BEST FOR: Three-season backpacking in drier climates.
THE TEST: The 750-fill Antares has no insulation on the bottom of the bag and works best paired with a 25-inch pad. It’s not the first such design, but it’s one of the best: just slip the pad through the straps and it’s held in place—no more rolling or sliding off. “It feels comfortable the minute you get inside,” said one tester. A nearly full-length side zip lets you vent on warmer nights, while the full draft collar and sculpted hood seal in warmth when temperatures drop.
THE VERDICT: Some testers missed being able to roll around with the bag, something you can’t do with the Antares with a pad in place, but none complained about the impressive weight and packability. 20˚; 1.9 lbs.
WARMTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: 4