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EMS LT 20 The EMS LT 20
Review By Chris

Quick Facts
(And Overall Rating)
Insulation Thinsulate Lite Loft
Bag Style Mummy
Shell Material Pertex Nylon Ripstop with Teflon
Mfr. Temperature Range 20 oF

Since I never intentionally go out and buy crappy gear, I did a little research before buying the EMS LT 20. As the astute who have checked out the "About Us" page already know, I'm 6'2", and don't fit into regular length bags very easily. So my initial criteria were simple – my new bag had to come in long length. From there, I wanted a light bag with plenty of shoulder room, a pocket for night time storage, draft tube, a water repellent shell, and a draw cord for the hood. These things were not negotiable, and I found them all in several bags. From there, I needed to determine which additional features would make the sale for me. After much debate over down vs. synthetic fill, a whittled my choice down to two bags: the EMS LT 20, and the Sierra Designs Wild Bill (which Rob has reviewed – click here). So like an intelligent backpacker, I damned the torpedoes, took off my shoes, and climbed into each bag to test for fit. In the end, the only thing that swayed me was the fit in the shoulder area – the EMS bag had a little more room.

The EMS LT 20 is definitely what the company bills it to be: a lightweight, tough, warm, backpacking sleeping bag. The fleece lined storage bag does a great job of reducing the 6'7" long bag into a small 20" x 6" sack, and is water repellent. The drawcords do a good job of keeping the bag closed, which I have come to appreciate when that flash rainstorm hits. The mummy design has enough room to move your feet and legs around during those restless nights, or in case you need to kick some snoring jerk in your tent. The two-way zipper is easy to use and leaves enough of a cuff at the base of the bag to keep your feet comfortable when it's warm enough to unzip. One of my favorite features of the LT 20 is it's water resistance. In NH, the weather can range from 80º during the day to 40º at night. This change has a tendency to create a fair amount of condensation, even when your tent is properly ventilated. The LT 20 has never allowed any moisture to reach my feet, even during the night I forgot to open the tent up for ventilation and woke up in a puddle.

The EMS LT 20 features:

  • Pertex Nylon Ripstop shell with Teflon
  • Nylon Taffeta lining
  • Thinsulate® Lite Loft Insulation
  • Shingled Construction
  • Fleece Lined Stuff Sack
  • Draft Tube
  • Draw Corded Hood
  • Pad Sleeve for Sleeping Pad
  • Hook and Loop Chest Closure
  • Chest Pocket
  • Hang Loops at foot

My experience with this bag has been nothing but positive. I have never woken up cold, wet, or uncomfortable. There is enough room to move around, although bending ones legs is difficult. Stuffing the bag into its sack is easy, but there is no wasted room. Construction is sturdy, but the insulation is not bulky and irritating. In short, this is a quality sleeping bag that holds up to many different conditions.

The EMS LT 20 is manufactured by EMS and can be purchased online if you like paying retail plus shipping charges.


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