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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2009
Your complete guide to choosing, fitting, and using essential winter gear.
Features The keys to warmth in winter (besides extra insulation): a beefy draft collar–an insulated tube running along the top of the bag that keeps warm air from escaping around your neck–and a draft tube along the inside of the zipper. Also look for a water-resistant shell fabric that sheds condensation.
Size Usually sleep with hot-water bottles or extra clothes stuffed into your bag? Size a winter sack with all extras included; otherwise, a too-tight fit will compress the insulation and chill you.