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Thermarest Parsec Sleeping Bag | Review

The Parsec three-season mummy sleeping bag delivers warmth that’s both lightweight and extremely packable

What kind of sleeping bag you favour says a lot about you as a person. Trust us. You really can tell a lot about someone based on nothing but their number one pick of sleeping bag. For example, if you’re the type of adventurer who favours moving as quickly and lightly we wouldn’t be surprised if your sleeping bag of choice looked something like, or was in fact, the Thermarest Parsec™

The Parsec™ 20F/-6C three-season mummy sleeping bag delivers warmth that’s both lightweight and extremely packable. Thanks to its compression sack, this bag will fit easily into your pack (with room to spare) and not weigh you down; meaning you’re free to move as efficiently as you want during any multi-day treks you happen to be on.

If you’re an alpinist who’s all about the speedy morning starts, or alternatively you just love the faff-free and simple nature of bivvy bagging out in the open, we reckon you’ll dig this bag’s general vibe. You can take it deep into the backcountry, and be confident in the knowledge that it’s got your back when the sun goes down.

“There’s more than enough about this thing to keep you cosy during spring, summer or autumn”

With its 800-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down, that not only repels water (amazingly well) but dries three times faster than untreated down, and all without using dangerous PFCs, there’s more than enough about this thing to keep you cosy during spring, summer or autumn. There’s also that Thermacapture™ Lining, that traps body heat and retains warmth without adding bulk, not to mention the zoned insulation that means the amount of fill varies depending on where you need it more and where you need it less.

Another feature of this bag worth shouting about is the ergonomic toe box that’s shaped to rapidly warm your cold feet in a warm down pocket. It might not sound like much but if you’ve got poor circulation, or have ever suffered the nightmare of trying to camp with feet that stubbornly insist on staying cold no matter how many pairs of socks you stick on them, you’ll likely appreciate this nifty aspect of the sleeping bag.

We should point out that the -6 in its name refers to the limit of this bag’s comfort, any lower than that and you’re going to be at the mercy of the cold. It’s optimum performance temperature should be at around 0 degrees (in accordance with EN13537 and ISO 23537 ratings).

Compatible with little links that integrate the bag with a sleeping mat to make for a unit that moves with you, and certified to the Responsible Down Standard, the Parsec™ ticks all the right boxes, as well as some extra ones while it’s at it. Great sleeping bag.

Tester’s Verdict

“‘What have you got there?’ says my girlfriend. ‘A sleeping bag,” I reply. “Another one?” she says. ‘Yeah,’ I say, ‘But this isn’t just any sleeping bag. It’s the Therm-a-rest Parsec 20F/-6C Sleeping Bag. It’s meant to be really good.’ My girlfriend just rolls her eyes, and walks off before I can explain.

“Anyway, this is a very good sleeping bag; the kind you just want to crawl inside and stay inside. As a tall man, I sometimes struggle with shorter bags but didn’t really have any problems with this one. Looking forward to taking this on many more camping adventures in the not-too distant future.” – Jack Clayton, Editor of Mpora, and a tall man.

Price: £359.99

Weight: 890 grams

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