EN comfort rating: 31 degrees F. Fill: Synthetic. 43oz ($159-$179, www.rei.com)
The only synthetic bag in our test, the 2 pound, 10 ounce Lumen has nice attention to detail. EN comfort rated to 31 degrees, the cut on the bag is similar to the Kelty SB 20–just large enough for good sleepability without any excess. The interior fabric has fantastic tactile feel. Of all the standard mummy shaped bags, the Lumen has the best draft collar, which uses one round and one flat cord for draft collar and mummy hood, making them easy to tell apart by feel in the dark. The zipper is backed by the fantastic anti-snag binding tape. Overall this bag offers great value. It’s very much a synthetic goldilocks.
Caveat: Shorter lifespan of synthetic insulation, no Durable Water Repellent coating.
Best for: Wet conditions; it has a good price point and packs small.
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Best for immobile sleepers who need the smallest-packing bag
A do-it-all bag for car camping and the occasional overnight trip, or canoe trips without portages
For those on a tight budget
Best for expeditions with lots of hiking or portaging
Not sure where your paddling will take you? This one can do it all.
Best for tall people with active legs