For those of you who are not familiar with Basin + Range products, I was in the same boat before I tried the Uinta 20-Degree synthetic sleeping bag. Basin + Range gear is sold exclusively at Backcountry.com, and based on the quality of this sleeping bag, they seem to deliver well on their promise of ‘unmatched value’ in their products.
As far as synthetic sleeping bags go, it’s hard to imagine many serious improvements that could be made over the Uinta. I tested it throughout a week-long trip to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky where the temperature regularly dropped below 30 degrees after the sun went down, and not once did I find myself to be uncomfortably cold. Though it may not have gotten quite as cold as 20 degrees at the Gorge, I would say the bag holds true to its rating. In addition, the bag itself does not feel cheap in any way, and it seems highly durable.
There are a couple drawbacks to the Uinta. First and foremost (and really this applies to synthetically insulated sleeping bags in general) it would be hard to recommend this bag in any kind of backpacking situation. It is not impressively packable, and is a bit on the heavier side, but once again it is a synthetic bag, so this is not specific to the Uinta 20. Secondly, while having an inside pocket for stashing valuables is a great addition, the pocket itself is small. It is barely large enough to fit my phone, which is admittedly on the larger side but even a half of an inch of extra space in the pocket would have been appreciated.
All things aside, if you are looking for a sleeping bag to use in a casual camping situation that will keep you warm throughout non-extreme temperatures, look no further than the Uinta 20-Degree. This is a fantastic bag for the price, and I look forward to trying other Basin + Range products in the future.
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