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We designed the Tanager to meet customer requests for a pared down, ultralight 20 degree sleeping bag. When we started sourcing materials for this bag we thought no way will a 7 denier fabric hold up to the abuses of a long haul hike...but our testers on the PCT and CDT proved us wrong. The incredibly light fabric, premium 950 fill down, and streamlined design that foregoes a zipper and hood makes this the bag you want in your pack if weight is the ultimate consideration. For maximum efficiency and warmth in cooler temps, pair the bag with a lightweight, hooded down jacket, like the Eos.
Ideal for: Thru Hiking, Ultralight Backpacking, Alpinism, Emergency Bivy
CFL: Crazy Freaking Light. Pertex® Quantum® 7 denier water-resistant/breathable fabric.
- Drawcord closing around the collar to cinch down opening and keep heat in.
- No zipper to conserve weight and bulk
- Made with new Pertex® Quantum® 7dx5d fabric with DWR
- May be worn with a lightweight hooded down jacket for additional warmth. Designed to be worn with our Eos jacket.
- Intended for ultralight hikers and alpine climbers for whom every ounce counts.
- Color: Citron
- Stuff sack and cotton storage bag included
68" 68" / 173 cm
74" 74" / 188 cm
|Dimensions||62" shoulder / 52" hip / 38" footbox|
|Shell||Pertex® Quantum® 7|
|Lining||Flite 15 denier ripstop nylon|
|Fill Power||950+ Goose Down|
|Origin||Made in the USA from imported materials|
|Temp Rating||20ºF / -6.67ºC|
68” 12.6 oz / 357 g
74” 13.3 oz / 377 g
68” 1 lb 2.6 oz / 527 g
74” 1 lb 3.7 oz / 558 g
very technical bag that works
First of all: me: 61 yrs old, 5'10" 190 lbs. kinda broad shoulders, long torso, long arms; I chose the 74" version. This bag rocked it on a 5 day trip in Kings Canyon and was so warm even on the coldest night (randomly plummeting temps camped on damp ground in a bowl- lake above 10,000 ft which "featured" snow/ice fields everywhere with runoff requested- and granted) on a Thermarest x-light NXT pad (jury out on that one). Second of all: I never open my bag at night to vent even though I sleep warm and generally never need to sleep with leg(s) sticking out etc. or use my bag as a comforter... and I have kind of an arsenal of bags. My goal with the Tanager was simple: sleep in a tube with super high quality down and minimal weight and the Tanager NAILED it. I quickly figured out the optimal sleep scenario for my body was a merino hoody, briefs, and nothing else. I was perfect and the bag breathed better, that way. I will add that condensation was not a hindrance even the one night I had that in my tent, with a simple microfiber cloth I wiped off "the wet" on the top sections of the bag and was able to lay the bag out in the morning after sun-up for a half-hour before stuffing it back up in the pack for the day. My recommendation is this: if you are tied to one bag or maybe even two - at the most - I don't know if this is for you. If you are *not* claustrophobic and can sleep in a "tube" and are reasonably certain the temps are going to be on the colder side (whatever that means for you) just know the bag works, as designed. If you are even a touch claustrophobic, look into the Flicker, which I also have, or a bag with a full zipper. For me, having a 20 degree bag that weighed just under 20 oz was critical given my age, my weight, my fitness-- and I didn't mind wriggling into (and out of) a long sleeping "tube" -- plus the fact bear canisters were mandatory (and micro-spikes) which added weight I otherwise would not have had to carry in my pack. In short, happy with my purchase. FF makes great stuff. Other FF gear I own: Flicker (UL "wide" 30 degrees), Condor (YF long, 30 degrees), and EOS '23 hooded jacket, size XL)
Tanger 68in over stuffed with 3 additional Oz of down
Excellent, in 5’ 9” and the 68in fits me perfectly! So warm and very comfortable. Amazed by how well it lifts and ultra light weight!
My go-to 3 season bag.
I’ve had my Tanager for two seasons and a couple of dozen nights, including nighttime temps into the mid- to upper 20s. Used as it’s supposed to be used—with a light hooded down jacket, warm thermal pants and some down socks—the bag is a champ. On one night of 32 degrees I took the down jacket off and just put on a cap as I was too warm otherwise. In a pinch I can even use it during temps in the 50s by simply leaving more of my upper body out of the bag. The quality is terrific, the zipless design was easy to get used to, and the weight was exactly as advertised. If you’re looking for a super lightweight 3-season bag, this is it.
What I’ve come to expect
I’ve had very limited time in this bag but I had high expectations and hopes. For expectations: I already have two Flickers (20 and 40 UL wides) and have been super impressed with the craftsmanship, comfort, durability, and warmth of them (and incredible flexibility with the Flickers), so I expected the Tanager be similar. It is. For hopes: I’d hoped that I could love the form factor of this bag in addition to, but not in spite of its weight. So far so good. I’m enjoying it’s straightforward approach.
This sleeping bag is a home run and much more versatile than the similarly purposed Vireo. It's my go-to alpine climbing bag year-round except for Rainier in the winter. The sleeping bag is warm and the fabric is surprisingly durable and resistant to condensation. I find the temperature rating to be consistent with other Feathered Friends down sleeping bags. If you haven't used a hoodless design before, know that you'll need learn simple techniques to keep your head warm such as wearing your hoods to bed and using a balaclava in colder weather. Learning this simple skill is worth the weight savings when every ounce counts. Now if only Feathered Friends would make 0 deg and -20 deg bags with the same fabric for higher elevation alpine pursuits!