I ❤️ GYE
May 31, 2015
For desert stuff like that, I'd consider getting a down quilt, like the ones Enlightened Equipment makes. Saves a lot of money, and a full mummy bag could be overkill if you only ever use it in warm environments.
Then, with those savings, you could get a different bag for cold weather, for a lot cheaper than a WM, like @Wanderlust073 suggested. That way, you'd have two good bags for the price of one WM, and you wouldn't have to worry about your bag being too warm or too cold—just bring the one that fits the temperature forecast.

However, I know there are several on here who swear by their WM bags, and I'd imagine some will chime in with great responses for you.

Eric O

Apr 12, 2014
For warmer weather I'd just go with a climashield APEX Enlightened Equipment quilt. Cheap, light, durable.

Wyatt Carson

Desert Vagabond
Apr 15, 2015
Death Valley is expansive and covers everything from the sub sea level salt flats at -282’ to the alpine heights of 11,000’ Telescope peak and everything n between. It is doubtful you will want to camp low in the hot months there. I have a photo of girlfriend walking the salt flats in May with snowy peaks in the distance. Most take a 20 to 25 degree bag that you can zip up in snug in the higher elevations of the Park, use unzipped as a quilt in the mid zones or leave it stuffed and use nothing over you if you insist on camping down low in +100 temps.

We own both WM ultralight bags that are +20 and do a good job (used ours over 750 times and still look new with the occasional home wash) and WM Sycamore +25 that are more roomy and completely zip out flat quilt style. Those are our “newer” bags. Both are very fine for those trips you encounter elevation changes in 3 season weather.

I’ve seen snow in Joshua Tree in the shoulder seasons too. Again in warmer times, use either as a quilt or just sleep on your pad with no cover. When it turns colder from elevation or some in-forecast low pressure you will be quite snug.

WM will replace zippers at no charge, not even a return shipping charge so you have good customer service. Never had to with my bags but at 7 and 8 years of hard use our WM Flight jackets needed new zippers. I told them we had abused then in countless sandy trips and the wear and tear were all our fault but they refused to charge us.


Hiker Trash
Jan 4, 2015
to me, the premise of the question is putting the cart before the horse. Id first figure out the actual temps you expect to face on your trips, and then look for bags or quilts that are appropriate for those temps.

I will say that WM bags are rated pretty conservatively. I sleep extremely cold and my WM 10 degree bag is good down too at least 15 if I'm fully layered up. By contrast, my feathered friends 20f bag is really cold if it gets below 30.
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
OwenM Western Mountaineering Everlite Gear Market: Buy, Sell, Trade 2
OldBill Western Mountaineering Customer Support? Gear 20
Aldaron Western Mountaineering Gear 30
forest dweller Invite First 2 weeks of August, open to anywhere wild and beautiful, western US or Canada, hell, Yukon or Alaska even! Meet Up (Members Only) 10
F Greetings from western NC Noobs: Introduce yourself! 1
Desertratgal Beginner Packrafting Western CO Trip Planning 2
norwegianxplorer Norway Backpacking in the fall, Western Norway Backpacking 5
JDWalters Western Maryland Railway Loop Hiking & Camping 8
john.maldaner Noob from Western Kentucky Noobs: Introduce yourself! 10
Nick HCN: A wanderer’s guide to Western public lands General Discussion 0
Bob Great Western Trail - Canada Resource Discussions 0
L Western Washington noobie trips in winter? Trip Planning 4
hamtron5000 Greetings and Salutations from Western Colorado! Noobs: Introduce yourself! 1
R Hello from Western Ma Noobs: Introduce yourself! 0
hatchcanyon San Rafael Swell - The Western Slope - Slaughter Slopes Off Road 4
B Hello from western Pennsylvania! Noobs: Introduce yourself! 0
hatchcanyon San Rafael Swell - The Western Slope and Lone Tree Wedge Off Road 0
hatchcanyon San Rafael Swell - The Western Slope and Mesa Butte Off Road 2
Cody Great Western Trail through Utah Backpacking 41
Yvonne Fall Foliage and Waterfalls in Western New York, October 2012 Hiking & Camping 3
lostlandscapes Best free car camping in/near the western Uintas? Trip Planning 6
Ranger Joe The Great Western Expedition, pt9...Epilogue Off Road 3
Ranger Joe The Great Western Expedition of 2011, pt8...snow days Off Road 1
Ranger Joe The Great Western Expedition of 2011, pt7...Poughkeepsie Gulch Off Road 1
Ranger Joe The Great Western Expedition of 2011, pt6...Black Bear Pass Off Road 2
Ranger Joe The Great Western Expedition of 2011, pt5...Hooray for Ouray Off Road 1
Ranger Joe The Great Western Expedition of 2011, pt4...We Go Navajo Off Road 1
Ranger Joe The Great Western Expedition of 2011, pt3...The Maze Off Road 7
Ranger Joe The Great Western Expedition of 2011, pt2...Elephant Hill Off Road 4
Ranger Joe The Great Western Expedition of 2011, Pt.1...Fun with Fins Off Road 1
travel2walk mountaineering course? General Discussion 8
MikeM Ski Mountaineering the Highland Mountains, MT Winter Sports 3
Blake Merrell Opportunity to draft a Mountaineering/Canyoneering Policy for the UNPC Everything Else 4
Bob Gear Review NEMO Riff Sleeping bag Gear Reviews 1
OwenM SOLDMarmot Pinnacle 15° sleeping bag Gear Market: Buy, Sell, Trade 4
regehr sleeping in the vehicle Trip Planning 34
TrailScot Sleeping bag decision : WM Versalite vs Apache MF Gear 6
wsp_scott Recommend me a sleeping bag Gear 40
Janice Sleeping Bear Dunes Hiking & Camping 13
Adr1an Deuter: sleeping bags versus backpacks Gear 0
Adr1an +5 C° comfort temperature sleeping bag Gear 12
Yvonne Below Zero Winter Sleeping Bag Gear 18
Miya Beach Backpacking and Creek Bed Sleeping Backpacking 29
Perry Anyone Have any Experience with Sierra Designs Nitro 800 0-degree Sleeping Bag Gear 11
Pianomover Sleeping bag liners. Gear 40
Ugly Sleeping with Pfieff, Maybird in May, or Summer -Winter Backpacking Winter Sports 7
Born to Hike Can the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad be used for this? Gear Reviews 5
T RMNP sleeping pad question- mid July Trip Planning 4
Vegan.Hiker New sleeping platform for my car General Discussion 9
Kelley Another Sleeping Pad question. Gear 5

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.