SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – March 2008

2008 Three-Season Sleeping Bag Reviews

by: The Backpacker Editors, Photos by Sethhughes.com


*=Eco-Friendly

Best All-Around
GoLite Adrenaline 20
The world consists of two kinds of people: side-sleepers and back-sleepers. Yet most sleeping bags are made with the latter in mind, and the former end up in a tangle of nylon. This 20°F, 800-fill down bag is made with a half-length center zip, which reduces weight and bulk and pleased both back- and side-sleeping testers. During a week in the Tetons with lows in the mid 20s, our tester reported, "The bag was plenty warm when I wore just a light base layer. When weather was warmer, the half-length center zip ventilated just fine, and it was easy to reach when I was semi-conscious." Waterproof/breathable Pertex Endurance protects the hood and foot against condensation. $325; 2 lbs. 1 oz.; 20°F

Best Buy
Macpac Sanctuary 500 Light XP
If you covet the performance of a weatherproof, premium down bag but think the price is out of range, put this bag on your to-snooze list. It's stuffed with 750-fill feathers and covered with a waterproof/breathable shell. Our tester cocooned inside for nine straight hours on a night in the mid-20s and reported no cold spots (though he said all but the warmest sleepers should consider the bag's 10°F rating optimistic by about 5 degrees). So where's the tradeoff? Interior space. Don't expect to roll around much in this slender sleeper. Bonus: It comes with a seam-taped, roll-top stuff sack. $275, 2 lbs. 4 oz.; 10°F

Top Ultralight
Feathered Friends Hummingbird Nano
Ounce for ounce, this is one of the warmest bags we've ever tested. The trim, high-lofting 850-fill mummy lived up to its 20°F rating despite its summer-sack proportions: "It stuffs so tiny I could throw it into my hydration pack as an emergency bivy for long trail runs," one tester said. The microfiber Nano cover doesn't totally block wind, but it repels light rain and tent condensation thanks to an effective DWR treatment. Cool feature: the snap hood closure, which never scratched faces or worked loose. Sizing note: The narrow cut is best for slender folks. (The Egret is the women's version, and Feathered Friends bags are available in numerous zipper and fabric options.) As tested: $334; 1 lb. 10 oz.; 20°F



Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

Health and Fitness
2014 fitness updates
Posted On: Aug 22, 2014
Submitted By: RebeccaD
Rocky Mountains
Who Has Plans in the Winds This Year?
Posted On: Aug 22, 2014
Submitted By: OldBill

Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions