sleeping bag reviews

A backpacker on the John Muir Trail overlooking the Cathedral Range in Yosemite National Park.

The Best Backpacking Gear for the John Muir Trail

By Michael Lanza So you’re planning to thru-hike the John Muir Trail and making all of the necessary preparations, and now you’re wondering: What’s the best gear for a JMT hike? Having thru-hiked the JMT as well as taken numerous other backpacking trips all over the High Sierra—mostly between late August and late September, which I consider that the best …

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Feathered Friends Snowbunting EX 0 sleeping bag.

Review: Feathered Friends Snowbunting EX 0 Sleeping Bag

Winter Sleeping Bag
Feathered Friends Snowbunting EX 0
$619, 2 lbs. 12 oz. (regular)
Sizes: regular and long ($644)
featheredfriends.com

On chilly nights of camping, nothing’s more popular than a fat sleeping bag. When sleeping outside in winter—or wintry temperatures—the Snowbunting EX 0 has become my bag of choice. Most recently, I slumbered peacefully and quite comfortably through three December nights without a tent outside a backcountry yurt in Idaho’s Boise Mountains—one of those nights dropping into the single digits Fahrenheit, and another featuring several hours of snow falling intermittently directly onto my bag, inside which I remained quite warm and dry. Super warm and well built, at a moderate weight, this bag functions well, depending on the user, for trips in temps from around its 0-degree rating to around freezing.

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Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 32F/0C sleeping bag.

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 32F Sleeping Bag

Ultralight Sleeping Bag Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 32F/0C $360, 1 lb. 1 oz. (regular) Sizes: small, regular, long backcountry.com Why spend more money on a sleeping bag? Logical question, of course. But for any backpacker eager to shave a pound or more and significant gear volume from his or her backpack, an ultralight down bag offers one of the best ways of …

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The Nemo Kyan 20 synthetic sleeping bag.

Review: Nemo Kyan 20/Azura 20 Sleeping Bag

Three-Season Sleeping BagNemo Kyan 20/Azura 20 $220, 2 lbs. 3 oz. (men’s regular) Sizes: men’s and women’s regular and long Moosejaw.com From sleeping under the stars in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains in August to a six-day backpacking trip on the Continental Divide Trail in Glacier National Park in September, I slept like a baby in Nemo’s Kyan 20. But even more …

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