|Rating:||8.1 / 10|
|Weight||1.4 / 2|
|Value for Money||1.7 / 2|
|Durability||1.7 / 2|
|Warmth||1.7 / 2|
|Versatility||1.6 / 2|
The one thing that really gets me thinking is what sleeping bag is best for me. I purchased my Mont Brindabella Hydronaute XT Sleeping Bag many years ago now and I’m starting to think I need an update. It is still in very good condition but being a super warm bag it is also super bulky (and heavy). Sleeping bag manufacturers are really pushing the design and construction boundaries now so its definitely a good time to explore.
So the search is now on. Recently I had the opportunity to test out Sea to Summit’s Journey Jo II sleeping bag which has a tapered rectangular shape designed for women that provides a great balance of space and warmth. The Journey Jo II is a 650+ Loft ULTRA-DRY Down™ down sleeping bag which combines warmth and good compression when packed. This bag sits at the lower end of the middle of Sea to Summit’s range. That’s reflected in the weight which is a bit heavy and the price which is very competitive. The Journey Jo II has a range of great features including:
So how did it go? The Journey Jo II has a neck tube which sits comfortably and cozily around your neck to eliminate drafts as well as a zip baffle to prevent cold entering the bag via the zip. This is a minor point but I would prefer a hood that is a bit larger to ease snuggling. For me there was a good balance between room to move and closeness that minimises airflow.
The Journey Jo II has a female comfort rating of -8° Celcius. I took it down to around 3° Celcius and I was quite comfortable and warm. However, to get close to -8° Celcius I would need to be wearing thermals and would opt for a thermal bag liner – all of which is reasonable for temperatures in that range. Also when my arms were positioned off my sleeping mat on the cold ground, I noticed the difference in comfort level.
In terms of length, the regular version is designed for people up to 170 cm tall. I am 165 cm and I found the Journey Jo II to be a little on the short side. The long version is designed for people up to 183 cm but that would be too long for me. Maybe I just need to position my feet upright! The Journey Jo II does have a zipper on the foot compartment which allows you to stretch out and cool your toes in warm weather.
Sea to Summit sleeping bags have a handy feature that assists you in navigating their range – the darker the colour in a particular range, the warmer the bag. The Journey Jo II which can take you to -8° Celsius is dark green in colour and the Journey Jo I which is rated to -1° Celsius is light green in colour. This clever bit of guidance is very handy when you’re staring at the wall of Sea to Summit sleeping bags in your local outdoor store.
While this bag has plenty of features as a cheaper bag in the range it uses a lower grade down which makes it heavier and less compressible and it only has two zips whereas the unisex Sea to Summit Ascent II has three. While still a great bag this one less zip reduces the versatility but with that the price is also lower.
So did the Journey Jo II make it to my list of possible sleeping bag options? Yes it did. And at this stage, it is close to the top of the list although I still prefer a lighter weight more compressible bag. If you are looking for a warm high grade bag that doesn’t break the bank and aren’t too concerned about the weight and bulk, then the Journey Jo II is for you.
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$499 AUD. Keep an eye out for the regular sales that occur and you may get a great deal
Sea to Summit Journey II Women’s Sleeping Bag
Sea to Summit Journey II storage bag with a 1 litre bottle on top. Sleeping bags should always be stored uncompressed
Sea to Summit Journey II in its compression bag
Internal stash pocket
Neck baffle in use
Just the facts of the Sea to Summit Journey Jo II
Zip cover at the top of the zip
All zipped up
Zip-able toe box allows your tootsies to cool
This review was done with product provided by Sea to Summit for testing