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.; montbell.com. Pad: starting at $130; 13 oz.; cascadedesigns.com.