The Marmot Hydrogen is one of our bestselling sleeping bags and with good reason. It's the combination of light weight, small pack size, excellent construction and reasonable cost make it a great value choice for 3 season backpacking. The Hydrogen is mummy style sleeping bag featuring 800+ fill power hydrophobic down, a full length zipper, lots of loft and an extremely effective hood design.
We didn’t think it was possible either, but the Hydrogen is even lighter and more packable than before. The new curved baffles on this bag reduce shifting of the down, allowing this bag to provide enough warmth for cool-weather climbs and backcountry excursions; a new easy-access, fold-down second zipper allows easy ventilation. At just a pound and a half, this bag puts the ultra in ultralight.
Part of Marmot's ultralight range of sleeping bags, the Hydrogen offers a superb balance of quality, low weight, packability, and performance versus cost. It's comparable to many more expensive products, as it is lighter and more compressible than almost all of its competitors.
The Marmot Hydrogen uses 800+ fill power down protected with Marmot's Down Defender to help the down to stay dry longer, loft better when damp and dry more quickly than untreated down. The Pertex Microlight fabric offers a combination of lightweight and good durability plus it's DWR coating will offer some water resistance. The fabric feels really soft which allows the down to loft freely and the slightly brushed feel of the Microlight lining fabric is extremely comfortable against your skin.
The temperature comfort limit rating of -5C sounded optimistic for the amount of down in the bag but having used a Hydrogen in Scotland in March it seems to be correct (using an insulated Thermarest All Seasons SV mat and wearing lightweight baselayers in the bag - the comfort rating is tested using an insulated mat, baselayers and also a hat). On a frosty night I ended up opening the zip slightly as I was so toasty. If you are a cold sleeper this might not stand true but for me it was perfect on a night with temperatures dipping just below zero. This was helped by the excellent hood design which works brilliantly.
Another feature worthy of a mention is the small extra zip which allows you to roll the top of the bag down. This is perfect for a warmer night to avoid overheating or for a cold evening where you want to be sitting in the bag inside the tent.
To steal the words of Mr Remington, having tested the Hydrogen I liked it so much I bought for one myself as I didn't want to give it back. The Marmot Hydrogen is a excellent 3 season bag made even sweeter by the price.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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