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Backpacker Magazine – October 2008
From ultra-warm to ultralight, here are the year's best-performing bags in every category.
We tested nearly 50 sleeping bags to find these top choices. To winnow the field, our crew risked their zzzzs from the arctic cold of Alaska's glaciers to month-long treks in China and Nepal. No matter what type of bag you need, we found the best in class.
Mountain Hardwear Phantom 15
"It's like sleeping in a superheated cloud," said one tester, describing why this bag was a unanimous favorite for all-purpose performance. Ultralight materials–800-fill down and a 15-denier, DWR- treated nylon shell–make the warmth-to-weight astounding, and it's still plenty durable and resistant to condensation. The double-yoked, cinchable draft collar prevents cold air from jetting into the bag when you roll over. A zippered pocket at collarbone level keeps an alarm within earshot. And the shape is efficient, not constricting, with zero cold spots. Bonus: The shell fabric is more breathable than with previous versions, eliminating clamminess. One gripe: The zipper sticks where it curves around from shoulder to cheek. Reader Service #101
> Sizes men's 78"/84"; women's 70"/76"
> Rating 15°F
> Weight 2 lbs. 3 oz.
> Price $355
> Info mountainhardwear.com
Cheaper: Mountain Hardwear's synthetic fill Ultra-Lamina 15 has welded seams to reduce bulk and improve moisture resistance. $195; 15°F; 2 lbs. 13 oz.; mountainhardwear.com. Reader Service #102