“It’s Hyatt-level comfort for only a pound,” says one tester, who calls the ounce-shaving mummy shape and 3.5 inches of cushion “the ideal balance of efficiency and comfort.” Instead of using vertical or horizontal tubes, the Q-Core welds both types together in a quilt-like pattern that delivers outstanding stability.
“There’s no raft-like rebound when I roll over,” says a tester. A thin layer of synthetic insulation boosts the R-value to 4.5. In Colorado’s Park Range, our tester slept warm through a 20°F night—in a 30°F bag. Downside: The superlight nylon shell material requires TLC. $160; 1 lb.; 70” x 20” x 3.5”; bigagnes.com
We developed a unique method of construction for the Zor Series that provides the optimal combination of weight and insulation for minimalist exploration in all seasons. Zor XL gives the 'big and tall' backpacker a lightweight option in a larger size. NEMO's vertical and horizontal coring of the open cell foam minimizes weight while still providing insulation and self-inflation. Packs to 9 X 6.5.