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Time-Tested Gear: Sleeping Bags and Pads

Many starry nights–and a handful of miserable ones–revealed the best bags and pads over the years.
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MontBell’s UL Spiral Down Hugger #1 (Photo by Steve Howe)

Editors’ Choice Hall of Fame
Get the ultimate payoff from your backcountry bed—a light load and a deep sleep—with this bag/pad combo (both earned EC Awards in 2009). MontBell’s UL Spiral Down Hugger #1, with 800-fill down, has unique diagonal baffles that maximize thrashing room without sacrificing thermal efficiency. Therm-a-Rest’s Neo Air is astoundingly warm and 2.5 inches thick, yet it packs down to the size of a pint glass. Bag: $329; 2 lbs.; Pad: starting at $130; 13 oz.;

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