Expert Review: Nemo Disco 15 °F Women's Sleeping BagPublished on 07/23/2022 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the sleeping bag, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Allison K.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the sleeping bag, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2022.
The Nemo Disco 15 °F Women's Sleeping Bag is my favorite women’s bag for cold-weather backpacking. It can be used in all four seasons (but not in extreme winter conditions) with the option to shed heat and the addition of the cozy draft collar and widened elbow/knee areas to keep me sleeping soundly.
About the bag I own
- Model: Nemo Disco
- Size: Regular
- Material: Down
- Temperature Rating: 15 degrees Fahrenheit
- Height: 5’5”
- Weight: 145 lbs
- Experience: 11 years of hiking/backpacking
- When I bought these: May 2022
- Days tested: 10 days
- Pack: Osprey Ariel 65
- Total pack weight: 45 lbs
- Used for: Car camping, tent camping, backpacking
- Where I’ve used it: Glacier National Park, MT, Teton Mountains, WY, Fruita, CO
- Seasons I’ve used it in: Spring, summer
How it performs
What I was looking for
I wanted a bag that I could use for every camping season (spring, summer, fall) for backpacking and car-camping trips. I wanted the packability of down and something roomy for side sleeping with as much comfort as possible.
Why I chose this gear
This bag is the right price for all the features it possesses and I love Nemo as a company. It’s extremely comfortable, roomy, lightweight, and packs small. It has so many extra features that make it perfect. I chose down insulation because it packs smaller and is more lightweight compared to synthetic. I considered buying different temperature-rating bags but the 15°F seemed like the right rating for me, as a cold sleeper who typically camps at higher elevations
What I love about it
- Durability: The material of this product seems to be very durable. It is decently thick without being overly warm. I have no worries about it ever needing repairs and I’m sure it will last for a long, long time.
- Weight: This sleeping bag is very lightweight and perfect for backpacking. Down will always be very light, and the nylon inner and outer layers of this bag don’t add much weight. Being so light, it helped with lightening up my pack load to make my backpacking trip easier overall.
- Packability: This sleeping bag packs pretty small. Considering the wider elbow and knee areas built in, I don’t see how it could be any smaller in the stuff sack provided. The storage sack is great for allowing it to breathe and keep its fluff when not in use.
- Warmth: This sleeping bag is so warm and cozy. The down insulation kept me at the perfect temperature and if I got a little too hot, I used the thermogills in front to release heat and allow breathability. The draft collar keeps out unwanted cold air near my neck.
- Comfort: This is the most comfortable bag I’ve ever slept in. The hood is very roomy and has a pocket to stuff clothes in to make my own pillow. The draft collar feels like I’m tucked into my favorite blanket. The wide elbow and knee areas are roomy for side sleepers, so I never feel confined. The material is soft and breathes well, so I never get too hot or irritated. It is easy to unzip the zipper from inside.
- Shape: This is a wider, mummy-style bag that Nemo termed “spoon shape”. It packs down smaller like a mummy bag but has the wider shoulders and hips to accommodate side sleepers. I’m a side sleeper, so I wanted that extra room.
- Features: The hood on this bag keeps my head so warm, and there is also a stash pocket right near the neck line. The draft collar is so cozy and keeps any cold air out. The footbox is waterproof and breathable to keep my feet happy and dry. This can also be zipped with a men’s style Nemo bag to make it a double. I definitely chose this bag for all these comfort features.
- Versatility: I’ve slept inside a fire-lookout building, inside my tent on hard, rocky ground, and on a normal semi-soft forest floor. It is very versatile in that it can be used on very cold nights and warmer nights with the breathability of the thermogills and the breathable footbox. I can unzip this bag to shed more heat, but it does not technically convert to a quilt.
- Weather Resistance: This is a 650 Fill Power hydrophobic Responsible Down Standard-certified down bag, so it will resist moisture and dry quicker.
- Backpacking: Yes, this bag is absolutely ideal for backpacking. It is light and packable and very comfortable, so it will allow for great sleep in the backcountry.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Car Camping: This is a great bag for car camping – my only concern is it is made of down vs. synthetic so would not withstand tears or damage as easily as a synthetic bag would.
- Other: The only feature I would add is a glow-in-the-dark main zipper pull in order to see it better at night.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment with this sleeping bag was just last week. I was backpacking with friends to a high-alpine lake, and I had just had my wisdom teeth removed a week prior and was still in some pain. After dinner and having hiked all day, I was ready to curl up and relax and forget about the mouth pain and sore legs of the hike. As soon as I crawled in my bag (and after some painkillers), I felt like I was in a fluffy cloud and was so incredibly comfortable that I drifted off to sleep peacefully and slept better than usual. Every time since, I get a similar feeling when crawling into this bag. I cannot emphasize the comfort enough—it’s truly amazing.
Value for the money vs. other options
This sleeping bag is worth every penny. It has so many more comfort features than a cheaper option, and it is as much as I need in a bag compared to a more expensive option. Similar options would be the REI Magma 15 Women’s or the Big Agnes Daisy Mae 15.
The Nemo Disco 15 is the perfect bag for a blend of comfort, durability, and affordability. It is sustainably made, water resistant, and keeps me warm on cold nights while allowing the option to shed heat on warmer nights. I’m glad I did myself the favor and treated myself to the Disco!