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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear ExtraLamina 20 Sleeping Bag

A roomy and comfortable bag built for big guys (or gals).

by: Ben Fullerton

Mountain Hardware ExtraLamina 20 (Courtesy Photo)
Mountain Hardware ExtraLamina 20 (Courtesy Photo)

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“On trips when weight and packed size weren’t a huge deal, it sure was nice to have the extra room and comfort of the ExtraLamina,” says our 6’5”, 220-pound tester. “The semi-rectangular cut and extra girth at the shoulders gave me some thrashing and sprawling room, which was a luxury after testing so many mummies,” he says. “And I liked that I could unzip this completely and­ use it as a quilt on a four-day car-camping trip in South Dakota’s Black Hills.”

More details boost the bag’s luxurious feel: Hardwear’s proprietary Thermic Micro synthetic fill feels almost as soft and fluffy as down, and the 40-denier polyester taffeta lining is as silky as some bed sheets. The seam-welded construction means the insulation is even throughout, with no sewn-through cold spots. It’s plenty warm into the 20s, our tester said, yet the footbox zipper let him air his toes when it turned warmer. $170; 3 lbs. 3 oz.; reg. and long; mountainhardwear.com

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