BEST FOR: Paddlers, backpackers in wet climes. THE TEST: For the Cloudbreak, Marmot used body mapping to deploy two kinds of synthetic fill that insulate even if wet. The result: a good night’s sleep no matter the weather. The torso and footbox are insulated with loftier, more expensive fill, which ups the R value—a common insulation measure— without adding unnecessary weight (or price). Testers in Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness were impressed that the interior stayed warm and dry even on a tent floor puddled with snowmelt and spilled beer. THE VERDICT: Provides the tailoring of a high-end down bag—snug hood, plush draft tubes around the face, ergonomic footbox—in a moderately priced synthetic. 20°; 2.3 lbs
WARMTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: 3
It’s the little things. The Cloudbreak’s upper cord is smooth and flat, while the lower cord is round. Translation: making middle-of-the-night adjustments no longer requires fumbling around.