Camping Comfort: Western Mountaineering Sequoia GWS Sleeping Bag
The Western Mountaineering Sequoia GWS sleeping bag is the finest sleeping bag I’ve ever used in my life: superb down quality, very roomy and comfortable. It can also be used like a blanket by unzipping it, which extends its usable temperature range.
The folks at Western Mountaineering have been making world-class down outdoor products for decades (jackets, bags, etc), and their headquarters is right here in the USA, in San Jose, CA. I like to support small companies committed to product excellence any time I can, but in this case, the product is so good that it’s a no-brainer. And it’s Made in the USA.
I don’t like tight fitting sleeping bags especially if I’ve hiked or biked all days; my legs need to move around a bit to be comfortable; I wanted something roomy and very warm, for when the temperatures are sub-freezing down to 0° F.
I bought the Sequoia GWS to stay warm on my photography expeditions to the mountains. While I typically sleep in my SUV, when it’s 10°F outside, it still gets well below freezing inside, since I crack the windows for ventilation.
I was not disappointed with my first use; with outside temps in the single digits (°F) at high elevation, and my shoes frozen to the rubber floor mats (which had collected some water) inside my SUV, I slept those cold nights with the GWS zipped only half-way up (more or less as shown in the picture). Of course, I was wearing some warm clothes to sleep in (wool pants and one light shirt with an IbexWear wool 'Shak' hoodie), but I did not need double socks or a jacket, etc.
With the Sequoia GWS on top of the Exped DownMat 9 Deluxe, I was a very happy camper, never uncomfortable from a tight fit, because the Sequoia GWS is very roomy for a sleeping bag. And I was comfortably warm using it like a blanket (unzipped half way). I got a great night’s sleep every night.
The loft of the down in the Sequoia GWS is very impressive; it can be used to tent over one’s upper body and head because it holds its loft so well, so it’s super cozy.