Brand: NEMO Equipment, Inc.
Model: WS Rhapsody 15
Car campers who occasionally log backcountry nights found their ideal nest with the Strato Loft. Its rectangular cut and generous dimensions (girth is a full 76 inches at the shoulders) let campers thrash, lounge, and even sit up inside the bag, thanks to zippers on both sides. The extra-long top doubles over in a neck-cuddling “blanket fold,” and a stretchy sleeve on the underside secures a 25-inch-wide pad. “Like sleeping at home,” says one tester, who snoozed in blissful comfort in Wyoming’s Curt Gowdy State Park.
Waterproof/breathable fabric on the footbox protected the 700-fill, DownTek-treated duck down from puddles that had collected on the floor of one tester’s camper van. The DWR-treated, 40-denier shell is more durable than most: Stored alongside mountain bikes and dragged across parking-lot asphalt, it emerged unscathed. Two interior ditty pockets hold a lip balm and a pack of tissues. While not ultralight, the Strato isn’t too heavy for backpacking. “It packs to toaster-oven size, and seems a reasonable burden given the comfort,” one hiker says. But the extra room makes it chilly on nights approaching 30°F, when our tester struggled to heat it and concluded, “It’s best for warm sleepers or mild, 40°F conditions.” $370; 3 lbs. 1 oz.; 25°F; nemoequipment.com
Sleep true to form. Unlike conventional mummy shapes, our new 700 fill down Spoon Shape backpacking bags give you extra space where it matters most. Wide in the shoulders, the bag tapers down to the hips then gently flairs back out to allow room for your knees to naturally bend and shift throughout the night. This innovative bag profile offers restorative sleeping comfort while maintaining thermal efficiency and low weight. Details like the tuckable Blanket Fold and a waterproof-breathable footbox elevate comfort and protection for adventures near or far.