-By Leo Ahrens
I recently went on a trip with the Dubsatch Collective crew to Girdwwod, Alaska to camp and ski in some classic big mountains zones. I had to purchase a new sleeping bag for the trip and after a little research I settled with the Mountain Hardwear Lamina bag.
Rated to -30 fahrenheit
Welded seem construction
Lofty Thermic Micro insulation
Extra-wide mummy cut
First night into our camping mish in Turnagain Pass we encountered -15 degree temps. Setting up camp I was wearing every single layer I had on the trip. So cold that any precipitation around your eyes would freeze your eyelids shut. Crawling into the the Lamina bag I shed most of my layers knowing my body heat would warm up the bag. Cinching up the drawstrings closed off most outside temps and created a warm cocoon inside my bag. Within 30 minutes of laying in my bag I was already down to just wearing thermals. All night I never even came close to getting cold. The bag definitely lived up to it’s rating.
As for pack size it is definitely not the smallest but you have to consider that it is a very warm bag, -30. That means it has to have much more down to keep it warm. The Lamina bag is synthetic down, not actual feather down so that makes it slightly larger when fully stuffed into it’s compression sack. However synthetic down does not get wet like feather down, and dries much quicker, so if it ever warms up and all the frost melts you won’t end up soaked in the middle of the night. Compared to the North Face Darkstar -40, the Lamina bag packs down to 3/4 the size.
I highly recommend this bag for anyone looking to get into winter camping.