The 6 Best Ultralight Sleeping Bags On The Market

When it comes to ultralight backpacking, the weight of every piece of gear is critical to achieving your overall goal. Many backpackers focus on the ‘Big Three’ because that is where the biggest impact on weight is usually found (backpack, shelter, sleeping bag). We will be writing a series for the big three on ‘best’ ultralight options for backpacks and shelters, so keep an eye out for those articles to come in the future. Below, we will go over the top 6 ultralight sleeping bags based on weight, price, comfort, and durability as we see the current market.

Note – these sleeping bags are rated as 3 season or summer bags, no true 4 season or winter bags are included.

#6 Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45F – $330 – 19 ounces

[amazon_image id=”B00BMPIU40″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45 Sleeping Bag Graphite Regular / Right Zip[/amazon_image]

Coming in at an excellent 19 ounces, the Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45 degree sleeping bag is a top choice of Alpine climbers and ultralight backpackers alike. This lightweight summer sleeping bag is a fully featured mummy sleeping bag, complete with hood and zipper (unlike some of the bags below). The Phantom utilizes Q Shield 800 fill power down that creates nice loft, and along with the construction, features a down-filled face gasket, tight 5″ baffles, even loft spacing in hood for consistent warmth, an insulated draft tube along the zipper, and a comfort footbox. The bag can be purchased regular length or long, right or left zipper. This is a solid, proven go-to ultralight sleeping bag that is great for summer or potentially 3 season backcountry trips. One review states the following:

“This bag is great if you want to keep things super light and compact, but also value quality and performance. This bag is great, being that it is smaller than a Nalgene bottle and super light. I have also found that the temperature rating is slightly conservative by about 5-10 degrees. I have even slept in it when the temp dropped in the low 20’s, wearing only base layers and a Mont Bell ultralight down jacket inside.”

 

Click here to pick up your [amazon_link id=”B00BMPIU40″ target=”_blank” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45 sleeping bag[/amazon_link] today.

#5 – Elightened Equipment Revelation 20F – $250 – 19.7 ounces

Enlightened Equipment Revelation

The Enlightened Equipment Revelation is the most versatile sleeping bag/quilt on our list. There are so many different configurations (lengths, widths, temperature ratings, down fill options). At the time of this writing, the regular length, regular width 20 degree 800 fill power down quilt weighs an excellent 19.7 ounces, keeping this sleeping bag in the category of ultralight sleeping bags with a little bit better warmth than some of the other bags on the list. The sleeping bag/quilt is partially zippered and can be used as a sleeping bag or as a quilt/blanket, increasing the multi-season versatility. It is a great all-purpose, lightweight option at an affordable price (best on this list). One review reads as follows:

“Enlightened Equipment makes a really quality product for a great price! There customer service is pretty stellar. I bought my quilt long and wide to fit my 6’2″ frame. I move around a lot when I sleep, and can’t stand being confined in a mummy bag… This quilt is just what I needed.”

Visit the Enlightened Equipment webpage to see all the different options of the Revelation sleeping bag. You won’t be disappointed in this lightweight option.

#4 – Katabatic Gear Palisade 30F – $420 – 18 ounces

Katabatic Gear Palisade

Katabatic Gear specializes in ultralight backpacking gear (backpacks, sleeping bags, and bivys), and the award winning Palisade is no exception. Rated to 30 degrees, this 18 ounce hoodless sleeping bag is a great option for lightweight gear seekers out there. You can choose 850 or 900 fill power down (with the 900 option trimming about .5-1 ounce off the total bag weight depending on the size you get). Outdoor Gear Lab awarded this sleeping bag a 2012 Editor’s Choice Top Pick for it’s “comfort, versatility, high warmth to weight ratio, and ultra comfy neck closure,” which we totally agree with. Other features of the Palisade are: down filled collar, trapezoidal foot box, overstuffed foot section, and a great pad attachment system (probably the best on this list). While priced on the high end of this list, you won’t be disappointed in the craftsmanship and comfort this lightweight sleeping bag provides. For more information, visit Katabatic Gear’s site.

#3 – Nunatak Arc Specialist 32F – $390 – 17 ounces

Nunatak Arc Specialist

Coming in at a stunning 17 ounces, the hoodless Nunatak Arc Specialist sleeping bag makes it’s case for best ultralight sleeping bag with an array of nice features. Rated to 32 degrees, this 800 fill power down sleeping bag is a hoodless mummy sleeping bag that is open in the back from your neck down to mid-calf with adjustable pad straps that allow you to tighten it to fit your body. Nunatak has put in quite a bit of work developing their Arc series of sleeping bags, and the Specialist (as well as the equally amazing 40 degree, 11.5 ounce Arc Edge, which rivals the #1 40 degree ZPacks option). This bag is warm, lightweight, and packs to a ridiculously small size. For more on this sleeping bag, visit Nunatak USA today.

#2 – Feathered Friends Vireo UL 25F – $300 – 15.5 ounces

Feathered Friends Vireo

The Feathered Friends Vireo UL is an amazing ultralight sleeping bag. Coming it at an astounding range of 14.4 ounces to 16.7 ounces (62″-74″, 3 different options), you will certainly attain your ultralight goals using this bag. Feathered Friends trims extra weight by cutting the hood and zipper, but don’t think it isn’t easy enough to get in and out of. The lower half has more insulation (rated to 25 degrees) while the upper half has less (rated to 45 degrees). This variable fill feature allows for additional weight trimming, and the 900+ fill power goose down is as soft, lofty, and lightweight as it is insulative. On colder nights, sleep with a sweater or down jacket to match the lower half warmth rating. Here is one review from Outdoor Gear Lab that highlights the features of this bag:

The Vireo has 900-fill down, weighs a mere 16 ounces, and packs down to the size of a grapefruit. This bag is best for sleeping in a seated position where other ultralight bags, like the Katabatic Gear Palisade, don’t cover your back and aren’t as warm. After extensive testing we now only recommend the Vireo for alpine climbs where you bring a down parka.”

This is an awesome sleeping bag – pack and use this bag and you will see why we choose it as our #2 ultralight sleeping bag option. Just don’t use this bag in the summer – the 25F rating for the lower half (which is incidentally not zippered and therefore un-vent-able) will make your warm night miserable. And remember to bring a parka for colder temperatures or your upper half will freeze. For more information, visit the Feathered Friends website.

#1 – ZPacks 30 Degree – $370 – 14 ounces

ZPacks 30 Degree

The award winning ZPacks 900 fill power down solo sleeping bags are probably the best warmth to weight ratio you will find on the market as of this writing. Here is a breakdown of their ratings and accompanying weights (all medium length, regular width): 40 degrees – 11.4 ounces (!!!), 30 degrees – 14 ounces, 20 degrees – 16.7 ounces, 10 degrees – 19.4 ounces. These weights are absurdly small for the amount of insulation you are getting. Similar to the Enlightened Equipment Revelation, this sleeping bag can be used as a quilt or blanket for added versatility. This sleeping bag features 5″ baffle spacing, a 3/4 length zipper that is positioned beneath you to get rid of the need for a draft tube, and comes with an ultralight (.9 ounce) stuff sack. Outdoor Gear Lab awarded the 20 degree version their 2013 Editors’ Choice Top Pick for its “Highest warmth-to-weight ratio of any bag tested.”

You won’t find a lighter sleeping bag out there right now. And even though this hoodless sleeping bag sits close to the top of the price range of this list, you have a lot of versatility in choosing a bag for different seasons. My favorite ultralight sleeping bag right now is the 11.4 ounce ZPacks 40 degree sleeping bag. There is just no comparison when it comes to the warmth-to-weight ratio, and even though it is mostly a summer sleeping bag, it fits my needs for getting the biggest bang for buck in the weight arena. For more information on ZPacks, visit their site today.

Honorable Mentions – Jacks ‘R’ Better Stealth, Feathered Friends Merlin

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The sweet spot for sleeping bags in the ultralight space sits right around 1 pound. If you can find a bag that is even less than that, you will be able to have more options with the other gear you pack, which is why this list put such a premium on weight. What is your favorite ultralight sleeping bag? Did we leave yours off the list? Let us know in the comment section below. As always, thank for reading and happy trails!

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The Best Lightweight Summer Sleeping Bags On The Market

Summer Night CampingWhen it comes to finding a summer sleeping bag for your next backpacking trip, many trekkers look for the lightest option available. Summer is the best time to experience ultralight or minimalist backpacking at its finest. Summer sleeping bags are usually rated at 40 degrees or higher, and because of this, they have less insulation, which means the bags are lighter, smaller, and more compact. It is not uncommon to find a summer bag that is close to a pound in total weight, which means you are well on your way to packing less than 10 pounds of gear (usually the cutoff for ultralight backpacking). If you are looking for a summer sleeping bag to add to your equipment arsenal, this is the place for you to be. Below, we will highlight our favorite lightweight summer sleeping bags out there on the market today.

Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45 – $170

[amazon_link id=”B00314H5EQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45 Degree Sleeping Bag - Jungle LH[/amazon_link]The Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45 is very high on our list of best summer sleeping bags. It is a lightweight 800-fill down sleeping bag that weighs only 1 pound 3 ounces. It is cut to snuggly fit your body to maximize warmth and minimize weight. Mountain Hardwear sleeping bags are known for their comfort, and the Phantom is no exception. The price is right, especially if you can find it on sale at Amazon (which at the time of this writing it currently is). Click the following link to purchase yours today!

[amazon_link id=”B00314H5EQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45[/amazon_link]

Marmot Atom 40 – $290

[amazon_link id=”B003C17HWS” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Marmot Atom Down Sleeping Bag, Regular Left, Red[/amazon_link]Marmot is another name in the industry that has a devout following. The Marmot Atom 40 is one of their ultralight sleeping bag offerings for summer month backpacking, and is a 2008 Backpacker Magazine Editors’ Choice award winner. Coming in at 1 pound 5 ounces, this bag is super light, compacts down to the size of a Nalgene bottle, and will keep you warm below 40 degrees with a simple base layer. The Atom features 850+ fill power goose down, which is the best weight to warmth down on the market today. Click this link to order your Marmot Atom 40 today!

[amazon_link id=”B003C17HWS” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Marmot Atom 40[/amazon_link]

Marmot Always Summer – $200

[amazon_link id=”B00AO5NBKW” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Marmot Always Summer Down Sleeping Bag, Regular-Left, Red[/amazon_link]Appropriately named, the Marmot Always Summer is a perfect summer sleeping bag for backpackers of all types. While not as light as the Marmot Atom or some of the other bags on this list (coming in at 2 pounds 3 ounces), the Always Summer makes up with its attractive price point of under $200. It features a slightly heavier 650-fill down, so it won’t be as compactable as higher-fill down sleeping bags, but the bag is rated down to 40 degrees. This is an all-around great summer sleeping bag, and offers great value at its price point. Get yours today by clicking on the following link!

[amazon_link id=”B00AO5NBKW” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Marmot Always Summer[/amazon_link]

MontBell UL Super Spiral Down Hugger – $320

[amazon_link id=”B007LL3RG0″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]MontBell U.L. Super Spiral Down Hugger 40 Degree Sleeping Bag Blue Ridge Regular / Left Zip[/amazon_link]This is a sleeping bag that I was personally excited to test myself. First of all, it comes in multiple temperature ranges, but the 40 degree bag is by far the lightest and most economical of them all. The Spiral Down Hugger features 800-fill power goose down that weighs an amazing 1 pound 2 ounces. That is truly ultralight. This sleeping bag also features a stretch woven fabric that allows the bag to conform to your body as you sleep. This stretch keeps the bag snug to your body but does not constrict your nightly movements. I loved this bag, for all of the reasons discussed above, and would recommend it to anyone seeking a truly ultralight summer sleeping bag for backpacking. To get your MontBell UL Super Spiral Down Hugger today, click the following link!

[amazon_link id=”B007LL3RG0″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]MontBell UL Super Spiral Down Hugger #4[/amazon_link]

Big Agnes Pitchpine SL – $330

[amazon_link id=”B004MQSM58″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Big Agnes Pitchpine SL 45-Degree Sleeping Bags(800 Down fill), Reg Left Zipper[/amazon_link]Another summer sleeping bag that gets really close to the one pound threshold is the Pitchpine SL by Big Agnes. Rated to 45 degrees and insulated with 800-fill power goose down, the Pitchpine SL offers a 1 pound 2 ounce package that compacts to a very small overall size (5”x6”).  This is a comfortable bag that has a lot of comfort add-ons, like a pillow pocket, sleeping pad loops that allow flexibility in the legs, and a water repellant surface treatment to keep you dry and warm.  The Pitchpine SL is a true ultralight summer sleeping bag that offers a lot of bang for your buck. Click on the following link to get yours today!

[amazon_link id=”B004MQSM58″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Big Agnes Pitchpine SL[/amazon_link]

Lafuma Lightway 45 – $125

[amazon_link id=”B00B6QLSDU” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Lafuma Lightway 45-Degree Down Right Zip Sleeping Bag, Olympic Blue[/amazon_link]A more economical choice (around $125), the Lafuma Lightway 45 will still allow you to approach that ultralight backpacking concept. Weighing in at 1 pound 9 ounces, the Lightway features 600-fill power duck down which is more affordable than higher power goose down. This is a perfect summer sleeping bag option that has an attractive weight and price tag. To get your Lafuma Lightway 45 today, click the following link.

[amazon_link id=”B00B6QLSDU” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Lafuma Lightway 45[/amazon_link]

Kelty Cosmic Down 40 – $100

[amazon_link id=”B009PRN4QG” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic Down 40-Degree Sleeping Bag, Yellow, 6-Feet[/amazon_link]The most affordable sleeping bag on our list, the Kelty Cosmic down 40 sleeping bag comes in right around $100. It features 550-fill power down, which adds a little to the overall weight of 1 pound 13 ounces. It also includes hang loops for storage, sleeping pad security loops, internal liner loops for those cooler summer nights, and a form fitting and snug shape. If you are looking for the best bang for your buck, the Kelty Cosmic down 40 sleeping bag is for you. Click the following link to order yours today!

[amazon_link id=”B009PRN4QG” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic Down 40[/amazon_link]

Exped Ultralight 300 45 – $350

[amazon_link id=”B0087XXFEK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Exped Ultralite 300[/amazon_link]The 1 pound 4 ounce Exped Ultralight 300 lives up to its name as one of the best summer lightweight sleeping bags on the market today.  Featuring a high loft 840-fill goose down insulation and a waterproof packsack and net storage bag, the Exped Ultralight 300 is a great choice for ultralight backpackers. To order your Ultralight today, click on the following link.

[amazon_link id=”B0087XXFEK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Exped Ultralight 300 45[/amazon_link]

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

You probably noticed that every single sleeping bag on this list is a down bag. It is just a fact that natural down has a better warmth to weight ratio than synthetic insulation does. Technologies change, and this might flip in the future, but right now, if you are looking for the lightest sleeping bags, especially for summer ultralight backpacking, down is the way to go.

The list of sleeping bags above has a wide range of prices. The cool thing is that the more affordable sleeping bags actually stack up quite well against the higher priced bags. My favorite summer bag is the MontBell UL Super Spiral Down Hugger with its 1 pound 2 ounce weight and excellent comfort, but a close second is the Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45 (one ounce heavier than the Super Spiral). Any one of these sleeping bags would provide excellent summer sleeping comfort, and exceptional warmth to weight. Hopefully, this guide will get you started on your search for a summer sleeping bag to fit your needs.

What do you think of the list of summer sleeping bags above? What is your favorite summer sleeping bag? What sleeping bag do you use for ultralight backpacking? Let us know in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!

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The Top 5 Down Sleeping Bags – Weight, Warmth Important

Down is one of two types of sleeping bag filling (the other being synthetic filling). Down has fabulous insulative properties, but only as long as it remains dry. Down is also very light for the amount of insulation it provides compared to most synthetic insulation out there. Down is also downright soft and comfortable!

When it comes to choosing the best down sleeping bags on the market today, several factors have to be considered. Price, weight, comfort, and warmth rating are all important factors for backpackers out there. But they all vary depending on the type of hiking. If you like to backpack in the summer only, you won’t worry as much about the warmth rating. Weight is an especially important consideration, especially for the minimalist or ultralight hikers.

This was a difficult task in rating the top 5 down sleeping bags on the market, especially since there are so many different needs. But we think we have a very good list based on the considerations mentioned above. Below you will find our top 5 down sleeping bags.

#5 – Kelty Cosmic 0, 20 Degree $150-$220

[amazon_link id=”B009PRMZMA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic Down 0-Degree Sleeping Bag, Autumn, 6-Feet[/amazon_link]Kelty is one of those brands that you just love because of the impressive value that you get from their products. The price of this bag compared to the others on this list is what bumped it into our top 5. Coming in at $150 for a 20 degree bag and $220 for the 0 degree bag, the Kelty Cosmic is a great deal for the amount of warmth you get. 550 Fill-Power Down is used as the insulation, which is heavier than higher power down, so the bag is a little on the heavy side (for this list). The regular 20 degree version weighs 2 lb 7 oz, the regular 0 degree weighs 3 lb 12 oz. This is a fantastic 3 season sleeping bag that won’t break the bank. Click the image or one of the links below to buy yours today!

[amazon_link id=”B009PRMZMA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B009PRNEY8″ target=”_blank” ]Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

#4 – Marmot Helium 15 Degree $400-$470

[amazon_image id=”B000JM9ODI” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Marmot Helium 15 Sleeping Bag – Cobalt Blue/Dark Azure Long/Left Zip[/amazon_image]

There are two down sleeping bags on this list by Marmot. And while they are the two priciest bags, they are amazingly soft, warm, and lightweight. They are also both Backpacker Editors’ Choice award winners, with the Helium winning 2008’s Gold award. The Marmot Helium is the lower priced of the two, ranging between $400 and $470, depending on whether or not you want the added waterproof and breathable MemBrain outer fabric, which bumps the price up. Lightweight 850+ Fill-power goose down will keep you toasty warm down to 15 degrees without adding too much to the overall weight.  Each weighs 2 lb 5 oz, which is light for a 15 degree bag, and it compresses into a very small package. The Marmot Helium is a fabulous choice for its warmth, weight, and comfort, even if it is a little on the expensive side. Click on one of the following links for more purchasing information.

[amazon_link id=”B015OVGCNS” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Marmot Helium[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B0037SN2Z2″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Marmot Helium MemBrain[/amazon_link]

#3 – Sierra Designs Nitro 0, 15, 30 $250-$400

Sierra Designs Nitro 30 Degree 800 Fill Down Ultralight Sleeping Bag (Long)

Sierra Designs Nitro down sleeping bag is our #3 rated option, and for good reason.  Their bags are labeled as ultralight, and this isn’t an exaggeration. Their warmth-to-weight ratio is fantastic, and their price fits right in with other bags on this list. The 0 degree Nitro has a price tag of $400 and a weight of 2 lb 15 oz. The 15 degree bag costs around $300, and weighs 2 lb 2 ounces. The 30 degree Nitro is a great 3 season bag that costs around $250 and weighs a measly 1 lb 10 oz. With 800 Fill-power goose down, you will stay nice and warm even on cold nights. The stretchy baffles around your upper body help you feel like you aren’t mummified, and the footbox on the 30 degree Nitro zips open for a nice cool draft on warmer nights. The Nitro by Sierra Designs is a great choice of down sleeping bag for any season. If you are interested in getting this sleeping bag, visit Sierra Designs‘ site today!

 

#2 – Mountain Hardwear Phantom 0, 15, 32 Degree $200-$400

[amazon_image id=”B00BQ743B8″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Mountain Hardwear Unisex Phantom 0 Bag Reg RH RED[/amazon_image]

Coming in at #2 on our list is Mountain Hardwear’s Phantom series of down sleeping bags. There is a 0 degree, 15 degree, and 32 degree option, in men’s and women’s.  They range in price from $200 (the 32 degree option) up to over $400 (the 0 degree option). The Phantom employs 800 Fill-power goose down, which offers excellent warmth-to-weight ratio as well as a soft and comfortable lofty construction. They also feature down filled draft tubes that keep cold from seeping into your bag at the openings and zippers. The 0 degree bag weighs 2 lb 10 oz (for the regular size), the 15 degree bag weighs 2 lb (5 ounces lighter than the Marmot Helium), and the 32 degree bag weighs a paltry 1 lb 6 oz. Light, warm, comfortable, and competitively priced, the Mountain Hardwear Phantom series of down sleeping bags is a winning bag for all seasons. Below are the links to get more ordering information on the Phantom bags.

[amazon_link id=”B00BQ741YW” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00AYH8DQ2″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 15 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00EF43QTE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

#1 – Marmot Lithium 0 Degree $490-$550

[amazon_link id=”B0161YP4T0″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Marmot Lithium MemBrain Down Sleeping Bag, Regular-Left, Orange[/amazon_link]Our #1 rated down sleeping bag is the Marmot Lithium. This bag is very similar to the Marmot Helium down at #4, but with extra insulation that should keep you warm and comfortable down to 0 degrees. It is also a Backpacker Editors’ choice winner. The Lithium does this by utilizing the same 850+ Fill-power goose down that is employed in the Helium. This down offers the best warmth-to-weight ratio. This sleeping bag compresses to a very small overall size, which when coupled with its weight of 2 lb 12 oz, makes for a very portable, lightweight, and compact package. The Lithium MemBrain ($550) adds a breathable waterproof fabric to the outside of the bag, increasing its durability while protecting the insulative properties of down. One reviewer notes that this bag is “as light as a feather and warm as a oven.” Well said. This is the winner of our survey and is rated the best down sleeping bag on the market. Click one of the below links to get the #1 down sleeping bag today!

[amazon_link id=”B0161YP4T0″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Marmot Lithium[/amazon_link]

Summary

Obvisouly, with only 5 spots on the list, we had to leave off some excellent down sleeping bags. What did we miss? What is your favorite down sleeping bag? Did we get the list right? Let us know in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!

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New To Backpacking? Get Started For Under $300

Are you interested in backpacking, but not willing to commit a large amount of money upfront until you know you are going to like it? Are you on strict budget? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this article will hopefully help you to see that you don’t need to spend a small fortune to get into this great hobby. Below, I will go over some of my favorite low cost (but still high quality) gear to consider.

For the sake of this article, we will assume you have no backpacking gear. That means you will need to buy a backpack, tent, sleeping bag, and other items to keep you going, less the consumables (food, fuel, etc). Let’s say you have a strict budget of $300 to get all the gear you need to go on a summer weekend (3 day, 2 night) backpacking trip that is more or less on a flat trail.

Here is a breakdown of the items, and below will be more details of the gear choices:

  • Backpack$115 [amazon_link id=”B009R4CV3E” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Coyote 80 Backpack[/amazon_link]
  • Tent$110 [amazon_link id=”B0043HH5CW” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Eureka! Apex 2XT 2 Person Backpacking Tent[/amazon_link]
  • Sleeping Bag$40 [amazon_link id=”B006WPZBBA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Ledge Sports Scorpion 45 Degree Ultralight Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]
  • Water Prep – $25 [amazon_link id=”B004DZMD08″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Seychelle 28 Ounce Flip Top Water Filter Bottle[/amazon_link]
  • Food Prep$10 – [amazon_link id=”B000P9IR8I” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Stainless Steel Mess Kit[/amazon_link]
  • Total Cost = $300

Backpack – $115

[amazon_link id=”B009R4CV3E” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Coyote 80 Internal frame Backpack, Forest Night, Medium/Large[/amazon_link]For the backpack, the Kelty Coyote 80 [amazon_link id=”B009R4CV3E” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]can be picked up off of Amazon currently for $115[/amazon_link]. That is a great deal for a backpack that boasts 78 Liters (4750 cubic inches) of interior space. This is more than large enough for a 3 day excursion. It is more suited for a longer trip, but at that price point, it’s hard to pass this deal up. Additional features in this pack include:

Bag Features:

  • Top loading
  • 420-denier polyester Ball Shadow body fabric
  • 420-denier polyester Oxford reinforcement fabric
  • Hydration compatible
  • Reservoir sleeve
  • Front-panel access
  • Zippered side pockets
  • Mesh water bottle pockets
  • Side compression straps
  • Load stabilizer straps
  • Spindrift collar
  • Ice-axe loops
  • Daisy chain
  • Key fob
  • Zippered waist belt pockets
  • Lid converts into lumbar pack
  • Carry handle

Suspension Features:

  • CloudLock II adjustable suspension
  • LightBeam II dual aluminum stays
  • HDPE frame sheet
  • Removable HDPE reinforced dual density waist belt
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Ventilating back panel
  • Load-lifter/stabilizer straps
  • Sternum strap
  • Patented Scherer Cinch

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 4,750 cubic inches (78-liters)
  • Weight: 5 lb. 9 oz.
  • Measures 16 x 34 x 16.5 inches (W x H x D)

Highlights of the Kelty Coyote 80 backpack are the price point, the capacity, removable waist belt and lid (converts into hip pack), and construction. The pack is on the heavy side at 5 pounds 9 ounces empty, but as long as it isn’t over packed for a 3 day trip, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Tent – $110

[amazon_link id=”B0043HH5CW” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Eureka! Apex 2 - Tent (sleeps 2)[/amazon_link]The tent of choice is the Eureka! Apex 2XT tent. This is a lightweight 2 person backpacking tent that is also a very palatable price right around a hundred bucks. We chose the Apex 2XT tent because of the price, as well as a few features, such as: the 2 door design with 2 vestibules totaling 27 additional square feet, solid construction, and light weight (6 pounds 5 ounces). Here are some additional features and specifications:

  • Seasons: 3
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Floor dimensions: 7′ 6″ by 4′ 11″
  • Center height: 3′ 10″
  • Minimum weight: 6 pounds, 5 ounces
  • Frame: Freestanding, shock-corded fiberglass
  • Vestibule: 2, with 13.8 square feet of storage each
  • Storage pockets: 2 mesh
  • Clothes line loops: 4
  • Flashlight loop: Yes
  • Warranty: Lifetime

This is great tent, and for the price, you won’t be disappointed. [amazon_link id=”B0043HH5CW” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Pick yours up today[/amazon_link].

Sleeping Bag – $40

[amazon_link id=”B006WPZBA6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Ledge Sports FeatherLite +20 F Degree Ultra Light Design, Ultra Compact Sleeping Bag (84 X 32 X 20, Red)[/amazon_link]Since this is a summer trip, we can get away with suggesting a summer sleeping bag. And that is completely fair, because if you are new to backpacking, you probably don’t want to get into a cold weather trip right off the bat because you might ruin your outlook on the hobby. Start with a mild, warm weather trip to see if you like it first, then as you get more experience and become more adventurous, expand. Back to the sleeping bag of choice – [amazon_link id=”B006WPZBBA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Ledge Sports Featherlite 20 degree ultra light sleeping bag[/amazon_link].

The price is right at $40, and the weight is also a bonus coming in at 3.4 pounds. This sleeping bag is nice because is compresses well and takes up minimal room. It is a synthetic fill sleeping bag, so even if it gets wet, it should keep you warm down to 30 degrees or so. It also comes with a stuff sack. Pick up one of these affordable 3 season sleeping bags today!

Food and Water Prep – $35

For cooking your food, this [amazon_link id=”B000P9IR8I” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]stainless steel mess kit[/amazon_link] is just right. It offers a frying pan, pot, two lids (plates) and a plastic 8 ounce cup. At just over $10, all you need to have is a bed of hot coals and you can cook food or heat water.

[amazon_link id=”B004DZMD08″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Seychelle 28oz Flip Top Advanced Filter Water Purification / Filtration Bottle[/amazon_link]As for purifying your water, the [amazon_link id=”B004DZMD08″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Seychelle 28 ounce flip top water filter bottle[/amazon_link] is a high quality option that is affordable ($25). It removes 99.99% of bacteria, virus, contaminants, and pollutants from water. It can filter up to 100 gallons of water, depending on the quality of the water (dirtier water = less filtering capacity). It weighs just 11 ounces and you can fill it up from any body of water along the trail.

The Bottom Line

If you are just getting into backpacking, and you are worried that you won’t like it, it doesn’t make sense to spend a ton of money on gear. I can tell you that if you like nature, exercise, the outdoors, and camping in general, you are going to absolutely love backpacking. But keeping your start-up costs low just in case you don’t is a good idea. The nice thing about all of these items is that they could all be sold used to recoup most of your money if you decide you don’t like backpacking. Another nice thing about all of these items is that if you do like backpacking, they are high quality products that you will be able to enjoy for a long time.

Use this list to find the right gear for your needs. This is just a list of the most essential gear items. I didn’t include hiking boots because they require such a specialized fit and vary greatly in price. For a flat 3 day hiking trip, sturdy tennis shoes should be alright. Other items might include a good flashlight, first aid kit, survival kit, GPS, fitted hiking boots, multi-tool or pocket knife, and a sleeping pad. They will greatly increase your comfort and safety in the backcountry. As always, happy trails!

Do you agree with this list? What would be your $300 starting setup? Leave a comment below. Thanks!

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Mountain Hardwear Lamina Sleeping Bag Series

For the hardcore backpackers out there that won’t let a little cold, snowy, or wet weather stop them from exploring the outdoors, the Mountain Hardwear Lamina series of sleeping bags was designed with you in mind. The Lamina series features several different temperature ratings ranging from -30 degrees to 45 degrees, so there is an option for every type of backpacker out there. The key thing to remember about these sleeping bags is that they utilize synthetic insulation, which keeps you warm even if your sleeping bag and tent get wet. Let’s take a look at the features and highlights of this sleeping bag series below.

Features

[amazon_link id=”B00360QYF6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Lamina 0 Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]As stated above, the Mountain Hardwear Lamina series of sleeping bags features a synthetic insulation called ThermicMicro fill. This insulation is soft, lofty, durable, and very compressible. Mountain Hardwear’s patented Lamina construction eliminates cold spots as it enhances the loft of the insulation. The 40D ripstop outer shell is durable and lightweight, and is treated with water repellent DWR.

Another nice feature of the Lamina series is the shape of the bag. The mummy is cut thin to the body, eliminating excess material and wasted weight. The Comfort Footbox allows your feet to rest as the naturally would when sleeping, increasing comfort. The hood is designed to seal in warmth by utilizing a face gasket filled with insulation.

The corresponding weights to the different models of the Lamina series are as follows (regular – long):

  • Lamina -30 Degree Synthetic: 5 pounds 9 ounces – 5 pounds 14 ounces
  • Lamina -15 Degree Synthetic: 5 pounds 1 ounce – 5 pounds 2 ounces
  • Lamina 0 Degree Synthetic: 3 pounds 8 ounces – 3 pounds 12 ounces
  • Lamina 20 Degree Synthetic: 3 pounds 1 ounce – 3 pounds 5 ounces
  • Lamina 35 Degree Synthetic: 2 pounds 4 ounces – 2 pounds 7 ounces
  • Lamina 45 Degree Synthetic: 1 pound 12 ounces – 1 pound 14 ounces

The Lamina series comes in men’s and women’s fits, with the zipper positioned on the left or right side.

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The Mountain Hardwear Lamina sleeping bag series is an affordable line that offers a lot of versatility. Since these sleeping bags utilize a synthetic fill, they are not as lightweight as their down counterparts, but they do have the ability to keep you warm in cold, wet conditions (something that can be quite dangerous in a down bag). The extra weight might be worth it to you if you plan on spending time in the backcountry with the chance that water might leak into your tent or backpack. We are thoroughly pleased with this line, since there is something for everyone here. If you are looking for a summer sleeping bag with synthetic fill, the Lamina 45 degree sleeping bag is a lightweight option that is very affordable. On the other hand, if you are looking for a sub-zero sleeping bag capable of keeping you warm during the winter months, the Lamina -30 or -15 degree sleeping bag is an affordable option for you. Click one of the links below to purchase your Mountain Hardwear Lamina sleeping bag today.

[amazon_link id=”B008FPU0CA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Lamina -30F Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B0032HZ8SW” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Lamina -15F Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00360QYF6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Lamina 0F Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00360NE9K” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Lamina 20F Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00360QYVU” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Lamina 35F Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00360P97U” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Lamina 45F Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

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Mountain Hardwear Phantom Sleeping Bag Series

If you are looking for a top of the line backpacking sleeping bag with mid-level prices, the Mountain Hardwear Phantom sleeping bag series should be given a first look. With down sleeping bags in the 0 degree, 15 degree, 32 degree, and 45 degree ratings, there is an option for every type of hiker out there. So whether you are a summer trekker or a winter backpacker, the Mountain Hardwear Phantom series of sleeping bags offers an option for your camping needs. Let’s look at the different sleeping bags and what they have to offer below.

Features

[amazon_link id=”B00393BHPM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR Sleeping Bag Phantom 0° long black (Design: left)[/amazon_link]The Phantom series of sleeping bags from Mountain Hardwear is insulated with 800 fill goose down for a very high fill to weight ratio. The liner is very soft and comfortable as well. The outer liner is made with super light 15D ripstop, allowing for an ultralight package with a somewhat strong exterior. The mummy style sleeping bags are cut snug to maximize warmth and minimize extra weight. The 5 inch baffles maximize loft of the 800 fill goose down, adding comfort and warmth (this is something that many reviewers are really impressed with, including us).

Another feature of the Phantom series of sleeping bags is the design of the interior. The Comfort Footbox allows for natural foot placement while sleeping, increasing comfort and warmth. There is also an insulated draft tube along the zipper, keeping heat from escaping along your side. The hood is designed to be pulled tight against your face, with a down filled gasket keeping drafts away from your face.

The breakdown of the weight for the four Mountain Hardwear Phantom series down sleeping bags is as follows (regular – long)

  • Phantom 0 Degree Down: 2 pounds 10 ounces – 2 pounds 14 ounces
  • Phantom 15 Degree Down: 2 pounds 1 ounce – 2 pounds 4 ounces
  • Phantom 32 Degree Down: 1 pound 7 ounces – 1 pound 8 ounces
  • Phantom 45 Degree Down: 1 pound 3 ounces – 1 pound 3 ounces

These four models come in men’s and women’s sizes, and can be configured with the zipper on the right side or left side.

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The Mountain Hardwear Phantom series of sleeping bags is one of the premier down sleeping bag lines on the market today. They offer incredible warmth and comfort, and every model is less than 3 pounds. The Phantom 32 and 45 degree models are so light and compact that you won’t even notice you have a sleeping bag in your backpack at all. Whether you need an ultralight summer sleeping bag or a bag that will keep you warm in cold weather (and still very lightweight), the Mountain Hardwear Phantom series of sleeping bags is a top choice for any backpacker. Click on one of the links below to purchase your Mountain Hardwear Phantom sleeping bag today.

[amazon_link id=”B00393FBBI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 0F Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00314BTFC” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 15F Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00314IWG6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32F Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B00314F3YA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45F Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

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Kelty Cosmic Sleeping Bag Series

The Kelty Cosmic sleeping bag is a versatile option on the market today. With different temperature ratings, the Kelty Cosmic sleeping bag allows you to purchase exactly the right bag for your backpacking needs. Whether you are a summer trekker or a winter wet and wild backpacker, there is a Kelty Cosmic model that fits your needs, and most importantly, your budget. Let’s look at the features of the Kelty Cosmic sleeping bag below.

Features

[amazon_link id=”B009PRMZMA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic Down 0-Degree Sleeping Bag, Autumn, 6-Feet[/amazon_link]The Kelty Cosmic sleeping bag offers a full collar neck baffle, an insulated hood baffle, a zipper draft tube, ground level side seams and differential cut to provide you maximum warmth. The fill of the Cosmic is a synthetic insulation called CloudLoft Pro. There are internal liner loops, which allow you to add additional liner insulation. There are also sleeping pad securing loops that allow you to attach your bag to your sleeping pad to help make sure that you get the best night’s sleep. An included stuff sack allows you to compress your sleeping bag down to a reasonably compact packing size.

There are multiple options when it comes to the Kelty Cosmic. Here is the breakdown of the temperature rating and the weight (regular – long):

  • Kelty Cosmic 0 Degree Synthetic: 4 pounds 11 ounces – 5 pounds 1 ounce
  • Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree Synthetic: 3 pounds 9 ounces – 3 pounds 14 ounces
  • Kelty Cosmic 35 Degree Synthetic: 2 pounds 5 ounces – 2 pounds 7 ounces

It is important to note that the Kelty Cosmic 35 does not include the insulated baffles, because it is more of a warm weather sleeping bag. This helps cut down on unnecessary weight as well, making this sleeping bag in the regular size a very lightweight option.

The down Kelty Cosmic options utilize 550 fill goose down and feature many of the same features as the synthetic models. The breakdown of the temperature rating and weight of the down Kelty Cosmic models is as follows (regular – long):

  • Kelty Cosmic 0 Degree Down: 3 pounds 11 ounces – 3 pounds 14 ounces
  • Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree Down: 2 pounds 8 ounces – 2 pounds 12 ounces

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The Kelty Cosmic sleeping bags all come very highly recommended by our staff of writers. The affordable price tag is very appealing, and there isn’t a whole lot in the features and weight categories that are lost from similar temperature rated sleeping bags on the market. I have used my Cosmic 35 on many summer backpacking trips, and have been very impressed with its comfort on nights that have dipped close to freezing. If you are looking for one of the best values from a line of sleeping bags, consider purchasing one of the Kelty Cosmic sleeping bag options. Click one of these links below to make your purchase.

[amazon_link id=”B004K1GQGM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic 0 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004K1D9OO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004GDB600″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic 35 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004K1GQDA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004O706S6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

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Kelty Light Year Sleeping Bag Series

The Kelty Light Year series of sleeping bags offers many different options for backpacking enthusiasts around the world. Kelty is a name synonymous with value in the outdoor world, as they often create gear that is affordable, yet loaded with features and built with high quality materials. The Kelty Light Year sleeping bag series can be broken down into a few categories, so let’s look at the features and specifications of these bags below.

Features

Light Year Down 0 Degree

[amazon_link id=”B004K1KN0M” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag, Regular , Molten Lava[/amazon_link]The Light Year 0 degree down sleeping bag is for cold weather backpacking expeditions. The insulation used is 600 fill power down, which is lightweight and very compressible. The Light Year is equipped with sleeping pad loops, which keep your bag connected to your sleeping pad. It also features ground level sealed seams, an insulated hood baffle, and a full baffle neck collar, all designed to keep body heat inside. Internal liner loops allow you to insert a sleeping bag liner to add extra insulation. There is a zippered chest pocket that allows you to easily store important items that you want to keep close to you and warm inside the bag.

The down Light Year sleeping bag comes in regular and long sizes, with the regular weighing 3 pounds 10 ounces, and the long weighing 3 pounds 13 ounces. A storage compression sack is also included, and allows you to compress the down sleeping bag to roughly the size of a soccer ball.

Light Year Down 20 Degree

[amazon_link id=”B004H8Z83U” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year 20 Degree Down Sleeping Bag, Long , Russet[/amazon_link]The Kelty Light Year 20 degree down sleeping bag has the same features as the 0 degree bag discussed above, but has less down fill. It is rated to 20 degrees, and the regular weighs 2 pounds 13 ounces and the long weighs 3 pounds 2 ounces.

Light Year Down 40 Degree

[amazon_link id=”B004H8X80K” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year 40 Degree Down Sleeping Bag, Regular , Lemon[/amazon_link]The Kelty Light Year 40 degree down sleeping bag is a great summer camping option. With all the same features as the 0 and 20 degree down bags discussed above, the 40 degree has less down fill, dropping the weight for the regular to 1 pound 13 ounces, and the weight for the long to 1 pound 15 ounces.

Light Year XP 20 Degree

[amazon_link id=”B004LR5WI8″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year XP 20 Synthetic Sleeping Bag, Regular, Dark Citron[/amazon_link]The Light Year XP 20 degree sleeping bag is a 3 season synthetically insulated alternative to the down options above. The insulation is Ecopet Soft, and truly is soft and comfortable. It weighs 3 pounds 5 ounces in the regular and 3 pounds 9 ounces in the long.

Light Year XP 40 Degree

[amazon_link id=”B004LR5WHE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year XP 40 Synthetic Sleeping Bag, Regular, Blue Aster[/amazon_link]The synthetic version of the summer sleeping bag is a great option for backpackers who like to trek during warmer weather. Weighing a paltry 2 pounds 4 ounces for the regular and 2 pounds 9 ounces for the long, the Light Year XP 40 degree sleeping bag from Kelty is a lightweight synthetic option that has all the same features as the XP 20.

 

 

 

 

 

All of these sleeping bags are right side zippered for the men’s and women’s versions.

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The Kelty Light Year series of sleeping bags offers a tremendous amount of value for the features that are included with their sleeping bags. The Light Year Down 20 degree sleeping bag was named by Backpacker Magazine as the ‘killer 3-season deal.’ Down sleeping bags are lighter than synthetic models, but loose their insulating ability when they get wet. If you are looking for an affordable ultralight backpacking sleeping bag, look no further than the Kelty Light Year series. Click on one of the following links to purchase one of these sleeping bags today.

[amazon_link id=”B004K1KN0M” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year 0 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004H8Z83U” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year 20 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004H8X80K” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year 40 Degree Down Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004LR5WI8″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year XP 20 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B004LR5WHE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Kelty Light Year XP 40 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

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The North Face Aleutian BX Sleeping Bag Series

There is a lot to like about The North Face sleeping bags. There are many different models to choose from, ranging from lightweight synthetic insulation rated to 40 degrees, to heavy duty winter down insulated bags for extreme weather backpacking. The Aleutian BX series of sleeping bags offers a different type of sleeping bag depending on your preferences and depending on your applications. Let’s take a look at some of the features and highlights of the different Aleutian BX sleeping bag options on the market.

Features

Aleutian 3S BX

[amazon_link id=”B0058YCZPQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 3S 20F Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]The Aleutian 3S BX sleeping bag features Heatseaker synthetic insulation that offers 3 season warmth down to 20 degrees. The synthetic fill will keep you warm even if the bag gets wet. The shell is made of soft ripstop nylon that also features The North Face’s Windstopper technology. This technology offers maximum wind protection and breathability. Weighing only 3 pounds 6 ounces for the regular (or 3 pounds 12 ounces for the long), the Aleutian 3S BX sleeping back is a lightweight option for backpackers. A roll top stuff sack is included, and will allow you to compress your bag down to a very compact packing size.

The Aleutian 3S BX also comes in a woman’s configuration with the same features and the men’s discussed above.

Aleutian 3S Down

[amazon_link id=”B0078D2ZDC” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 3S Sleeping Bag: 20 Degree Down Deep Water Blue, Reg/Right Zip[/amazon_link]The Aleutian 3S Down sleeping bag is similar to the 3S BX bag discussed above, but is filled with 600+ Hungarian grey goose down. The down filling is lighter than the synthetic filling, making the total weight for the regular a measly 2 pounds 6 ounces, and the long 3 pounds 7 ounces.

There is also a youth 3S Down and 3S BX model, that offers the same features, but is smaller in size (weighing only 2 pounds 7 ounces with synthetic fill and 2 pounds 12 ounces with down fill).

Aleutian 2S BX

[amazon_link id=”B006ZKOK5A” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 2S 40F Synthetic Sleeping Bag - Regular Size Left Hand[/amazon_link]The North Face Aleutian 2S BX sleeping bag is a lighter weight, 2 season sleeping bag with all the same features as the 3S BX. It is rated for 40 degree weather, and with a lighter fill, only weighs 2 pounds 1 ounce for the regular and 2 pounds 4 ounces for the long.

Aleutian 1S BX

[amazon_link id=”B006ZOM9S6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]THE NORTH FACE Aleutian 1S Bx Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]The North Face Aleutian 1S BX sleeping bag is an even lighter weight sleeping bag, ideal for summer month camping and backpacking. It is rated for 55 degrees, and weights a paltry 1 pound 10 ounces for the regular and 1 pound 12 ounces for the long. This is an excellent choice if warm weather backpacking is what you dig.

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The Aleutian series of backpacking sleeping bags from The North Face offers a lot of versatility to the market. If you are a 3 season backpacking enthusiast that often spends cold nights on the trail, the 3S BX or 3S Down options are best suited for your needs (depending on what type of fill you like). If you see yourself backpacking is slightly warmer than freezing temperatures, the 2S BX model is a great choice. If you are a summer only backpacker, the 1S BX option is a perfect fit. The nice thing about these options is that as you go towards warmer bags, the weight starts to drop. For ultralight backpacking, it is essential to shave off as much weight from your pack as possible. It is also important to stay warm during cold nights. Look at these different options, and choose a bag that is right for you. Click one of the following links to purchase one of these sleeping bags.

[amazon_link id=”B0058YCZPQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 3S Synthetic 20 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B0078D2YXI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 3S Down 20 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B0078D3E8C” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Women’s Aleutian 3S 20 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B006ZKOK5A” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 2S Synthetic 40 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B0058YD2ZI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Aleutian 1S Synthetic 55 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]

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The North Face Cat’s Meow Sleeping Bag

[amazon_link id=”B001O02BHU” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Cat's Meow 20 Degree Sleeping Bag[/amazon_link]When it comes to creating high quality outdoor gear, The North Face comes through time and again. With respects to the Cat’s Meow sleeping bag, The North Face delivers high quality and high value features suitable for backpacking trips that might see night temperatures drop below freezing. Let’s look at some of the features and highlights of The North Face Cat’s Meow 20 degree sleeping bag below.

Features

The Cat’s Meow features The North Face’s Climashield Prism synthetic insulation that offers protection down to 20 degrees. A nice feature on this sleeping bag is the glow-in-the-dark zipper pull, which allows for easy access at night. There are also interior pockets, such as a chest level watch pocket and draft tube pockets, to store small items in the warmth of your sleeping bag.

The Cat’s Meow comes in regular and long sizes, with the regular weighing in at 2 pounds 12 ounces and the long weighing in at 2 pounds 15 ounces. Because of the synthetic insulation used, the bag will keep you warm even if it gets wet (unlike down sleeping bags). It can be configured with the zipper on the left or on the right. Men’s and women’s options are available, with the men’s version featuring a darker blue color than the women’s version.

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

The North Face Cat’s Meow 20 degree sleeping bag is one of the best all around backpacking sleeping bags on the market today. Many reviewers agree with this sentiment. It is a good lightweight bag that compresses down to a very compact size with the included compression sack. If you are looking for a sleeping bag that offers 3 season warmth, is lightweight, and offers buttery soft comfort, The North Face Cat’s Meow is the sleeping bag for you. Click on the link below to order yours today for you next backpacking trip.

[amazon_link id=”B001O02BHU” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The North Face Cat’s Meow[/amazon_link]

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