My husband and I are looking for relatively lightweight, zero-degree sleeping bags that can be zipped together and are suitable for backpacking. Any advice? Kathy Kremmling, Colorado
Actually, many sleeping bags are mateableyou simply buy one with a left zipper, and the other with a right zipper. But not all bags are mateable, because on some bags the zipper doesnt go all the way to the foot of the bag.
Western Mountaineering Antelope MF Sleeping Bag
Antelope MF Sleeping Bag
One advantage of zipping bags together is that you actually can get by with a lighter bag due to the gain from mutual body heat. My recommendation is to get a pair of Western Mountaineering Antelope MF bags. These down-filled bags are conservatively rated to five degrees, are extremely well-made, and weigh two pounds, seven ounces in the regular length. And theyre mateable. They cost $435 a pop, but theyll last pretty much forever.
In a zero-degree bag, Marmots Couloir ($400) also can be purchased with right and left zips and then attached to one another. Its a little heavier than the Antelope, at three pounds, three ounces each. But its a high-quality bag, with 800-fill down, a Pertex nylon shell with water-repellent treatment, a snug-fitting hood, and more.
Ive recommended down bags because cold-weather down bags typically weigh much less than their synthetic counterparts. But that isnt always the case. The North Faces Pyxis ($219) is a zero-degree synthetic bag that weighs a very competitive three pounds, one ounce. It might not last as long as the down bags, but it does cost considerably less.
Hope that helps!
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