Western Mountaineering Summerlite

Summerlite     Photo: Courtesy of Western Mountaineering

BEST FOR: Ounce-counting summer backpackers and minimalist mountaineers. THE TEST: We love that Western Mountaineering bags are made by a guy named Gary in San Jose, California, and that Gary eschews new designs, instead honing existing ones to perfection. Case in point: the Summerlite. Stuffed with high-end 850-fill down, it weighs just over a pound and packs to the size of a Nerf football. One tester lauded the zipper, which runs almost clear to the toes, for venting on a steamy night on Oregon’s Deschutes River, and another said the construction operated “as snag-free as a SEAL Team Six mission.” THE VERDICT: Light is right. 32°; 1.2 lbs

COMPRESSIBILITY: 5
WARMTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO: 5

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