“The best night of sleep I’ve ever had in the backcountry,” says our deputy editor, who couldn’t believe so much comfort could come in such a small package. He’s never had a good night’s rest in a traditional mummy bag, which enforces a straight-leg position that hog-ties knee-huggers, side-sleepers, and other restless bodies (about 50 percent of the population).
But the down-filled Nocturne uses an innovative hourglass design (NEMO calls it the “Spoon”) that’s tapered at the waist and feet—making it lighter than comparable rectangular bags, but wider at the knees than conventional mummies. “The ability to roll over and slide my legs up inside the bag gave me unfettered, home-like comfort,” our gear editor reports after a week in Tasmania. But shape is only one innovation. At the neck, an extra flap of insulation called the “blanket fold” acts like a mini down comforter: Unfold it outside of the bag for more neck venting, or pull it inside for a cozy seal. A pillow pocket inside the base of the hood is perfectly positioned to stuff a down jacket.
Waterproof/breathable fabric on the footbox repels tent condensation, and the bag is stuffed with water-repellent, 700-fill DownTek. Individual feathers are treated to resist moisture, giving it an extra layer of insurance in wet weather. From the arid canyons of Zion National Park to the soggy lakeshores along Maine’s Appalachian Trail, the Nocturne’s vertical baffles provided even warmth right down to the bag’s 30°F rating. Even our coldest-bodied camper called the Nocturne’s comforts “pioneering.” Says one tester, “If you crave more space than a mummy provides, this is your ticket to dreamland.” Couples bonus: the Nocturnes can be zipped together. Nocturne 15: $400; 2 lbs. 11 oz.; 15°F. Nocturne 30: $350; 2 lbs.; 30°F; nemosleepingbags.comWhen you dont know what Mother Nature has in store on your next camping trip, you can be prepared with the Chameleon Sleeping Bags that are perfectly suited for changing temperatures. The main feature of the Chameleon bag is the detachable cover that can add extra insulation for a colder night. When temps rise, you can simply zip off the top layer and have a bag that is just right. The Chameleon bag also features a full-length draft tune and collar, a drawstring hood and Invista Thermolite Quallo insulation for maximum warmth. The shell is made of ripstop nylon and the liner is made with polyester taffeta. The two-way zipper can also be zipped together with another bag.