Sierra Designs Cloudripper
Fill: 700 fill down
Temperature Rating: 15
Price Paid: $128
This sleeping bag is an amazing deal! I found one for $130, and for that price you can't find a better 15 degree bag. It is only 3lbs 3oz, and beyond being lightweight it packs down to 9x19". I've had it out on only one weekend trip, but it proved to be very comfortable and plenty warm. To back it up, this bag won the Backpacker Magazine Editors Choice Award in 2004.
Update: September 4, 2006
Very affordable down sleeping bag. Very lightweight and compact. Water resistance has proved very effective for small amts of water contact. Can get a little warm inside and doesn't breathe the best. On warmer nights (45-55) I found myself to feel a little clammy, but on cooler nights (20-40) this bag was perfect.
Temperature Rating: 15
Weight: 3.3 lbs.
This is a great bag. I've used it in the low 30's F. temperature range and it is warm. Ice formed around the hood blow hole. I've read reviews complaining it was too warm on 40 degree nights. It is a 15 degree bag, not a summer bag. Used as it should be used, you can't beat it.
Fill: 600 fill down
Temperature Rating: 0-15 degrees
Weight: not sure--about 3 pounds
Price Paid: $150
Was disappointed with the comfort level when using the Cloudripper in the southern California desert! I didn't get to find out what the temps were but I think they were somewhere in the low forties. I sleep on a air cushion that is about 7 inches thick and experienced "cold spots" on my back. I do like to be overly warm when sleeping so that is to the bag's disadvantage but I ended up covering myself and the bag with a cheap, secondary, fiber sleeping bag and then I was comfortable. I only paid about $150 on sale but I think the bag is not worth full price.
Fill: Down 650
Temperature Rating: 15 degrees
Weight: 3.3 lbs
Price Paid: $129
Used this bag for the first time on a 5-night 52-mile trip through the Eagle Cap Wilderness in Oregon in September. Temps ranged from 40 - 25 at night. At 40 it was a bit warm but you just open it up a little, at 25 it was very comfortable. I love the two sleeping pad straps on the bottom to hold the pad. Compacts well to fit in the lower pack compartment - I do not like strapping a bag external to the pack. Love the waterproof feature – breathability was acceptable. Very satisfied with this bag, it will go on a lot more trips.
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