Brooks-Range Cloak 15
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Designed as a lightweight efficient sleeping system that can partner with any sleeping pad. Using only the top half of the sleeping bag, the Cloak offers a superior weight to warth ratio with the use of 850 fill Goose Down that has been treated with DownTec. "It Feels comfy and unrestrictive, like a bed rather than a sleeping bag" Backpacker Gear Guide Spring 2013.April 2013 Gear Guide, Backpacker Magazine:"On moderate summer nights, a blanket is all you want - and that's precisely what the zipperless Cloak offers, but with smart, camping-specific features. the rectangular, 850-fill down quilt simply drapes around the sleeper (a weightier draft tube along the perimeter creates a "tucked-in" feel, but this is still an ultralight model for serious ounce-cutters). A sleeve at the bottom mates with a sleeping pad to keep feet covered and prevent the Cloak from drifting away. "It feels comfy and unrestrictive, like a bed rather than a sleeping bag." says one tester, who pulled the cover to her chin on chilly nights, or tossed it aside to cool down - just like at home. And it's a smart choice for condensation-prone ultralight shelters, thanks to a DWR treatment on the 15-denier nylon shell and water-repellent down (from DownTek; see Fab Features, opposite) that maintains loft through extended humidity. Bonus: The blanket style is more versatile than a sack-style mummy bag. Testers wrapped themselves in its warmth when sitting in camp and after a running race, when the Cloak minimized post-exertion chills. The premium down and minimalist design make it tiny when packed (the size of a liter bottle). But it's not for big guys: Our broad-chested tester found it too narrow to seal out drafts (It stopped short of covering his back and chest when he slept on his side)."