Q:

What is the best side sleeping bag for a woman that gets cold easily?

What's a good down sleeping bag for a side/stomach sleeper who rolls around and gets cold easily? My 15 degree bag just doesn't cut it when the temp drops below 40, even with a liner. Joey herst, Massachusetts

Feb 23, 2009
Outside
Outside Magazine
A:

I feel your pain. I just camped out in 30-knot Falkland Island winds in a battered 20-year-old, what-used-to-be-down mummy bag and the cold made me crazy. In my disoriented slumber I thought the penguins squawking outside my tent were actors in a British sitcom.

GoLite just came out with the Adrenaline O, a beautiful zero-degree, 800-fill goose down, gender-specific bag designed to bring warmth and comfort to the places women need it most. For side sleepers like you there’s a center/front half zip that eliminates cold zones on the side of the bag and also keeps you from being impaled on a zipper pull.

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With a snug hood and a 50/50 down distribution for full loft and warmth, this two-pound, 10-ounce bag will keep you so cozy that you might want to consider it in the 20- or 40-degree version. $400; golite.com.

Depending on your height and weight, another good option is the Rab Women’s Atlas 750 bag. Shorter than a man’s bag (200 x 70 cm), this ten-degree, highly breathable, highly abrasion-resistant bag was designed with a narrower shoulder area and wider hips, which better mirrors the shape of a women’s body. The 600-fill, three-pound, five-ounce bag’s shaped hood and two-way side zip with a down-filled zip baffle ensures that you aren’t going to get an arctic blast in the unfortunate event that you have to readjust your zipper in the middle of the night. $325; rab.uk.com.

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