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REI Lumen Sleeping Bag Review:

REI Lumen Sleeping Bag review

After a few nights freezing in a borrowed sleeping bag that was too big for me I decided to get a bag of my own. REI’s Lumen was my first short sleeping bag and it has become a trusty companion over the years.

For a while, this was my only sleeping bag and it worked in all but the coldest trips. I’ve used it for years of backpacking and camping in temps from 20 – 60 degrees.

At 2 lbs. 6 oz., it’s not idea for backpacking, but it works in a pinch. I’ve hauled it for miles along Minnesota’s Superior Hiking Trail with no regrets. As I’ve refined my gear I now look to other, lighter bags or quilts for backpacking trips.

This REI sleeping bag shines in all other 3-season camping situations. There is a good amount of room in the shoulders and a little extra in the feet, which is nice if you like to move around a little.

(Note: I tested the youth/short version of their regular Lumen bag. Also, the model I have is from 2011. There’s not much wrong with the design so they haven’t changed it substantially since then).

REI Lumen Sleeping Bag Stash PocketWhat I Liked

The price! It’s only $120 which is a good deal for something that will last for years. It has a small pocket in the hood that can hold your pillow (or puffy) in place while you sleep. Lastly, there’s a little zipper pocket on the front where you can stash Chapstick, earplugs, snacks, etc.

What I Didn’t Like

The synthetic polyester fill doesn’t pack down as well as a down bag. But it’s also less expensive — tradeoffs.

Who Should Buy It?

Any thrifty camper looking for a solid, 3-season sleeping bag. It’s 25-degree rating makes is a great choice if you’re looking for an all-around sleeping bag.

REI Lumen Specs

  • Degree Rating: 25 degrees
  • Weight: 2 pounds 6 ounces (1088g) on our scale
  • Insulation Type: synthetic polyester
  • Length: 66 inches
  • Shoulder Width: 58 inches
  • Hip Width: 56 inches
  • Outer Fabric: Ripstop Nylon
  • Inner Fabric: Polyster Taffeta
  • Price: $119

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Jake Ferguson

Jake recently escaped the software industry for a job in the outdoors world, which seems to suit him well. He is quite nimble and now uses that skill more than ever in "work settings" like rock climbing, snowboarding, and backpacking. He's happy to call MN home.


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