On moderate summer nights, a blanket is all you want—and that’s precisely what the zipperless Cloak offers, but with smart, camping-specific features. The rectangular, 850-fill down quilt simply drapes around the sleeper (a weightier draft tube along the perimeter creates a “tucked-in” feel, but this is still an ultralight model for serious ounce-cutters). A sleeve at the bottom mates with a sleeping pad to keep feet covered and prevent the Cloak from drifting away. “It feels comfy and unrestrictive, like a bed rather than a sleeping bag,” says one tester, who pulled the cover to her chin on chilly nights, or tossed it aside to cool down—just like at home.
And it’s a smart choice for condensation-prone ultralight shelters, thanks to a DWR treatment on the 15-denier nylon shell and water-repellent down (from DownTek; see Shop Smart, opposite) that maintains loft through extended humidity. Bonus: The blanket style is more versatile than a sack-style mummy bag. Testers wrapped themselves in its warmth when sitting in camp and after a running race, when the Cloak minimized post-exertion chills. The premium down and minimalist design make it tiny when packed (the size of a liter bottle). But it’s not for big guys: Our broad-chested tester found it too narrow to seal out drafts (it stopped short of covering his back and chest when he slept on his side). $299; 1 lb.; 30°F; brooks-range.com
The Cloak Sleeping Bag is designed as a minimalist, lightweight sleeping system that can be partnered with any sleeping pad. Much like a down quilt for use in the backcountry, the Cloak uses only the top half of the sleeping bag, eliminating the need for zippers. The bottom portion has a short pocket to keep it attached to a sleeping pad. The Cloak offers a superior weight-to-warmth ratio with the use of 850 fill down that has been treated with DownTek water-resistant, anti-bacterial technology. The shell is constructed with lightweight but durable 15d Nylon DWR.