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Backpacker Magazine – January 2011

Reader Rated: The Ultralighter

Cut weight, not comfort, in three core categories.

by: Dan Larson

Jacks 'R Better High Sierra Sniveller (Courtesy Photo)
Jacks 'R Better High Sierra Sniveller (Courtesy Photo)


Gear Review: Jacks 'R Better High Sierra Sniveller Sleeping Bag


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Gear Review: Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus Backpack


MEET THE READER TESTER
Dan Larson, 41

5’7”; 140 lbs.
> Copywriter
> Portland, OR
> Test terrain 450 miles along the PCT and elsewhere in WA and OR
> Gear P.O.V. “I’ve chased the ultralight ethic for 12 years. With lots of experimenting—and the help of this specialized gear—I’ve cut my base weight to 12 pounds.”


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Would this sleeping bag work for side sleepers?

Steve
Jan 19, 2011

After reading about quilts I used my lightweight sleeping bag as a quilt and loved it. So I bought a Jacks R Better quilt (Shenandoah) but found it didn't have the coverage I wanted (I'm 6-0' tall and 140 lbs). I bought a Montbell UL bag and love it as a quilt with the option to zip up in a mummy bag if the temps dip lower than a quilt can handle.

Steve
Jan 19, 2011

After reading about quilts I used my lightweight sleeping bag as a quilt and loved it. So I bought a Jacks R Better quilt (Shenandoah) but found it didn't have the coverage I wanted (I'm 6-0' tall and 140 lbs). I bought a Montbell UL bag and love it as a quilt with the option to zip up in a mummy bag if the temps dip lower than a quilt can handle.

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