As the summer fades and fall creeps along, the average backpacker recognizes his days on the trail and nights in the bag are at a close. Which means there's plenty of room for the rest of us who know that the real show is just beginning, thanks to rough-and-ready gear like Nemo's new Rhythm 25 sleeping bag.
The Rhythm 25 is filled with PrimaLoft synthetic down, which makes it highly resilient and supremely insulating – remarkably, even when wet. That translates to a cozy night for one without a liner, even when temperatures drop to 25 degrees Fahrenheit. With a liner, you have a good shot of sleeping comfortably all the way through winter. And the best part of the bag? No more mummy-sleeping. Its innovative spoon shape means there's extra legroom, as well as shoulder space for side sleepers who tuck their knees closer to their chests, or simply the huskier among us. (That's right, mountain man, there is a sleeping bag for you.) The leg box is waterproof yet breathable, cutting down on the dreaded "swamp-bag" effect, and the innovative BlanketFold tucks around the opening, offering a cozy, bed-like comfort.
We tested the Rhythm 25 in the changing forests of the Northeast and slept like babies, even in the short grass of an exposed clearing. Weighing in at just over 3 pounds, it's also blissfully light, especially considering its temperature rating, which further takes the edge off your pack. Owning a Rhythm 25 will change your sense of what is possible. Which is to say, it's a little dangerous – you may never want to come home. [From $230; nemosleepingbags.com]