POUNDER • $179 • WEIGHT: 16 ounces
The only non-down bag tested, the Pounder has Primaloft insulation, the closest synthetic I’ve found for matching down’s softness and drapability. It is also the insulation for wet conditions, as it absorbs little water and dries quickly.
The Pounder’s hood and neck are ringed with an insulated tube similar to that on the Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45D. The bag has a full-length zipper that allows it to open completely—much appreciated during warmer nights.
Three testers used the bag in temps around 40 degrees, and all were chilled even while wearing additional layers for insulation. We considered the temperature rating of 40 to be optimistic.
PROS Best bag for wet conditions.
CONS Not as warm as the other sleeping bags. All but furnace-sleepers will need to wear all their layers below 50 degrees.
RECOMMENDED USE Three-season, lower-elevation camping.