The Never Winter is an ideal summer bag for camping and river trips, but it also has enough down insulation to keep you warm when frost is in the air.
Basically the EN graphic shows a temperature range:
Comfort Limit The first number is based on a standard woman having a comfortable nights sleep
Lower Limit The next number is based on a standard man at the lowest temp to have a comfortable nights sleep
Extreme Rating The last number is a survival rating for a standard woman
For example, the rating on our Pinnacle 15° Sleeping Bag shows:
Comfort Limit 22.2 degrees
Lower Limit 10 degrees
Extreme Rating Minus 24.7 degrees
In this example, if a woman who sleeps cold is planning a trip with expected lows between 15 and 25 degrees, she could definitely use the Pinnacle 15 bag. But she may instead consider buying a zero degree bag to sleep more comfortably at the lower temperatures.
Marmot began as a sleeping bag company and we continue to pioneer performance, value and insulation standards in the outdoor industry. All Marmot sleeping bags are EN tested to ensure quality and performance. During the development process, we send all samples to the Thelma Testing Center in Norway. We continually use the Thelma Center to achieve continuity in our results.
What is the EN 13537 test? EN, short for European Norm, is a government test for sleeping bags.
How is the EN test conducted? First let's be clear that it is challenging to test temp ratings because there are so many variables. Every person will sleep differently in the same bag. Choices like clothing, sleeping pad, tent or no tent, eating and drinking before bed can all affect one's sleeping experience. For the EN test, a copper mannequin named Charlie is fitted with 20 sensors and a clothing layer (top, bottom, and socks) that provide a consistent thermal value. The mannequin is placed in the sleeping bag and put onto a wood platform roughly 12mm thick. The board is held above the floor with some support which allows air circulation under the board. The board is covered with a mattress that has a consistent thermal value then placed in a cold room. A mathematical formula is used to measure the data received from the sensors based on human modeling.
Why is there an EN Test hangtag on Marmot bags? Marmot sleeping bags sold in Europe require this testing and hangtag. We include this hangtag on all of our bags, as we believe it is the most reliable and accurate measure of the performance of a sleeping bag currently available.
How does EN testing differ from other methods and is it better? When Marmot first started testing bags, especially when we used Gore-Tex® fabric, our designers would go into meat lockers and sleep over night. Once they were able to sleep through the night they looked at the amount of fill to determine the temp range. Nowadays it is a bit more scientific. The testing method used in the US is very similar to the EN test. They use a copper mannequin, but the clothing, pad, and math formula are different. Again we feel the EN test is the most reliable and accurate measure of the performance of a sleeping bag currently available.
Has the feedback from the EN testing improved the designs of Marmot bags? Yes it has. The vast majority of our bags have tested to our current temp ratings. In some cases, the tests showed our bags were actually warmer than the rating we gave it. In another instance, there was a spot that showed room for improvement which led to more efficient baffle construction. With our baseline testing started in 2004, we can now measure improvement over time through new fabrics, insulation, and construction techniques.
Will the EN test become an industry wide standard? That is unknown. Currently our industry can't agree on how the testing should be done because of all the variables. The European government has stepped in and taken control of standardized testing. For the meantime, Marmot will continue to test with the EN standard.
Marmot rating vs. EN rating? Marmot's assigned temperatures are comparable to the EN lower limit rating. During Marmot's development process we send all samples to the Thelma Testing Center in Norway. Continually using the Thelma Center allows us to achieve continuity in our results.
Why do we encourage proper care of our clothing and gear?
Because you have invested in (or are thinking about investing in) one of the most technically advanced pieces of apparel or equipment you'll ever own and we want to make sure you have the information you need to protect and care for your purchase. Proper care assures you will optimize the performance of your Marmot product and maximize its service-life.
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