Bought the LARGE size for sleeping in my toy box with…
28 January 2012
Summary: Bought the LARGE size for sleeping in my toy box with the furnace set to 55 to conserve gas and battery or in the back of the pickup when I'm car camping in the desert and it isn't going to get much below 40. Using my rule of thumb for cheap bags that you add 20 degrees to the specified temp rating to get the "you won't be shivering" rating, it works as expected. Has plenty of room, cost $40 and hasn't lost too much loft in the 20 to 30 nights I have slept in it.
The Mistral was my first mummy bag. I made the purchase…
28 September 2011
Summary: The Mistral was my first mummy bag. I made the purchase around 2001 or before (so, I'm guessing it's not the version for sale today). My purchase was based on the fact that I thought I would be getting an inexpensive, do-it-all bag. I thought I could take it car camping and when I was ready to go backpacking it would make the transition. I thought I could use it (because of the 20 deg f. temperature rating) in a gazillion situations! And it was a mummy!
I bought this bag because I wanted a cheap synthetic…
24 January 2007
Summary: I bought this bag because I wanted a cheap synthetic bag for car camping and heavy abuse. I've owned many very pricey down bags which I use backpacking and climbing, but didn't want to subject to the tortures of car camping: bonfires, muddy dogs, etc. The Mistral was the ticket. The proprietary synthetic insulation is very poor quality and lost loft almost instantaneously--far faster than bags with Polarguard, for instance.
I love this sleeping bag. It's got a real quality…
6 September 2005
Summary: I love this sleeping bag. It's got a real quality feel and it's very soft and cozy. It doesn't get that cold here in Texas, but it gets windy and stormy. It kept me warm on a 50 or so degree windy night with lots of wind blowing through the tent. I sleep very cold, so I was impressed that I stayed cozy all night with all that wind and humidity. I also didn't get too warm on a normal (70s) night sleeping with it, so I'm very happy with it.
Good bag..it will keep you warm. There is a downside,…
28 February 2005
Summary: Good bag..it will keep you warm. There is a downside, it is a little heavy and larger than you may want. I used on one trip and it go a little damp, but if able to air out, it can dry off quickly. Overall for price good bag, but if you search, you may be able to find a lighter and smaller bag for 10 bucks more. Probably worth the 10 extra dollars.
I recently bought the Kelty Mistral. I have got a…
15 November 2004
Summary: I recently bought the Kelty Mistral. I have got a chance to use it while backpacking in Grason Highlands, Va. It got down to about 25+- degrees w/windchill. I was plenty warm until my cheap #*&@ tent blew down on me. It got plenty wet, but dried out in the morning while I was hiking. We moved our tent to a valley the second night where there was no wind. I stayed very warm while the temperature got a good deal below freezing.