MONTBELL SUPER STRETCH DOWN HUGGER #7 • $215 • WEIGHT: 16 ounces
This unique goose-down bag has elastic baffles that draw it around you like multiple down collars, reducing drafts. Despite such clever engineering, the sleeping bag was not one of the warmer models. During nights in the low 40s, we could not sleep without bundling up in clothing. Still, the elastic baffles gave the bag nearly unrestricted freedom of movement, and, with its full-length zipper, this is a great warm-weather bag. For shorter folks, the Down Hugger #7 also features a foot drawcord that lets you seal off the unused end of the bag, so you don’t have to heat that dead space. The bag’s Ballistic Airlight Nylon shell is strong, but not weatherproof: In damp conditions, use a bivy sack or tent.
PROS Full-length zipper will vent bag on warm nights. Roomy design means a good night’s sleep.
CONS None, as long as you don’t push the temperature envelope.
RECOMMENDED USE Camping. With a weatherproof bivy sack or tent, the Super Stretch is good for alpine bivies down to 45 degrees.