For a synthetic bag, the V Notch UL packs down to an impressively small size. “Because it compresses to about the equivalent of a football, I was able to stuff it in my overfull pack for the 9-hour slog to Margy’s Hut outside Aspen, Colorado,” one tester says. He found the plastic zipper guide “delightful” because it eliminated snags as he zipped it up, but was less thrilled with the hood, which doesn’t provide a lot of coverage. The V Notch UL lived up to its temp rating on a chilly summer night in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
$190; 1 lb. 6 oz.; regular, long; 40°F