Readers' Choice 2014: Vaude Cheyenne 500 Sleeping Bag
A supremely comfortable bag for mild-weather backpacking trips and car camps.
Model: Cheyenne 500
[comfortable down bag]
Why I love it With a roomy shoulder cut, a silky polyester liner, and a hood that opens flat or cinches down close, the Cheyenne is supremely comfortable for mild-weather backpacking trips and car camps.
Warmth I sleep cold, but this bag kept me toasty down to 40°F in Zion National Park—without my standard beanie and extra layers.
Packability The less expensive 500-fill down isn’t as light or packable as higher fill powers; the included compression sack gets it down to 10 by 8 inches. $190; 3 lbs. 1 oz.; 35°F; libertymountain.com
Jon Bausman, 28
Hometown – Indianapolis, IN
Day job – Digital consultant