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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2012

Editors' Choice 2012: Feathered Friends Spoonbill

Couples camping just got a whole lot better–and lighter–with this down bag built for two.

by: The Backpacker Editors

Feathered Friends Spoonbill (Ben Fullerton)
Feathered Friends Spoonbill (Ben Fullerton)

Who says ultralight can’t be sexy? This double bag weighs little more than many single sacks in its temp category, but lets you and your sweetie share, er, warmth. “I’ve zipped bags together and tried heavier doubles,” says one tester. “This is a revelation.” The 900-fill love nest is much more than an extra-wide bag. The key innovation: Independently adjustable hoods, draft collars, and footboxes that maximize insulation in subfreezing temps.

Feathered Friends says the complex design took eight years to develop. Premium down, wispy Pertex UL fabric, and the absence of bottom insulation further reduce weight. The Spoonbill has no official rating, but our consensus: Five inches of loft and shared warmth make this a legit winter (above zero) bag. Our testers had to open the individual, two-way zippers because they found the bag too warm on a 25°F night in Arizona. Bonus: The Spoonbill fit our 6’6” tester. $800; 2 lbs. 9 oz. (reg.); two lengths; also available with 850-fill and Schoeller Nanospshere shell for $100 less; featheredfriends.com

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I was skeptical about investing in this bag but my hesitation was misplaced. The weight savings of this bag are definitely worth it for my needs and the hood/collar system is remarkably effective.

What the Backpacker review doesn't mention is that the bag design allows you to cut two foam pads to fit inside the sleeping bag. This way you never roll off your pad and end up taking about 1.5 ground pads instead of 2, further enhancing weight savings.

Another brilliant innovation from Feathered Friends. This bag is specialized, so not something I use on every trip but when I need it the Spoonbill is great.

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