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Backcountry Montana 0º Sleeping Bag

Written by: McKenzie Long

The popular online retailer Backcountry.com has started producing its own exclusive gear. The company makes stylish and functional outdoor clothing that our testers have fully enjoyed, and now Backcountry makes sleeping bags for the masses as well. Designed and produced by Marmot for Backcountry.com, these products seem tailor-made for budget shoppers and those new to Read more ›

Zenbivy Bed

Written by: McKenzie Long

The ZenBivy Bed is a Kickstarter-funded product that bills itself as the world’s first two-piece sleeping bag. It is a non-traditional style sleeping system that solves a few problems: it keeps the sleeping bag secured to the sleeping mat and it allows the sleeper to comfortably sleep in any position they desire. The unique design Read more ›

ZPacks Classic Sleeping Bag

Written by: McKenzie Long

ZPacks is a small company that produces American designed and manufactured products for fast and light backpacking. ZPacks sleeping bags are currently made to order, which means there is no 2-day shipping available, but there are also no wasteful extra products being made in a cheap factory. The ZPacks Classic Sleeping bag is a backpacking Read more ›

The North Face Hyper Cat

Written by: McKenzie Long

The North Face Hyper Cat is a mummy-style synthetic sleeping bag that prioritizes low weight and low bulk. This is refreshing in the synthetic category, where the bags are always bigger and bulkier than down models. It is also the least expensive bag in our three-season sleeping bag review. If you are on a budget Read more ›

Therm-a-Rest Vesper 20

Written by: McKenzie Long

New for 2019, the Vesper is a backpacking quilt from Therm-a-Rest. It has no hood and no zippers, which reduces weight and bulk. The foot box is contained, but the back of the bag is completely open. This can either be left open to circulate fresh air, or it can be tucked underneath the sleeping Read more ›

Sea to Summit Flame III

Written by: McKenzie Long

The Sea to Summit Flame III is a new product for 2019 and is the only women’s specific bag we have included in this review. In general, men and women can use the same sleeping bags as long as they are sized appropriately for height. The benefit for women when it comes to buying a Read more ›

Patagonia 850 Down Sleeping Bag

Written by: McKenzie Long

Patagonia, the beloved outdoor clothing company with an increasingly liberal political stance and a focus on environmentalism, now makes sleeping bags in addition to down jackets and fishing waders. True to Patagonia’s reputation, the details on this bag are well planned and executed, and the feathers are traced from farm to factory to ensure the Read more ›

Feathered Friends Tanager

Written by: McKenzie Long

New for 2019, the Tanager is a simple, ultralight product from Feathered Friends that is essentially an ultralight makeover of their Vireo model. It is designed to have as few features as possible in order to keep weight low and maximize efficiency and warmth. U ultralight backpackers and mountaineers – people who value low weight Read more ›

Big Agnes Bolten SL 2.0

Written by: McKenzie Long

The Big Agnes Bolten is a 20-degree, standard mummy-style, synthetic sleeping bag. It breaks from convention with the inclusion of stretchy panels that run the length of the bag on either side, enhancing the comfort, fit, and mobility of the bag. Weight Big Agnes lists the Bolten as weighing 2 pounds 11 ounces. On our Read more ›

Zeal Incline Sunglasses

Written by: Gavin Coombs

The Zeal Incline combines a comfortable design with innovative plant-based materials with technical features. The Incline was the most comfortable pair of casual sunglasses tested due to their incredible weight and wide design. They also look great. We tested the Matte Smoke with Polar blue lenses. This combo definitely stands out, but the classic design Read more ›

Zeal Decoy Sunglasses

Written by: Gavin Coombs

The Zeal Decoy is a high quality, really well-built pair of sunglasses. The frames and lenses are really sturdy but a little stiff. The comfort on the Decoy is ok but can be a little tight, especially if you have a slightly larger head. The rigidity really adds to the quality feel but reduces the Read more ›

XX2i Brazil1 Sunglasses

Written by: Gavin Coombs

The Brazil1 by XX2i Optics is a really nice-looking pair of sunglasses. We tested the matte tortoise color with “polar brown” lenses. These are pretty unassuming sunglasses that look great on the trail and out on the town. The little chrome dots add a nice little touch to them without being overly gaudy. Unfortunately, they Read more ›