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I owned the zero degree and 45 degree bags in this line before I got the 32. Having slept in the 45 on colder nights I knew I needed another bag to split the difference because the zero degree bag retains some serious heat!
The day after I got this bag in the mail I left for a 4 day/3 night hike in the Cascades. First off, this bag packs down very small and comes with a great compression sack (as well as a larger bag for storage). It is light weight and is a great choice for anyone looking to go minimalist or packing for comfort.
The lows at night were probably upper 30s with a light breeze. As I always do on cooler nights, I boiled water and put it in my nalgene bottle and threw it into the foot end of my bag. Sleeping on top of a four season sleep pad I was borderline sweating as I fell asleep. Good thing this bag has a 3/4 length zip on one side and about a 1/3 length zip on the other side. It also has enough zippers to create arm holes in case you are the type that likes to flail their arms but keep your body warm at the same time. I tend to toss when I sleep and this bag had enough room to roll with me or stay put while I rolled inside. Bottom line, perfect size (I am 5'11", 180lbs).
By the morning the nalgene had cooled but I hadn't. In fact, my only complaint on this bag is fabric around the zipper area. It can tend to catch a little and if you and fumbling in the dark it can be a bit hard to get unstruck. The good news is that the fabric is tought and doesn't rip when this happens. Also, after you've slept in it a couple nights you'll get a feel for how to avoid getting it stuck in the first place.
Overall this is a great bag to complete my lineup. I can now pack for any trip and go with confidence knowing I'll stay perfectly warm no matter what the forecast is calling for.