The new Western Mountaineering Tamarak is a half bag, or "elephant's foot" style bag. With a 5 foot length, the Tamarak comes up below the armpits on most people, but can be a full bag for kids and may come up over the shoulders on those who are below 5 feet 6 inches tall. Combined with other elements in a sleep system, it can make a warm bag for alpine climbs, kids, or those just looking to shave a few ounces.
The Tamarak comes in only one length and weighs a scanty 15 ounces. Western Mountaineering lists the loft at 4 inches, but the sample we saw seemed to have higher loft and may have approached 5 inches. The Tamarak is another option to cut a few ounces from your sleep system, and may be an especially good choice for those whose height makes this a nearly full length bag.
Features and Specifications
15 ounces manufacturer's specified weight
Half bag style, one length only (5 feet)
8 ounces of 850 fill power down
30 degree manufacturer's temperature rating
4 inches manufacturer's specified loft
Full length zipper
"Western Mountaineering Tamarak Sleeping Bag (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Don Wilson. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/western_mountaineering_tamarak_orwm2006.html, 2006-01-28 03:00:00-07.