Rating: 4 / 5
Nice review, Mitchell. After our discussion here about this bag back in April, I had a serious hankering after this bag. I really had no need of another bag and managed to resist until the Memorial Day sale at campsaver.com. After trying this bag in the field, I think I'll be donating some of my older bags to the Boy Scouts.
I agree with pretty much everything you wrote in your review. However, I'm 5'9" and 150 lbs., so the sizing of the bag, even while wearing an insulated jacket, was not a problem. As an active sleeper, I found that I had plenty of room to toss and turn to my heart's delight. The elastic bands keep the outside air from infiltrating the bag.
One morning I woke up and was surprised to find that the outside temperature was 23F. I was inside a tent, wearing a lightweight base layer, insulated jacket,socks and a hat. So I think I've found a lightweight synthetic bag that will take a cool sleeper down to 20F.
My bag weighs 33 oz. even on my scale, one ounce below spec.
Like you, I downgraded the bag because I think some of the specs are a bit misleading. According to the charts, I should be able to fit into a regular size bag. When I tried on a regular, it was too snug for my taste, especially while wearing an insulated jacket. The long size fit me well, with a few inches left at the foot. But I question whether a 6'4" person could even fit into this bag.
In summary, I think this bag is an excellent choice if you are looking for a lightweight synthetic. Ideally, look for one locally that you can try on. If you go mail order, be aware of the sizing issues.