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An affordable sleeping bag best suited for wet climes.     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Mountain Hardwear Ratio 32

A top-tier down sleeping bag that handles rain for only $230?!? We’ll take it!

While the untreated down bags on a rainy test trip became soggy, the 40-degree Ratio's feathers, which are coated with a water-repellent material, stayed lofty, even when our tent was dripping with condensation. (The water-repellent treatment on the bag's shell helped.)

We were also impressed with the innovative diamond-shaped baffles, which held the 650 fill in place and packed surprisingly small. Our only beef was with the main zipper, which, despite anti-snag panels, tended to catch when we were in a hurry.

Bottom line: A versatile, well-priced bag that best suited for wet climes. 32˚; 1.9 lbs 

$230, mountainhardwear.com

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