Marmot Cloudbreak 20 ReviewAugust 18, 2012
- Synthetic fill will insulate even when wet.
- Loftier insulation around the feet and torso increase warmth without adding weight or expense.
- Ample draft tubes seal in heat.
- Cozy hood and thoughtfully differentiated upper and lower draw cords make adjustments easy.
- Moderate price.
- A bit heavy for a 20-degree bag.
- Synthetic bags don’t hold up as well as down bags over time.
Utilizing body-mapping, Marmot added a higher quality insulation around the critical feet and torso to increase without additional expense or weight. The bag is well-priced at $199, but could be lighter.
If you live in a wet climate, spend nights out on the water, or just don’t have the cabbage for a down bag, the Marmot Cloudbreak 20 should be a player in your next purchasing decision.
Marmot mixes their high-end proprietary synthetic insulation, Thermal R, with run-of-the-mill stuff to increase performance without increasing price or weight. Specifically, they put the better insulation around the feet and torso where it’s most needed. Synthetic insulation is generally a bit heavier, less compressible, and packs down over time in a way that down doesn’t. What it has is the distinct advantage of still insulating even when wet. It’s also generally less expensive.
The Cloudbreak 20 has a medium mummy cut, which strikes a good balance between weight savings, heat retention, and on the other side, weight. It features ample draft tubes and Marmot’s typically excellent hood design—snug and very adjustable.