Awarded the Editor's Choice by Backpacker Magazine in 2008, the Lithium continues to be a favorite among gear reviewers and consumers alike. Weighing 2 lbs. 12 oz., this 850-fill goose down bag will keep even the most hardcore alpine adventurers warm at night. Featuring an insulated zipper draft tube and a right- or left-side zipper option, Marmot has produced a high quality and durable sleeping bag.
Average price as of 2009: $459
Mountain Hardwear Banshee SL
Esteemed as offering the ideal balance between lightweight materials and winter warmth, the Banshee SL is an extreme weather sleeping bag. Outfitted with a Conduit rip stop shell for resistance against inclement weather, this sleeping bag is ready for anything. Compact and weighing 3 lbs., 10 ozs., this hardcore winter bag contains 800-fill goose down insulation. Additional features include double draft tubes and a laminated zipper flap to block out cold air.
Average price as of 2009: $500
North Face Superlight
Recipient of glowing reviews from satisfied backpackers and mountaineers, the Superlight comes in a men's and women's designs. North Face has equipped the Superlight with Trapezoid Box Baffles, which keeps the 600-fill goose down in place to prevent cold spots. Ideal for year-round mountaineering or seasonal backpacking, weighing 3 lbs., 5 ozs. The Superlight additionally features a silky nylon taffeta, sleeping pad retention loops, and a seven-chamber sculpted hood with a hidden cord lock adjustment.
Average price as of 2009: $320 to 340
Article Written By Patricia Poulin
Patricia Poulin is a freelance writer based out of the western slope of Colorado. Poulin's travels and insight have chronicled in print media resources, such as "Inside Outside" and "Breathe" magazine. She is also a regular contributor for other various publications including "USA Today." Poulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.