Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gear Haiku: Mountain Hardwear Lamina 35 Sleeping Bag

A haiku to the Mountain Hardwear Lamina 35 sleeping bag for backpacking

Mountain Hardwear Lamina 35 Sleeping Bag
She values patience
Her stubborn zipper won't yield
Before much foreplay

I'm pretty sure I love the Mountain Hardwear Lamina 35 sleeping bag, though she is a bit frigid in the sack. I don't mean "frigid" as in temperature, but in temperament. But first the good stuff… The bag is light; packs down very small in its supplied compression sack; offers high-performance synthetic fill perfect for those of us who camp in misty, humid southeastern mountains; and is toasty warm for its rating. The Lamina 35 does, however, have a very (and I mean very) finicky, snag-prone zipper that takes some subtle coaxing to open. All zipping and unzipping requires a delicate touch and some gentle loving. Those into a rougher night under the sheets might be disappointed despite the bag's otherwise warm and receptive embrace.

I only write haikus inspired by gear I use, respect, and appreciate having the luxury of owning. I am not paid, compensated, or even given this gear. I purchased all as a regular consumer. If that changes in future haikus, I will disclose. 

Where to buy: 
(NOTE: I own the 2012 version; the link below is to the newer models which, unfortunately, appears to have inherited the finicky zipper based on REI reviews)
REI for $180.

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