A -20-Degrees F Sleeping Bag
Marmot Col Sleeping Bag
Launched in 1975, Marmot supplied the cast and crew of The Eiger Sanction, a climbing film starring Clint Eastwood, with down jackets and sleeping bags. Down has been part of the company ever since. Marmot introduced the Col in 1994, and it has seen significant upgrades in warmth and waterproofness over the years. The modern-day Col is the industry standard for its weight-to-warmth ratio, making it one of the most popular expedition bags on the market. There are more compact bags out there — better for anyone who knows they sleep a little hot — but the Col is for the rest of us, anyone who thinks overkill is the way to go when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep or thinks it’s important to be toasty enough to enjoy a game of cards while waiting out a storm. [starts at $649; marmot.com]
TIP: Compressing a sleeping bag degrades the feathers and reduces its loft. Before and after your expedition, a bag like the Col should be stored either hanging fully unpacked or, at least, stuffed very loosely into a bag no smaller than half its full volume.
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