Big Agnes Sleeping Giant
Sleeping under the stars is magical except for one thing: the ground. It’s called terra “firma” because it’s hard, and you don’t have to be a princess for a pea/pinecone to give you fits all night.
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 20˚MSRP: $570 (reg); $600 (long) When it arrived, I thought Mountain Hardwear had sent an empty box. It felt like nothing, but viola, there was a sleeping bag inside. At just 1 pound … Continue reading "Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 20˚"
Patagonia 850 Down Sleeping Bag 19°F / -7°CIt’s been said that “Good things come to those who wait.” Patagonia waited forty-five years before launching an official line of bags, and after testing them this spring in the Sierra’s and in Alaska, it appears … Continue reading "Patagonia 850 Down Sleeping Bag 19°F / -7°C"
Patagonia 850 Down Sleeping Bag 30°F / -1°CNow, I introduce to you the lighter, more minimalist little brother of the 19 F. sleeping bag. This offering clocks in at only 24 oz. and compresses to the size of a loaf of bread. Like … Continue reading "Patagonia 850 Down Sleeping Bag 30°F / -1°C"
Patagonia Hybrid Sleeping BagAs a half-bag weighing in at only one pound that is compressible enough to fit into the top pocket of most packs, this is intended for light and fast alpinist climbing. A half-bag eliminates the redundant … Continue reading "Patagonia Hybrid Sleeping Bag"
Valandré Thor Neo and Odin NeoOne of the many cruxes, literally, of winter mountaineering is getting a good night’s sleep. Over the past December and January, I tested two sleeping bags—the Odin Neo (for use down to -22 degrees) and … Continue reading "Valandré Thor Neo and Odin Neo"
Marmot Helium 15 DegreeMarmot Helium (Membrain Shell) | $469 | 1 pound 15 ounces (nylon); 2 pounds 5 ounces Membrain | Rating 15 F | Field Rating 15 F Classic mummy, cut wider than the Feathered Friends … Continue reading "Marmot Helium 15 Degree"
Western Mountaineering VersaliteWestern Mountaineering Versalite $500 2 pounds Rating 10 F Field Rating 10 F If you are mostly using a reliable tent and you want a bag to take you comfortably from above freezing to … Continue reading "Western Mountaineering Versalite"
Montbell Ultralight Spiral Down Hugger 15 DegreeMont-bell Ultra Light Spiral Down Hugger # 1 | $329 | 2 pounds | Rating 15 F | Field Rating 20 If you feel confined in a mummy bag, the Down Hugger is the bag for you. … Continue reading "Montbell Ultralight Spiral Down Hugger 15 Degree"
Big Agnes ZirkelBig Agnes Zirkel | $399.95 | 2 pounds | Rating 20 F | Field Rating 25 F The Big Agnes Zirkel has no down on the bottom. Since the down you lay on gets crushed, and you … Continue reading "Big Agnes Zirkel"
Brooks Range Elephant FootBrooks-Range Elephant Foot | $249 | Alpini Mountain Hoody | $249 | 16 ounces (1 pound 6 ounces with hoody) | Rating 15 F | Field Rating low 20s | What we call a … Continue reading "Brooks Range Elephant Foot"
Feathered Friends SwallowFeathered Friends Swallow eVent shell | $489 | 2 pounds | Rating 20 F | Field Rating 15 F For open bivys and climbing with a tent in full conditions the Feathered Friends Swallow in eVent shell offers … Continue reading "Feathered Friends Swallow"
Valandre MirageValandre Mirage $445 short zipper $455 ¾-length zipper 1 pound 8 ounces for ¾-length zip 1 pound 6 ounces for 13-inch zip Rating 35 (comfort) to 8 F (extreme) Field Rating 23 F Valandre.com … Continue reading "Valandre Mirage"