Outdoors 55

Published on November 11th, 2005 | by Greg


Cirque du Sleep

We have to admit to finding the title a tad pretentious as well. But please, look past the French, because today we’re taking a look at the Cirque sleeping bag by Sierra Designs.

Professional campers, we are not, but every now and then our visitors become simply too much to handle and we send them to brave the great outdoors. They’d complain even more though if they were uncomfortable, so we send them off with a sleeping bag, and maybe a candle if they’re lucky. All of this is to lead into the fact that our visitors fight over the best sleeping bag- the Cirque.

Sure, few will appreciate the fact that it won the Backpacker Magazine Editor’s Choice Award of 2004, but they’ll definitely appreciate the waterproof (not water-absorbing like others) shell that also is impervious to the wind and dew that can make camping outside of a tent less than enjoyable. Hawaii has it’s fair share of rain, but doesn’t get too cold, so a bag like the Cirque is perfect: rated down to -18C, it isn’t over-insulated, and the goose down filling is absolutely wonderful. Other features like “baffle construction” may be, well, baffling, but you can certainly appreciate the glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls, and the snag free zipper tracks. Best of all, the bag comes in a “long” version that is perfect for those who find typical sleeping bags a bit short.

It may set you back a bit ($200 or so), but that is still much less than other waterproof bags. Unless you need something for colder weather or are looking for something for only once-a-year use, it’s hard to imagine a better sleeping bag than the Cirque.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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