One key issue with most ultra-lightweight sleeping bags is they’re super snug and, if you’re a larger build or broad-shouldered, they don’t allow for much movement besides lying on your back. Well, Nemo has come to the rescue with a range of Spoon bags that provide enough space for side sleepers!
According to Nemo, “Seventy percent of people sleep on their side, yet mummy bags are not designed to accommodate this. Nemo’s unique Spoon-shaped bags offer more room at the elbows and knees, allowing side sleepers to shift positions comfortably throughout the night.” Nemo offers three variants: the Relaxed Spoon (the Tempo) is the company’s most generous and roomy, the Classic Spoon (Forte) provides a balance between packability and comfort, and the Ultralight Spoon (Riff) is intended for the “ounce-shaving, space-saving adventurer.” As an exploration photographer, I was most intrigued by the Ultralight Spoon option, the Riff.
The Riff is Nemo’s “top-of-the-line backcountry-oriented Spoon-shaped sleeping bag.” This three-season, 800-fill-power, hydrophobic, 100-percent RDS-certified down bag offers a more athletic cut and manages to conserve space and be extremely lightweight at 1.13 pounds (825 grams). Nemo is renowned for its innovation, and the Riff is no different. By carefully trimming the curves and providing additional play at the knees/elbows, it manages to be both ultra-lightweight and roomy. Furthermore, the sleeping bag is packed with features, including Thermo Gills, which help regulate temperature; Blanket Fold, offering tucked-in comfort; and a waterproof /breathable footbox to withstand tent condensation. Additionally, the left-sided zippers on men’s options and right-sided zippers on women’s allow Riffs to zip together to create a double bag. Finally, it includes a full-length double slider zipper, integrated pillow pocket, and Nemo’s lifetime warranty.
Nemo has been on my radar for some time, but it was only when I shared their 2021 Collection that I fully realised what an incredible company they are. If you have a moment, I recommend heading over to the company website (linked below) and checking out the impressive product development that goes into all of their equipment. Spoon bags are another example of Nemo standing by its ethos of taking existing designs and making them better. The company took a classic blueprint and redesigned it to retain all the functionality without the drawbacks. These ingenious modifications ensure the Riff is no heavier than the lightest competitors yet has more space and comfort. Nemo manages to do all this at a price that’s highly competitive. What’s not to like?
$350 (Regular, 30°– Blaze/Deep Water) | nemoequipment.com