This NEMO Ramsey 15 Sleeping Bag review is about a very packable insulated mummy-style sleeping bag with a treated down-fill and with several specific features that include vents, a waterproof foot box, and a blanket fold.
Key features & benefits
- Waterproof and breathable feet zone.
- Treated down fill.
- Blanket fold.
- Thermo vents.
- Very packable.
What type is this – who is it for
Here you have a typical mummy-style bag as you realize from the picture above. So the foot box is rather narrow and they built it waterproof but breathable in that section, something you will need in a tent if you are a tall person and you touch the wet wall of the tent.
The bag is a 3-season tool for hiking, backpacking, and camping and with an official 15-degree rating. It is built in two sizes, regular (R) and long (L). The weight of the regular bag is 2 lb 7 oz (1.12 kg), so I would not call it super lightweight, it is quite typical; you realize this when you compare it with some other top-notch tools like this Sierra Designs Mobile mummy bag.
The R size is for people up to 6 ft (183 cm) and the L for people up to 6 ft 6 in (198 cm).
Construction & features
This is a standard tapered mummy cut for a reduced weight and packed size. The shell fabric is 30D nylon ripstop, durable water-repellent. The lining fabric is 30D nylon taffeta also DWR. The main zipper is on the left side. The bag has several specific features worth mentioning, so here they are.
Blanket Fold at the opening
So this is a small piece that looks like a blanket, see the picture below. You can tuck it in and it will make a baffle under the chin and protect you from the cold air entering in. But if you feel warm enough, you just push it out.
Thermo Gills design
These are two openings with zippers in the chest section of the bag, they are visible in the picture above. Just unzip as much as you need to regulate the temperature.
Here you have a material different from the rest of the bag, a 40D nylon ripstop OSMO DWR. This is a waterproof but breathable area, so the bag is protected from the condensation in the tent, and this is the section which would get in contact with the walls.
The insulation is 650-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic down. So it provides water-repellency and the down remains dry longer than an untreated down, and it also dries faster if it becomes wet. These features are similar to synthetic materials, but those are always heavier and less compressible. Note that their NEMO Riff 15 Degree bag is with an even better fill.
You have a compression stuff sack included with the bag (shown below) and a much larger storage bag where you should keep it when not in use at home.
The section around the face is with a down-insulated draft tube, and here you also have a drawcord to adjust the hood around the face.
Good and less good features
Here is my short summary:
- Useful vents.
- Quality fill.
- Good packed size.
- Waterproof foot box.
The price & rating
As of the moment of writing the text, the Amazon price for this item is $279, so it is steep but this is a top brand and a top-notch product. See how I rate it for several parameters:
My rating breakdown of the NEMO Ramsey 15 Sleeping Bag
- Weight R size: 2 lb 7 oz (1.12 kg).
- Packed size R (L x D): 13 x 8.5 in (33 x 22 cm).
- Temp rating: 15 F (-9 C).
- Fill: down.
- Fill weight R: 1 lb 4 oz (555 g).
- Best fit R: up to 6 ft (183 cm).
- Shoulder girth R: 61 in (155 cm).
- Hip girth R: 57 in (145 cm).
- Knee girth R: 53 in (135 cm).
- Shoulder girth L: 65 in (165 cm).
- Hip girth L: 61 in (155 cm).
- Knee girth R: 56 in (142 cm).
NEMO Ramsey 15 Sleeping Bag vs Competitors
In the table below I give the Ramsey 15 bag side by side with possible competitors. I add a quilt on purpose, to see what you can expect from such a design if you feel claustrophobic in a mummy bag as I do. Please follow the links to see more:
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Weight, lb (kg)
Packed size, in (cm)
Temperature, F (C)
Ramsey 15 Bag
Payable Every Month
13 x 8.5
(33 x 22)
Payable Every Year
15 x 8
(38 x 20)
Payable Every Year
14 x 8
(36 x 20)
So in the summary of this NEMO Ramsey 15 Sleeping Bag review I would stress again that this is a quality item for a 3-season use and with a very good temperature rating. It comes with several innovative features. The fill is a good quality down that maintains it thermal efficiency even if it becomes wet. The shell is with a DWR treatment to protect the insulation. All in all, this is a typical quality product by NEMO, and I can fully recommend it. Note that they also have a 30-degree version from the same series.
Thank you for reading. If you still need something different, please check my page with sleeping bags. Check this Kelty Tuck 20 Degree bag if you need something far more affordable, and also this Mountain Hardwear Ratio 32 bag with its treated down fill. Check also this NEMO Disco 15 Sleeping Bag with some patented features. If you need something ultralight, check this Big Agnes Hitchens UL 20 bag.
If you need a double sleeping bag for a car camping, please check this list with some truly great items. Sleeping bags need pads, so here is a great selection of pads, have a look. Please use the comment box below in the case of questions or comments. Have a nice day.