REI Igneo 19 ReviewAugust 16, 2012
- Exterior waterproofing agent delivering 2.5 times the protection of traditional DWR finishes.
- Excellent warmth-to weight ratio.
- Great compressibility.
- Great price for an 800-fill bag.
- Exterior fabric is fairly crinkly because of the water-repellant coating.
- Down won’t insulate when wet.
The Igneo is a lightweight bag made of premium materials that easily repel heavy dew and condensation. Great for more humid climes, it also sports an almost unbeatable price.
Because REI cuts out the middleman by producing their own line of gear for their retail chain, seeing them at a lower price point is no surprise. But with the Igneo, their design team truly created a premier product.
The Igneo is insulated with 800-fill down feathers for a great warmth-to-weight ratio. It features a new Toyota-developed, dew-resistant exterior spray coating designed to keep campers dry while still allowing body vapor to escape normally through the bag’s fabrics. Our testers were blissfully unaffected by tent condensation and drizzly weather on Oregon’s Rogue River. It’s far preferable to rainshell-wrapped bags, which tend to get a little soggy from the inside.
The two-way, full-length zipper is of a solid gauge that runs smooth thanks to a stiff but not overlarge guide. And when you’re not enjoying the expanded venting options, it will seal in your heat thanks to an ample draft guard. REI utilizes a comfortable yoke-shaped draft collar and adjustable drawcords in the hood to create an easy, snug fit.