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Backpacker Magazine – 2010 Editors' Choice/Gear Guide

Toughest Gear: Western Mountaineering Antelope Sleeping Bag

High-lofting warmth–without fail.

by: BACKPACKER Editors

Western Mountaineering Antelope (BP Photo Department)
Western Mountaineering Antelope (BP Photo Department)

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Picking a durability champ among bags is a coin flip between Feathered Friends and Western Mountaineering. Both companies focus on a single goal: make the highest-quality products by combining the best down with unparalleled craftsmanship.

The result: bags that consistently earn near-perfect scores in our tests.

If we had to pick one bag, we’d go with the Antelope. Northwest editor Mike Lanza (testing since ’94) offers this testimonial: “This 5°F mummy is so dependably warm, even 20 years after I bought it, that I never get to sleep in it—my wife always claims it.” $470; 2 lbs. 7 oz.; westernmountaineering.com




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Anonymous
Sep 28, 2012

Sounds amazing!

Rob St. John
Sep 06, 2011

After watching my main backpack partner use one of these for decades, I was always skeptical of down in the back country and avoid it like the plague. Instead, I used synthetic bags, mostly garage sale NOLS mountain hardware bags and MH Lamina series bags. Now that I'm planning on doing some of the long distance trail when I retire, I caved in and purchased an Antelope too.

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