Motorcycle camping has come a long way thanks to all the new innovations in lightweight gear. Having had my fill of setting up and packing bulky tents, shivering through cold nights and leaks during rain, I avoided camping with my motorcycle for many years.
Now, thanks to reliable, convenient and well-designed gear, I embrace it. Sierra Design’s Eleanor 19 sleeping bag, designed specifically for women, offers a perfect example why. You’ll think you’re sleeping on a cloud. Team it with Thermarest’s LuxuryLite Cot, reviewed here, to create the ultimate tent-sleeping experience. Given the cost, compact size and weight of the Eleanor 19, its perfect for any travel setting where clean, conventional bedding isn’t available.
The Eleanor 19 is a three-season sleeping bag rated to 19 degrees Fahrenheit according to the EN standard. The temperature ratings are calculated differently for women because women have a different metabolism, and feel heat differently. Sierra Designs uses the European Norm Scientific Test Method (EN) standard for evaluation, and rate their bags to the EN number as opposed to rounding up or down, hence the 19-degree rating. This bag is rated to the “Comfort” level listed on Sierra Designs website. The link is at the end of this article.
Should the bag get wet Sierra Designs claims it stays dry 10 times longer than untreated down, retains 170 percent more loft and dries 33 percent faster.There are a number of tabs conveniently located along the sides for hanging the bag to air it out or to dry.
During a week of desert camping, I stayed warm and cozy at temperatures that dipped to freezing. I’ve also used the Eleanor sleeping bag in warmer settings and left the zipper open, wrapping it around me like a blanket and that worked well too.
The Eleanor is a welcome sight for me after a long day of riding; it’s hard to get out of it in the morning. Having used a traditional mummy bag for years, I really appreciated the attention Sierra Designs has given to making this bag fit a woman’s shape and physiology. This sleeping bag and I are going to have many more restful nights together.
Suggested retail price is $299. For more information and to find a retailer near you, visit SierraDesigns.com.