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Brooks-Range Mountaineering Elephant Foot Sleeping Bag Review:

Brooks-Range Mountaineering Elephant Foot Sleeping Bag review

Want to save weight? Just remove the last quarter of the bag and use a puffy instead. The Elephant Foot has the most unique design of the group, and it gets the job done.

I tested this bag in air temps ranging from 15-30 degrees, with the windchill getting as low as 0. I slept in it under the stars and in a tent.

Brooks-Range Mountaineering Mojave JacketAs suggested, I paired the bag with the Mojave Jacket. With 6 oz. of down fill, the Mojave is a fairly thick jacket. Other jackets could be used, though, to stay warm at 15 degrees I’d recommend a jacket with that much insulation or more.

To test the water repellency of the DownTek I slept under the stars in a light snow. The snow melted on the bag but I didn’t notice a decrease in loft or get cold. I could see people using this bag on snowy trips and the DownTek is a nice addition.

At 5’4” I was able to get fully inside of the bag, which ended up being a great “short person hack.” Being fully inside the bag was much warmer than having my arms out and I tended to sleep that way more often in colder temps.

Inside Brooks-Range Mountaineering Elephant Foot Sleeping Bag
At 5’4″ I was able to fit into the 3/4 bag and stay warmer

What I Liked

I appreciated Brooks-Range Mountaineering’s approach to the idea of cutting weight: You’ll have a puffy along on a cold weather trip, so why not make it a dual purpose item?

The bag is plush and feels great climbing into. The materials inside and out are solid and it’s well-made. It was the most narrow of all the bags tested, that meant less dead space to heat up.

There are some definite pros to having your arms free. As a side sleeper, I loved being able to easily put my arm under my head. It also makes grabbing a drink of water or anything else easy. Gloves are definitely needed, which you’d have with you in any 15-degree climate.

What I Didn’t Like

There are a few cons to sleeping with your arms out. Since I’m a cold sleeper, I’d likely bring a heavier fleece or top to stay warm. This extra weight offsets the weight savings of a three-quarter-length bag. I liked having my arms in the bag best, and since I fit, I slept that way most often.

Another strange con was not being able to itch your body from the armpits down. Having gloves on didn’t help either.

At $450 it’s expensive, plus you have to have a $300 puffy jacket to go with it. If you use the Mojave you’re looking at $750, which is a lot of money. I was able to find it on sale at Amazon for $180 which makes it much more enticing.

One last thing to consider is your pillow. A lot of people will use their puffy as a pillow and if you’re wearing the jacket instead you’ll have to find something else.

Who Should Buy It?

This is a spendy, niche bag. It is best used by mountaineers looking to cut weight or who want a “just in case” sleeping bag for the unexpected bivvy. Or, if you’re under 5’4”like me, it can be a regular cold-weather bag.

Brooks-Range Mountaineering Elephant Foot Sleeping Bag logo
Shock cord and a cinched draft collar keep the bag in place

Brooks-Range Mountaineering Elephant Foot Specs

  • Degree Rating: 15 degrees
  • Weight: 1 pound 5 ounces (596g) on our scale
  • Insulation Type: 850-fill down, treated with DownTek
  • Length: 59.5 inches
  • Shoulder Width: 55 inches
  • Hip Width: 45 inches
  • Fill Weight: 15 ounces
  • Outer Fabric: 15D Nylon shell fabric with DWR treatment
  • Price: $450

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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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