February 24, 2020 / Comments (0)

Gear Review: Klymit KSB 20

It occurred to me that everything warmth-related that I own is red.

My storied North Face Gore-Tex shell is red. My puffer jacket and parka are red. And now, the Klymit KSB 20 joins my array of scarlet warmth.

The only downside to this sleeping bag is its weight. At 2.75 pounds, it’s heavier than competitor offerings in roughly the same price range, like REI’s down bags.

On the other hand, it’s still incredibly light for the three season range it gives you. I even tried it in the teens in the Maine woods, and with thermal underwear, I still slept warm.

The elastic baffles that allow maximum movement without abandoning warmth were unlike anything I’ve ever experienced with a sleeping bag. The draft tubes and collar (with a handy phone/eyewear pocket) really retain warmth. If you wear the right things or use a liner, you can edge into four season use of this bag.

I bought this bag at 205 with tax and shipping. You should be able to find it at or below that cost.

For thru-hikers doing any last minute gear acquisition, this bag is a great last minute purchase that will serve you well in the range of conditions on the AT, PCT, and CDT.

I’ll update this review after I use it on the Northville-Placid Trail in June.

Last modified: February 24, 2020

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