Sunset over the open ocean promised a cold, wintery night. An overnight passage, at this time of year, meant my turn on deck, for watch, would be in freezing weather. My Marmot sleeping bag had been tucked away in the cabin where it was moderately protected from the salty air and any other elements that might tamper with its down. This particular sleeping bag had accompanied me on many previous excursions but with several cold weeks onboard a sailboat with no heat, it had recently become a dearly beloved friend. That night, with the waves knocking at our bow, I reached into the cabin to pull my Marmot Sawtooth out onto deck - its promise of comfort and warmth was too irresistible.
After two years of owning and testing the Marmot Sawtooth down sleeping bag, we have put together our review based on value, weight, compact size, comfort, durability and most importantly - warmth. Both my husband, Joel, and I own Marmot Sawtooth bags and therefore offer a his and hers review perspective.
Insulation Fill : 650+ Fill Power Duck Down
Bag Temperature Rating: 15 degree F
EN Rating: Comfort: 27.1°F / -2.7°C | Lower Limit: 15.6°F / -9.1°C
| Extreme: -17.5°F / -27.5°C
Interior Length : 83in
Weight: 2lbs 7.5 oz
Comfort - 10 out of 10
Let's start with comfort. Joel and I are two very different sleepers. He could fall asleep probably anywhere and anyway. Where, I am a tossing, turning, sleeper, who hates to feeling constrained - a mummy style sleeping bag would seem to be my worst nightmare. We also are both rather tall folks ( 5'11" & 6'2"). Needless to say, both having the same bag and finding it comfortable (which we do - incredibly so) is one of the reasons we were impressed by the Sawtooth. This bag, though a mummy style - is perfectly comfortable. The wider mid-section gives just enough space to move around without compromising warmth.
Weight & Compact Size - 4 out of 10
The provided compression sack does the trick - but in terms of backpacking, space and weight are commodities and the Sawtooth is rather selfish with both. With encouragement, it fits into the sleeping bag section of my Osprey Woman's Aura pack. However, it is a tight fit and expands to take up room which could be used otherwise in the main compartment. Weight wise, the Sawtooth comes in with almost a whole extra pound when compared to other bags on the market.
Value - 10 out of 10
What the Sawtooth takes in weight and compression, it makes up for in value. You could consider the Sawtooth an economic option - good gear at a great price. If in stock, the Sawtooth bag is usually on sale around $200 on Backcountry.com .
Durability - 8 out of 10
Two years is not the longest time to review on durability. However, for the two years we have had the Sawtooth, it has seen a lot of use and some rather unfriendly conditions. Of course, part of anything lasting is maintaining a proper record of care - down compresses but it doesn't love to stay that way. We have had to make a few duck-tape patches here and there, but have been overall impressed with how well the bags have held together and the down has remained fluffed.
Warmth - 7 out of 10
The Marmot Sawtooth sleeping bag is rated for 15-degree F - however, to our memory, we have only used it in down to 20-degree weather. Our opinions differ for the warmth rating (which I noted below) but we both agree on a few features being particularly useful when it comes to keeping warm. First off, the Sawtooth's mummy style keeps the down as close to your body as possible without compromising comfort. The hood and drawstring cinching feature along with the multi- baffle design help trap the heat inside. Toss and turn all you want without losing sleep over lost heat.
His Review - Warm sleeper critiques the Marmot Sawtooth as being true to the 15-degree rating. He has been hot sleeping in below freezing temperatures with the Sawtooth bag.
Her Review - Warm (ish) sleeper (but usually cold when not sleeping) critiques the Marmot Sawtooth as being bearable but not comfortable at 15-degree. When temperatures dip below freezing my feet, in particular, will get cold in the Sawtooth bag.