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Gear Guide 2009: The North Face Chrysalis Sleeping Bag Review

Want a great bag at a great price? Look no further than the Chrysalis.
North Face, Sleeping bag, three season bag, Gear Guide 2009, gearThe North Face Chrysalis (www.sethhughes.com)

Killer Deal
Champagne taste, beer budget? Get the Chrysalis. "It’s incredibly well-built and warm for the price," summed up one tester after trips from Alaska to Colorado. "A great buy for high-mileage users." You get plenty of 600-fill down, a 62-inch shoulder girth for wider-than-average interior space, and a water-resistant ripstop nylon shell.

And there’s nothing cheap about the details: The hood’s face muff nestles perfectly, the draft yoke seals out the chill, and closures and zip sliders work smoothly. There’s even a welded pocket on the outside for a watch or other widgets. It’s not ultralight, just ultrafunctional. $209; 2 lbs. 12 oz.; 15°F

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