Women's Sleeping Bags

Outside Buyer's Guide (Summer 2008)

Marmot Women's EcoPro 15 $165
The 15-degree EcoPro is made with a new 80 percent recycled synthetic insulation and 100 percent recycled polyester shell fabric. But it compresses and insulates as well as comparable synthetics and comes with a microfleece-lined collar and a stash pocket. 15°F, 3 lbs; marmot.com

Lafuma Warm'n Light 600g Down Lady $110
It's slightly dubious that a bag that packs down to the size of a tennis shoe can keep you warm, but even on a 38-degree night, you'll be snug. Credit the 650-fill down insulation and an additional interior foot pouch that can be pulled over your toes. 40°F, 1.6 lbs; lafumausa.com

Rab Women's Atlas 750 $325
With more than a pound and a half of 610-fill down evenly distributed in arced baffles, this bag has serious loft and feels like a feather bed. And it's equally toasty: The external draft collar is plush, while the articulated foot area allows ample wiggle room to warm up your digits. 10°F, 3.7 lbs; rab.uk.com

Mammut Kira 3 Season $160
Synthetic bags tend to have worse weight-to-warmth ratios than down. But the 25-degree Kira comes much closer than most, thanks in large part to the bag's unusual internal-collar design, which snaps around the neck but still leaves plenty of space for claustrophobes. 25°F, 4.1 lbs; mam mutusa.com



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