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  Marmot, Col Review By the Everest GearGal


It has been over 25 years since Marmot first came out with the Col. It has proven itself on countless Himalayan adventures and distant peaks, yet the designers at Marmot continue to upgrade and improve this classic mountaineering bag. The Col is insulated with 900fill goose down, a mummy bag with a collar. It is temperature rated to -20°F (-29°C). If you are having a hard time deciding which bag to take on your next expedition, consider the Col, with over a quarter century of trail testing achievement under its shell. 

One reason this bag has held up to the competition over the years is its stretch tricot baffles. These baffles give the Col ultimate strength, durability and a bag life that may outlast its owner. Inside the bag this same technology is used in a 9-baffle chest configuration. The baffles run vertically down the core of the bag to insure maximum down control and placement, eliminating cold spots. The hood chamber uses a nautilus 6 baffle system, which provides not only down placement control, but better fit. An 11-baffle foot box keeps feet cozy while the reinforced lining allows for extra abuse from boot liners and hot water bottles. All these baffles along with the Velcro® free down filled collar work to keep the warm air trapped in the bag. While the draft tube and ground-level side seems eliminate the threat of cold air coming in the bag. 

This bag has withstood the test of time not just for its durability and warmth, but also for the smaller details designed to keep the climber happy through the night. Zipper guards protect the lining, “feely” draw cords help with nighttime adjustments and a Velcro®-free face muff keeps the face free from draw cords and zippers. The only problem with this bag is eventually you have to get out and face the elements, luckily there is a hidden draft tube pocket for the alarm, although it would also fit a candy bar for a late night chocolate fix.  

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