We scoured the closures of the earth investigating more than 50 packs that are adroit for use in cool temperatures. Our discoveries show that the Mountain Hardwear Phantom Torch 3 is best in the bundle, while the Nemo Sonic and Western Mountaineering Versalite bring home Top Pick grants. The Best Buy remains the Rab Ascent 900, while the Kelty Cosmic 0, at $220, accepts the cake as the Best Buy on a Tight Budget. New to the audit this year, we’ve incorporated the REI Co-Op Magma 10 and the Sea to Summit Talus III. A past Editors’ Choice victor, the Brooks Range Drift – 10, is out of stock until late 2019, as per the maker.
Little pressed size
More extensive cut than the opposition
Our most loved hood outline
Sufficiently warm to dig in a snow give in, however light enough for skiers, explorers, and climbers moving, the Mountain Hardwear Phantom Torch 3 edges its way past some firm rivalry to seize our Editor’s Choice Award. The Torch has a more extensive, more agreeable cut than the Western Mountaineering Antelope and the Feathered Friends Snowbunting, and a great warmth-to-weight proportion. With 27.9oz of 800 fill goose down and a materials weight of just 15.9oz, The Torch’s outline organizes Insulation most importantly, yet its about translucent shell still figures out how to keep light precipitation out and keep the down in. Finish everything off with twofold reserve pockets to end late-night bobbling for your headlamp or telephone, and you have a warm and flexible winter sack.
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Best Bang for the Buck
Rab Ascent 900
Best Buy Award
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Impervious to rain and snowmelt
Not a decent warmth-to-weight proportion
Doesn’t pack and in addition sacks with goose down
Draft tube gets captured in zipper
Need warmth however would prefer not to burn up all available resources? It’s fortunate there’s the Rab Ascent 900. 31.7oz of 650 fill duck down kept our analyzers warm as the night progressed. This sack is similarly as warm as different packs that are double the cost, yet additionally significantly heavier. In the event that you get a kick out of the chance to mull over your side or your stomach, this sack has a lot of space for a wide range of sleep strategies. The Ascent 900 is somewhat overwhelming for long exploring excursions, however for a short trek or a base camp, this sack is an extraordinary spending alternative.
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Best Buy on a Tight Budget
Kelty Cosmic 0
Kelty Cosmic 0 Best Buy Award
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Stuffed brimming with 600-fill down
Poor climate obstruction
The Kelty Cosmic Down 0 is incredible for the winter camper on the most secure of spending plans. Its overwhelming, and it doesn’t pack down little, yet it will keep you warm, and we feel warmth is the most imperative element while considering a winter sack. This sack likewise accompanies some extraordinary highlights like a full-length draft tube and a draft neckline. This sack gauges more than some other pack in our audit, however it’s as yet lighter than a portion of the engineered choices. In case you’re doing some auto outdoors on your winter excursion, you don’t need to give high costs a chance to remain in your direction. Since this pack is substantial, we don’t prescribe it for snow capped climbing.
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Top Pick For Lightweight Adventures
Western Mountaineering Versalite 10
Western Mountaineering Versalite 10 Top Pick Award
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Phenomenal warmth-to-weight proportion
Limited cut for warm productivity and weight investment funds
Great obstacle free zipper
Not as impervious to rain and snowmelt as a portion of the heavier sacks
The Western Mountaineering Versalite is our go-to sack for ultralight winter undertakings. Tipping the scales at an inadequate 2lbs 1oz, this sack has an extraordinary warmth-to-weight proportion and is marvelous for spring ski visits and cold climbing trips. The Versalite isn’t as climate safe as a portion of the heavier sacks in this audit, yet it packs down littler and weights not as much as each pack in its class, aside from the REI Co-Op Magma. Similarly as with every one of the packs from Western Mountaineering, the Versalite has a magnificent tangle free zipper, an elevated draft tube, and a warm draft neckline. Combined with a down coat, the flexible Versalite is an incredible decision for the individuals who tend to rest warm and need to cut weight.
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Top Pick For Comfort
NEMO Sonic 0
NEMO Sonic 0 Top Pick Award
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Works for an extensive variety of temperatures
Exceptional vents for warming up or chilling
Agreeable for a wide range of dozing positions
Not as warm as different packs evaluated to a similar temperature
The Nemo Sonic gets our Top Pick For Comfort grant. The liberally wide cut gave our analyzers a lot of space to hurl, turn, and sprawl inside this pack. Warm vents enabled us to dial in simply the appropriate measure of warmth. Furthermore, the profound hood, wide shoulder cut, and versatile foot box enabled our analyzers to change garments while still inside the pack. In view of the additional room, this pack isn’t as thermally proficient as a portion of the more tightly fitting sacks, however on the off chance that solace is your best need, this could be the sack you’ve been searching for.
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Best For Expeditions
Marmot Col – 20
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Super wide cut for putting away boots, water, or additional attire
Bombproof against snow
Additional support in the foot box to oblige boots
Doesn’t pack down little
The Marmot Col is an incredible sack for endeavors, where you’ll likely invest days on end inside your dozing pack, remaining warm and sitting tight for good climate. This pack has a lot of space to store water bottles, boots, additional attire, and whatever else you would prefer not to solidify. This sack is spacious to the point that one of our analyzers discovered he could even read while remaining totally inside. On the off chance that solace, climate opposition, and warmth take need over weight and packability, the Col is an ideal decision for your winter base camp.
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Investigation and Test Results
A decent resting sack is the absolute most critical bit of apparatus you will bear on a medium-term or multi-day stumble into the wild. Consider it your survival case in the wild. The capacity to tunnel inside an elevated down case toward the finish of a cool day and get warm without a fire can transform an unforgiving cold scene into a winter sports heaven. Present day down sacks enable us to remain alive and even rest serenely in the coldest conditions with waterproof/breathable textures, hydrophobic down, and an assortment of cunning outline techniques. A decent night rest is basic for all the climbing, skiing, or climbing you plan on doing in the daytime. Our survey determination incorporates packs that will keep you warm and comfortable in the parking area of your most loved winter ridge, and also top of the line, lightweight sacks suited for climbing endeavors and boondocks ski visits. With a huge number of costly down packs out there, obtaining a decent one can be more troublesome than finding your way in a whiteout.
2017’s grand line up. We figure it took several geese and ducks to give this space.
2017’s elevated line up. We figure it took several geese and ducks to give this space.
For 2018, we brought back some time tested top choices from our past survey and set them against a scope of newcomers. Each sack was assessed for its glow, weight, comfort, pressed size, highlights, and climate opposition.
A resting sack’s glow comes down to a mix of the volume or space of its fill material and the cut or attack of the pack. A pack with more space will keep you hotter in light of the fact that there will be more protected air among you and the cool air outside. This protected space takes into account you to make a warm microclimate with your body warm! The cut or attack of the sack decides how much additional space will be inside the pack. Additional space can be helpful for pleasing additional layers you might need to wear, or things you need to keep warm with you as the night progressed, similar to water bottles, boots, headlamps, telephones, and batteries. In any case, if there is more uninsulated space there is inside the sack, it is less thermally effective. It will take more time to feel warm inside, and you will see any drafts that make it past the draft neckline.
The hottest packs in our determination are the sacks with the most space and the most fill material. The Marmot Col – 20 houses a noteworthy 44oz of 800 fill shut down, and includes a wide cut, with a lot of room for wear/putting away additional layers. The Col brings home an ideal 10 out of 10 in this class. Our analyzers discovered they could even change garments inside the sack. The more tightly fitting The North Face Inferno – 20 feels similarly as warm with 36.4oz of 800 fill down on the grounds that there is less uninsulated space. It likewise brings home a 10 out of 10 in the glow metric.
The Marmot Col is extraordinarily elevated with 44oz of down.
The Marmot Col is extraordinarily elevated with 44oz of down.
Our Editors’ Choice honor winning Mountain Hardwear Phantom Torch 3 (scoring a 8 out of 10) feels just a touch less warm and significantly lighter than the packs specified above and has less room than the Marmot Col yet is more extensive than the likewise appraised Snowbunting and Antelope. At last, for those searching for greatest warm effectiveness, there is the Feathered Friends Snowbunting, the slimmest sack in our survey, pressing 25.3oz of 900 fill down into a 2lbs 13.6oz bundle. The Snowbunting likewise brings home a close ideal 9 out of 10 in this metric.
The Western Mountaineering Versalite on the left is 2lbs lighter than the Marmot Col – 20 on account of its lightweight shell textures however the Col is hotter and way more climate safe.
The Western Mountaineering Versalite on the left is 2lbs lighter than the Marmot Col – 20 due to its lightweight shell textures, however the Col is hotter and way more climate safe.
The Western Mountaineering Antelope MF, the Mountain Hardwear Phantom Torch 3, and our Top Pick for Comfort, the Nemo Sonic, are comparably evaluated and weighted sacks, yet the Phantom Torch 3 and the Antelope feel hotter than the Nemo Sonic on the grounds that they both have more down and smaller fits. The Western Mountaineering Versalite, minimalistically evaluated to 10 degrees, is the lightest pack in our audit, however is as yet hotter than the heavier Nemo Sonic and the Sea to Summit Talus II, because of its high space and a smaller cut.
More affordable packs like our Best Buy Award Winning Rab Ascent 900, Sea To Summit Talus III or the Kelty Cosmic Down 0 can feel as warm as a portion of the higher end sacks. The Rab Ascent 900 utilizes 31.7oz of 650 fill control duck down to an accomplish a glow rating like the substantially lighter and more costly Western Mountaineering Versalite. Fortunately you can rest out in the lower temps at a lower cost. The Kelty Cosmic Down 0 is as warm and elevated as the Rab Ascent 900, however you’ll pay with your legs, back, and the space in your pack.
A resting pack’s aggregate weight is a component of its fill material and the heaviness of its shell textures. A sack with higher quality down (at least 800) can accomplish a lower temperature rating at a lower weight. Cutting edge shell textures take into consideration climate opposition and strength, even in light, 12 denier shells. Light is correct in case you’re going all the way! Be that as it may, it’s typically exceptionally costly.
The lightest packs in this audit are the Western Mountaineering Versalite with its super thin 12 denier extremelite shell, and the REI Co-Op Magma 10, both scoring an ideal 10 out of 10. The Verslite flaunts 20oz of 850 fill goose down and tips the scales at 2lbs 1oz; it has an amazing warmth-to-weight proportion yet isn’t as climate safe as the heavier Feathered Friends Snowbunting. The Magma 10 gauges an insufficient 1lb 14oz yet isn’t as warm as the Versalite. The welterweight Western Mountaineering Antelope MF tips the scale at 2lbs 10oz, precisely the equivalent as the Nemo Sonic, yet the amazing lightweight shell assigns a greater amount of that weight to protection, so it feels hotter.
Obtaining a lightweight pack is a simple method to alleviate the burden on your next ski visit or winter exploring trip.
Buying a lightweight sack is a simple method to relieve the burden on your next ski visit or winter exploring trip.
The hottest packs in our determination are likewise a portion of the heaviest. The Marmot Col – 20 weighs 4.08 lbs, devoting 21.3oz to its intense, exceedingly climate safe 30 denier Pertex shell texture, while The North Face Inferno – 20 (3.44 lbs) shaves off the ounces with a lighter shell and a littler cut. The Mountain Hardwear Phantom Torch 3 (2.74 lbs) removes a couple of ounces while as yet having a wide fit because of its light shell textures.
Midweight sacks incorporate the Feathered Friends Snowbunting (2lbs 13.6), the Rab Ascent 900 (3lbs 4.6oz), and the Big Agnes Storm King 0 (3lbs 6.7oz). The Kelty Cosmic Down is the minimum costly pack and the heaviest, weighing 4lbs 1.5oz, nearly the equivalent as the Marmot Col – 20, however no place close as warm or climate safe.
The capacity to sit up and move around a bit is basic in case you will invest heaps of energy in your sack enduring terrible climate. Here in the Eastern Sierra it’s for the most part great climate.
The capacity to sit up and move around a bit is basic in case you will invest heaps of energy in your sack enduring terrible climate. Here in the Eastern Sierra, it’s for the most part great climate.
We decide comfort in light of the vibe of the pack against our skin, how the hood and draft neckline fit, and above all, how much space is clinched. Resting sacks with a more extensive cut by and large got higher solace scores. In the event that you rest solely on your back, a wide cut isn’t excessively of a worry, however for a portion of our analyzers who spend their evenings in a pack for quite a long time, space to mull over their sides and stomachs is critical. The cost of solace? Additional texture likening to additional weight and less space in your rucksack. Consider how well you perform following a poor night of rest and you may choose the additional weight is justified, despite all the trouble.
The Nemo Sonic wins our Top Pick for Comfort since it has the greatest cut of the considerable number of sacks; it utilizes a 20 denier ripstop texture to hold the weight down from everything that additional size. Our analyzers discovered they could rest easily in this pack in any position, even the in the exemplary “can opener” position, because of the slight stretch in the center. The Big Agnes Storm King 0 additionally scored high in the solace metric because of its spacious inside and incorporated cushion outline. Adored by a portion of our analyzers and abhorred by others, the Storm King highlights a cushion sleeve that causes you remain on the cushion for the duration of the night yet makes it hard to sit up while staying inside the sack. The Rab Ascent is additionally very happy with, procuring an ideal 10 out of 10, highlighting additional room in the hips and foot box.
With regards to comfort fit is critical. Our lead analyzer gropes really comfortable enclosed by the Big Agnes Storm King.
With regards to comfort, fit is vital. Our lead analyzer fondles quite comfortable enclosed by the Big Agnes Storm King.
Both of the Western Mountaineering sacks lost indicates in this metric due their shallow hoods. Our analyzers for the most part favored the marginally more profound, more extensive hood of the Mountain Hardwear Phantom Torch 3. The most minimal scores in the solace metric go to the Feathered Friends Snowbunting and the Kelty Cosmic Down 0. Both have shallow hoods and generally thin (yet thermally effective) cuts. The two packs scored a 6 out of 10, yet are in no way, shape or form awkward – basically normal. Once more, on the off chance that you fundamentally mull over your back, the width isn’t so imperative. Furthermore, in case you’re keen on the Snowbunting for elevated and huge divider climbing, you’ll likely be on your back in any case, thinking about a restricted edge or settled among the stones.
Our lead analyzer has a lot of space to think about his stomach with one leg twisted in the roomy Nemo Sonic.
Our lead analyzer has a lot of space to consider his stomach with one leg bowed in the extensive Nemo Sonic.
Ski visiting can be an apparatus escalated action, and pack space is a premium once you’ve represented a scoop, test, nourishment water, layers, and a tent. Likewise for elevated climbing, when you may discover your pack flooding with ropes and cams. Higher quality materials are basic for expanded packability. To survey the pressed size, we packed each pack into our Sea to Summit pressure sack and pulled down as hard as we could on the pressure ties.
Much shockingly and please, each pack fit inside the pressure sack, even the huge Marmot Col, which looks immense when flung in its stockpiling sack. The ultra-light Western Mountaineering Versalite typically packs down the littlest, with the Nemo Sonic coming in at a nearby second. The Versalite 10 earned 10 out of 10 in the audit, as did the similarly packable REI Co-Op Magma 10. The Mountain Hardwear Phantom Torch 3 stuffs to a little size, particularly thinking of it as’ 29.9oz of down, because of its almost translucent 10 denier shell texture. It likewise has the best stuff sack (included).
The Rab Ascent 900 (fifth from the right) and the Mountain Hardwear Phantom Torch 3 (fourth from the right) pressed down the littlest in their included stuff sacks yet the Western Mountaineering Versalite (6th from the right) pressed down the littlest of all in our secondary selling pressure sack.
The Rab Ascent 900 (fifth from the right) and the Mountain Hardwear Phantom Torch 3 (fourth from the right) pressed down the littlest in their included stuff sacks, yet the Western Mountaineering Versalite (6th from the right) pressed down the littlest of all in our secondary selling pressure sack.
Sacks with a drop top shut down remove the most space. The Big Agnes Storm King 0 (650 fill) depends on its incorporated cushion for base protection and packs down somewhat littler than the Rab Ascent 900. The Kelty Cosmic Down 0 is the slightest packable, consuming up more space than the Marmot Col and The North Face Inferno – 20.
The Nemo Sonic has a ventilation framework utilizing two zippered gills on the highest point of the sack, so you can chill when utilizing the pack in hotter climate. The Western Mountaineering packs are a champion for their wonderful obstacle free zippers, while the Nemo Sonic’s zippers always caught on its twofold draft tubes. Packs with basic, compelling highlights tended to score higher on the grounds that they are more averse to break and make for a lighter, more solid item.
No sack is intended to withstand full submersion however huge numbers of the packs demonstrated exceptionally water safe. Here we could press the let some circulation into of The North Face Inferno however just a little measure of water got in.
No sack is intended to withstand full submersion, however huge numbers of the packs demonstrated exceptionally water safe. Here we could press the let some circulation into of The North Face Inferno, however just a little measure of water got in.
Top scorers in this metric incorporate the Marmot Col – 20, and the Big Agnes Storm King 0, which all scored 9 out of 10s, and were drawing out the highlights. The Mountain Hardwear Phantom Torch 3, Nemo Sonic 0, and Rab Ascent 900 were all trailing firmly behind, scoring better than expected 8 out of 10s.
A decent draft tube is fundamental to shield chilly air and dampness from entering the sack through the zipper.
A decent draft tube is basic to shield cool air and dampness from entering the pack through the zipper.
It is fundamental that a winter sack can withstand buildup, snowmelt, and even the periodic rain shower, as the atmosphere in the mountains is variable relying upon height. On the off chance that down gets wet it loses all its protecting properties and you’ll need to stop your excursion, or more regrettable. On the off chance that a pack can withstand the components all around ok all alone, you get a reward weight funds since you don’t need to bring along a bivy sack or a tent. A resting sack’s climate opposing capacities come down to shell textures. A portion of the packs highlight extraordinarily treated hydrophobic down.
The makers guarantee hydrophobic down ingests less water and keeps up its space better, and dries out quicker than untreated down. Our testing group couldn’t recognize a contrast among treated and untreated down, to a limited extent on the grounds that the shell textures on a significant number of the sacks are so viable at repulsing water that the down didn’t get wet. Shy of slicing into the sacks to completely splash the down, there was no real way to test the viability of this treatment.
The Marmot Col – 20 is top dog with regards to battling the antagonistic climate. Its husky, waterproof shell assimilated zero water, even in our submersion test. The Feathered Friends Snowbunting and The North Face Inferno – 20 fall in directly behind the Marmot Col. These contenders kept our analyzers warm and dry in light rain.
Cool rain is no counterpart for the Feathered Friends Snowbunting (closer view).
Chilly rain is no counterpart for the Feathered Friends Snowbunting (closer view).
The Big Agnes Storm King 0, Rab Ascent 900, and the Nemo Sonic opposed the rain well, yet all assimilated little measures of water in the submersion test (simply don’t hop in the lake with your dozing pack and you’ll be fine). Indeed, even the lightweight Western Mountaineering sacks and the Mountain Hardwear Phantom Torch 3 were impenetrable to light rain and buildup.
The Kelty Cosmic Down was the main sack to wet through in our rain testing because of its sewn through development.
The Kelty Cosmic Down was the main pack to wet through in our rain testing because of its sewn through development.
Just the Kelty Cosmic Down 0 ingested enough rain to drench through to our analyzers. On the off chance that you choose to buy this warm, spending plan cordial sack, ensure you have a successful method to keep it dry, similar to a tent, or the back of your auto.
A stuff sack and a capacity sack are incorporated with every one of the packs in this class, except for the Kelty Cosmic Down 0, which just accompanies a stuff sack. The Western Mountaineering packs have the biggest stockpiling sacks so you can store them at most extreme space. Read our Buying Advice article for appropriate information about how you can drag out the life of your down resting pack. The North Face Inferno – 20, the Mountain Hardwear Phantom Torch 3, and the Rab Ascent 900 all incorporate stuff sacks with pressure lashes, and the Mountain Hardwear pressure sack is of remarkably great quality. Make certain to buy a quality cushion that will keep your body warmth in. All the costly, high caliber down is futile if it’s packed underneath your body, with just a thin shell layer among you and the solidified ground. You’ll require a cushion that light, solid, and protects well to supplement a winter down sack.
A warm down sack is pivotal for pleasant evening’s rest so you can feel refreshed and prepared for throughout the day winter sports activity! Here our lead analyzer is psyched to get up and go skiing.
A warm down sack is vital for pleasant evening’s rest, so you can feel refreshed and prepared for throughout the day winter sports activity! Here our lead analyzer is psyched to get up and go skiing.
We trust we’ve unwound a portion of the puzzles around choosing the best cool climate down sack to suit your particular needs. While a down pack may appear like a colossal monetary speculation, it will keep you warm and comfortable for a considerable length of time if appropriately thought about, and nothing beats a decent night’s rest under the stars on a long winter’s night. Accept a gander at the Buying Advice article in case regardless you’re feeling unverifiable.