Gearing Up:In the Bag

State-of-the-art designs for rack time

Field & Stream Online Editors

** 1. Cabela's Mountain ** (best bargain)
Trapper For a drive-in deer camp, your only packing concern is fitting the bag into the pickup truck. So live large. This bag is nearly 3 feet wide and holds 6 pounds of Slumberloft HQ insulation. Lined with soft cotton flannel, it has a full-length draft tube to seal out any cold breezes. It comes in zero- and minus-15-degree models. About $60¿¿¿$70. 800-237-4444; www.cabelas.com

**2. Mountain Hardwear **(most cutting-edge)
Banshee SL This bag is made with a new waterproof-breathable shell called Conduit and has welded seams, so there's no stitching to wick water into the insulation. Rated to 5 degrees, it's packed with 800-fill down-the warmest, most compressible on the market. All this warmth comes in at a wispy 3 pounds 3 ounces. About $400. 800-330-6800; www.mountainhardwear.com

**3. L.L. Bean 40-degree Mount Washington **(most versatile)
Rectangular A down bag is better for balmy conditions because it breathes more efficiently than a synthetic bag, leaving you feeling much less clammy. This bag's Pertex shell sheds heavy mist but is still tough enough for the backcountry. The 775-fill down compresses wafer-thin. The bag comes with a compression sack. About $235. 800-221-4221; www.llbean.com

**4. Big Agnes Park Series **(most comfortable)
The new Park Series is made for people who can handle a bit of bulk in exchange for comfort. An integrated bottom sleeve holds a sleeping pad in place. The semirectangular bag is a roomy 25 inches wide. A sleeve in the hood holds a small pillow or rolled-up jacket secure. Available in 20-, zero-, and minus-20-degree models. About $129¿¿¿$169. 877-554-8975; www.bigagnes.com