Despite its light weight, this 15°F bag is not the best choice for alpine starts, as our tester learned the hard way. “I’ve never had such a hard time getting out of a sleeping bag,” he says. “I was just too cozy.” With stretchy nylon shell fabric, diagonal baffles, and seams sewn with elasticized thread, the Hugger has the roominess of a big-boy bag, but the weight and quick heat-up time of an ultralight cocoon (an earlier version won our Editors’ Choice Award in 2009). And the 800-fill down bag has an incredible comfort range.
The overstuffed draft collar, double draft tubes, and snug hood kept testers warm in the teens (no surprise). Yet the breathability of the 12-denier nylon shell and the ventability of the three-quarter-length, two-way zipper let one tester sleep sweat-free in the low 60s in humid Vermont (nice surprise). And the DWR-treated shell is effective, says a tester: “I spent a gusty night in a floorless tent on Colorado’s St. Mary’s Glacier. Spindrift melted and pooled on the bag all night, but not a drop came through.” $379; 2 lbs. 7 oz. (long); reg. and long; montbell.us The third generation (3G) Selk'bag Sleepwear System for adults by Musuc boasts large advancements over prior versions of the Selk'bag. Selk'bag 3G features baffled construction, oversized and insulated zipper draft tubes, an insulated draft collar, chest pocket for mp3 players, a durable rip-stop nylon shell with DWR finish, and slip pads on the feet. Selk'bag 3G also includes the regular features Selk'bag users have come to love, like separated arms and legs for easier movement, better sleep, and wearer convenience, hand openings featuring two-way zippers, leg vents, a handy hip-pocket/fly zipper, and durable nylon soles for use on any surface. Three sizes for adults (M-L-XL). Down and kids versions also available.