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Backpacker Magazine – October 2008
From ultra-warm to ultralight, here are the year's best-performing bags in every category.
Exped Arctic Goose WB
If you lose sleep in this -15°F-rated bag, it won't be because you're cold. "In conditions where other bags have left me miserable, this one was as warm as my down comforter at home–even when an inch-deep puddle of slush accumulated under me," said a Minnesota tester after a late-winter trip into the Boundary Waters. Another tester slept warm down to -25°F in the Adirondack High Peaks. Welded seams and a Pertex Endurance shell protect the ultra-lofty 750-fill down and make it functionally waterproof in frigid temps. An additional Pertex Endurance layer inside the hood keeps condensed breath from soaking the feathers. An external storm flap on the zipper seals out drafts, the hood cinches down to blowhole size, and the interior is roomy enough to accommodate extra layers, inner boots, and fuel canisters. Reader Service #105
> Sizes 75"/83"
> Rating -15°F
> Weight 4 lbs. 10 oz.
> Price $540
> Info outdoorresearch.com
Lighter: GoLite's Adrenaline 0 earned an Editors' Choice Award (April 2008) for weight-saving features like a center zip, efficient cut, and lofty 800-fill down. $400; 0°F; 2 lbs. 12 oz.; golite.com. Reader Service #106