Why We Chose the Therm-a-rest Parsec™ 20F / -6C: Sustainable, packable, comfortable
The newly updated Parsec is a mummy shaped, down filled sleeping bag designed for 3-season performance in the great outdoors. Boasting solid eco-credentials and a raft of features, this award-winning bag from Seattle-based sleep system experts Therm-a-rest has pretty much everything you could want from an expedition bag. Therm-a-rest have also recently unveiled a -18C and a 0C version, so there’s now a Parsec sleeping bag whatever your preferred camping season.
Who is the Therm-a-rest Parsec™ 20F / -6C for?
The -6C temperature limit of this model makes it highly suitable for three season use. Looking specifically at its UK suitability, we’d say it’ll really suit campers who are looking for something they can use right through the year, except on cold winter nights and some of the colder nights at the end of autumn and start of spring.
Again, from a UK perspective, its water repellent and fast drying qualities make it suitable for the wet conditions often found here, while its goose down fill means that has a strong weight-to-warmth ratio that should appeal to backpackers, fastpackers and just anyone who likes kit they can carry on multi-day adventures.
Its down is highly compressible, meaning it packs down smaller than its synthetic counterparts too. Features like sleeping pad attachment points and its integrated pocket add useability, while the long zip pulls on its anti-snag zippers are a nod to glove use in the shoulder seasons.
When it comes to sleeping bag filler, down is the most sought-after material due to its remarkable thermal qualities, low weight and its compressibility. The Parsec boasts 800-Fill hydrophobic down that absorbs 90% less water and dries three times quicker than untreated down, which is a blessing if you’re camping somewhere like Skye or North Wales, where it can rain solidly for days.