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Backpacker Magazine – March 2008

2008 Three-Season Sleeping Bag Reviews

by: The Backpacker Editors, Photos by Sethhughes.com

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GoLite Adrenaline 20
GoLite Adrenaline 20
Macpac Sanctuary 500 Light XP
Macpac Sanctuary 500 Light XP
Feathered Friends Hummingbird Nano
Feathered Friends Hummingbird Nano
Mountain Hardwear Spectre SL 20
Mountain Hardwear Spectre SL 20
Big Agnes King Solomon
Big Agnes King Solomon
Big Agnes Skinny Fish
Big Agnes Skinny Fish
Exped Woodpecker
Exped Woodpecker
Kelty Foraker 15
Kelty Foraker 15
Lafuma Pro 950
Lafuma Pro 950
Mammut Ajungilak Kira
Mammut Ajungilak Kira
Marmot EcoPro 15
Marmot EcoPro 15
Marmot Pinnacle
Marmot Pinnacle
MontBell Super Stretch Down Hugger #1
MontBell Super Stretch Down Hugger #1
Sierra Designs Trade Wind 15
Sierra Designs Trade Wind 15
Sierra Designs Verde 20
Sierra Designs Verde 20
The North Face Fission
The North Face Fission
Western Mountaineering Apache Super DL
Western Mountaineering Apache Super DL
Mountain Hardwear Ultramina 15
Mountain Hardwear Ultramina 15

*=Eco-Friendly

Sierra Designs Verde 20*
With a soft, fleecy Cocona lining–an antimicrobial fabric made in part with a coconut-husk byproduct–this 20°F mummy is one of the coziest of the new eco-sacks. Recycled content in the Climashield Green insulation and nylon shell fabric round out the Verde's green cred. And we can vouch for its warm cred: The women's version, called the Déjà Vu 20, kept our female tester toasty with its efficient cut. "I slept warm well below freezing because I didn't have to heat up excess length and chest space, and there were no cold spots along the zipper or seams," she said. Only nitpick: The hood bunches up a bit when cinched down to snorkel size. $179; 3 lbs. 2 oz.; 20°F

The North Face Fission
The holy grail of insulation? A synthetic fill that rivals down's compressibility and warmth-to-weight ratio. This bag's new Climashield Neo insulation comes darn close. The 20°F half-zip mummy weighs just a few feathers over 2 pounds, stuffs almost as small as competing down bags, and testers reported zero cold spots on 25°F nights. Neo's secret sauce: It's made of hollow and solid fibers formed into sheets, which mimics the loft and thermal efficiency of down. The contoured hood snugs gently around the face, and a wide zip vent at the foot lets you ventilate in warm weather or penguin-walk short distances around camp. Bummer: The 15-denier ripstop nylon shell is slippery on pads. $239; 2 lbs. 4 oz.; 20°F

Western Mountaineering Apache Super DL
If you're in the market for a one-bag quiver, this is it. Light, warm, and weatherproof, this 15°F mummy can handle everything from chilly shoulder-season conditions to soggy bivies to summer fast-and-light outings. Credit 850-fill down; a narrow, hyper-efficient 59-inch chest girth; and a Dryloft waterproof/breathable cover that kills wind and adds warmth. Caution: Some weight is saved by reducing the amount of down on the bottom, where it gets flattened anyway. That idea works well for back-sleepers, but is less effective for side-sleepers. Size note: Folks taller than 5'8" should opt for the long. $385; 2 lbs.; 15°F


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