Hot Night Lights

Aug 1, 2003
Outside Magazine

KELTY's LIGHT YEAR mummy bag wraps 650-fill down in a Teflon-treated nylon shell: It breathes, and water beads up and rolls right off. These qualities, and the bag's high compressibility, make the 45-degree-rated Light Year a sweet choice for through-hikers. Cinching up the hood and neck is a breeze, thanks to color-coded pull cords. To avoid sweaty feet, Kelty added a clever zip vent at the foot. Meanwhile, multiple loops and tabs steady your pad and keep the optional liner from shifting. ($120; 800-423-2320,

MOONSTONE helped develop Polarguard's 3D synthetic fill, and the pearly-white 3D STRATUS goes nuts with the soft stuff, coddling those who tend to get wet from condensation with layers of fast-drying insulation over cold-sensitive zones like head, torso, and toes. On hot nights, yank down this mummy's full zip. A durable, water-repellent coating resists stains, and tests have shown that the Stratus can be machine-washed and -dried repeatedly with only a slight loss of its 32-degree-rated thermal value. ($150; 800-390-3312,

The KOMPAKT SUMMER by MAMMUT is a good fit for stowage-challenged bike campers and alpinists. The semi-rectangular bag stuffs down to the size of a two-liter bottle—tuck it into a waist pack and fellow hikers will never suspect you're sleeping out. Made with a wispy nylon shell and liner and filled with a fast-drying hollow-fiber polyester, this half-zip 50-degree bag is intended for people under six feet tall. On cooler nights, go-light types can tuck it inside an optional bivy sack. ($159; 800-451-5127,

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