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The right sleep system can make the difference between the trip of a lifetime and a freezing, miserable slog. Just ask our sleeping bag testers: Over the past year, they spent more than 500 nights outside, trying out every bit of backcountry bedding we sent their way. They slept through storms and went without tents, all to bring you this: The best sleeping bags and pads of the year.
Sleeping Bag Test Stats
Nights out: 554
Miles hiked: 5,952
Longest hike: 600+ miles (Colorado Trail)
Longest day: 42 miles (Continental Divide Trail near Monarch Pass, CO)
Hottest temp: 112°F (St. George, UT)
Coldest temp: -4°F (Ely, MN)
Wettest weather: 40°F (Nonstop sideways rain with multiple river crossings. And lightning. And a little hail, for good measure.)
Highest trip: 22,841 ft. (Aconcagua)
Most remote trip: Macchu Picchu to Ecuador
Editors’ Choice: Synmat Hyperlite Duo
A couple’s sleeping mat that’s light enough to bring backpacking? It sounds too good to be true, but believe us: The Synmat Hyperlite Duo is the real thing.