In the past, I compiled data and compared the various –20F high quality down sleeping bag options.  Now, I’m doing the same comparison chart of high quality down (700 fill power or greater) sleeping bags for 3 season use.  These bags are rated in the 15F to 25F temperature range.

Fill Power

As I covered before, fill power is the metric for down quality.  Fill power multiplied by ounces of fill gives the total volume of down fill.  I cite the total volume of down fill in my chart.

Table Data

There are more sleeping bags in this list.  I’ve chosen to simply highlight the three best in each category using italics.  Thus, the three lightest weight bags, the three most inexpensive bags, and the three highest fill volume bags will each be in italics.

Means and standard deviations have been calculated, and are reported at the bottom of the chart.

The Table

MFG MODEL TOTAL WEIGHT PRICE FILL VOL
Marmot Helium 31.83 369 16575
Marmot Pinnacle 40 329 18000
Western Mountaineering Alpinlite 31 425 16150
Western Mountaineering Ultralite 29 385 13600
Western Mountaineering Apache MF 33 410 16150
Western Mountaineering Badger MF 40 445 19550
Western Mountaineering Apache GWS 38 490 16150
Western Mountaineering Badger GWS 44 540 20400
Feathered Friends Hummingbird 27 334 11390
Feathered Friends Swallow 31 354 13855
Feathered Friends Swift 34 374 15470
The North Face Nebula 49 369 14400
The North Face Hightail 32 379 17000
Mountain Hardwear Spectre SL 44 430 12800
Mountain Hardwear Phantom 31 400 16000
Kelty Foraker 15 45 299.95 15000
Mean

36

396

15781

SD

6.7

61.0

2342.1

As always, the data is compiled from the manufacturers.

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4 Responses to “Sleeping bag comparison 3 season 20F down”

  1. Chris says:

    Jeff,

    Those are two good topics. I’ve been working on those in my spare time, particularly tent selection. In the next few weeks I should have something together. In the meantime, have you checked out my review of the Bibler Eldorado tent?

    Thanks!

  2. Jeff says:

    I would really like to hear your opinion on what to look for in a backpack, tent etc. What you find are useful features and what are needless weight. What you think will fail or have experienced fail.

  3. Chris says:

    Jeff,

    Thanks for the kind words. Glad you like my blog. If there are any topics you’d like to see me cover, please let me know!

  4. Jeff says:

    Fantastic post. Your blog is both informative and interesting. Really enjoy reading your articles.

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