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Down Sleeping Bags

Rab Andes 800 Sleeping Bag: -8 Degree Down


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Up high where the wind blows without mercy and winter rules year-round, you can unfurl the -8 Degree Rab Andes 800 Down Sleeping Bag and rest up comfortably for your summit push. The Andes uses a combination of tough weatherproof Pertex Endurance and Microlight fabrics to wrap the 800-fill hydrophobic European goose down, which in turn traps your body heat and helps you face down winter's icy fangs ... and maybe even give them a quick flossing. Baffles and a collar around the face and neck seal you up tight against the cold, and the longitudinal torso and foot baffles use Flowgate technology to keep the down from sliding around and leaving you with cold spots. There's a zippered internal stash pocket, too, and a taped zipper to prevent snagging. Maybe best of all, the whole package weighs in at just over three pounds, so you'll be able to take it along without worrying about over-weighting your pack.

Price : $ 674.95


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Winter Sleeping Bags Checklist

Insulation Type? For winter camping, nothing is better than high-quality goose down. It's warmer and less bulky. Yes, synthetic bags are ok (and less expensive), but for wintner camping...goose down rules.
Temperature Rating? Get a bag rated to -40 degrees. Remember, just because a bag is rated to -40, doesn't mean it will keep you warm at that temperature. Always be safe and "add 10 to 20" degrees onto the temperature rating of a sleeping bag.
Don't Forget the Sleeping Pad! A winter sleeping bag is useless without a thick sleeping pad. So, if you don't already have a sleeping pad designed for winter, be sure to get one. Remember, sleeping pads are designed for BOTH warmth and comfort!
Don't Jerry-Rig a Three Season Bag for Winter Use. It's not really possible to "jerry rig" a three season bag to make it suitable for winter use. Many good three-season bags keep you warmer when you sleep without clothing. About the best you can do to "winterize" a three-season bag is to insert a sleeping bag liner. But it's still a sorry substitute for a quality four-season bag.

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