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Marmot Always Summer Sleeping Bag: 40 Degree Down


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If you spend more time falling asleep to the whisper of gentle summer breezes than the howl of winter winds, the Marmot Always Summer 40-Degree Down Sleeping Bag is the perfect combination of warmth, weight, and packability. It'll easily keep you comfortable down to 43 degrees, thanks to 650-fill goose down, and it won't turn you into a popsicle if it gets covered in morning dew when you're sleeping under the stars since the insulation's been treated with water-resistant Down Defender. As a bonus, it weighs under two pounds and packs down to the size of jacket, so it won't turn your small summer pack into a monstrous burden. "Summer bag" isn't slang for "slopppily designed," though. The Always Summer has most of the features found in Marmot's cold-weather bags, like an insulated draft tube, face muff, and stretchy tricot baffles that let you move around freely while you're dreaming about pole vaulting. It also uses Marmot's trapezoidal footbox, which is wider in the toes and narrower in the heels, letting your feet move comfortably without the need for extra material and weight. The five-baffle hood's also warm without adding unnecessary bulk, and the locking drawcord let you seal up your bag tightly for a snug night's sleep.

Price : $ 198.95


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Lightweight Sleeping Bags Checklist

Sure It's Warm Enough? Lightweight bags are meant for use in weather between 30-50 degrees. But, remember, it's always prudent to add on at least 10 degrees to the bags rating. Thus, a bag rated to 40 degrees might only keep you warm in 50 degree weather.
Down or Synthetic? Each have their advantages. Down is less bulky and weighs a few ounces less. Synthetic costs less (usually) and is easier to dry - you can just toss it in the dryer.
Don't Forget the Sleeping Pad! A sleeping bag is useless without a sleeping pad. So, if you don't already have a sleeping pad, get one. For lightweight sleeping bags (thus used in warm weather), you don't need a super thick or winter-style one.
Ideal Uses for a Lightweight Bag. Where you know...for sure...that the temperature will stay at least 10-15 degrees above the sleeping bags rating. And, where every ounce and cubic inch of space is at a premium. Lightweight bags are often used by climbers and bike campers/travelers. For backpacking in the mountains, a lightweight bag is NOT recommended!

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