Patagonia sure knows how to make an entrance. Last month, the storied apparel company dropped its first-ever sleeping bags, a product 45 years in the making. Well, Patagonia claims its founder, famed environmentalist and climber, Yvon Chouinard, created a down sleeping bag back in 1972, but he just never brought it to market. (Better late than never?) The new sleep sacks pay homage to Chouinard’s early designs. And, as with everything the brand makes, they seem to be meticulously engineered.
The first two sacks — a 32.2-oz. full-zip bag designed for temperatures as low as 19 degrees Fahrenheit , and a 25.9-oz., half-zip option good to 30-degrees Fahrenheit option — are made of 100 percent rip-stop nylon, stuffed with 850 fill down (it’s sustainable and can be tracked from parent farm to apparel factor, ensuring the birds weren’t force-fed or live-plucked) and have such thoughtful features as a roomy, insulated bottom that actually lets you move your feet around a bit. There’s also an ultra-light ‘elephant’s foot’ bag meant for minimalist high-alpine climbing. If that’s your thing, the bag weighs a feathery 17 oz.
Now, these sleeping bags aren’t made for the average car camping expedition. They’re best for multi-day excursions. But, if you’re looking for extra comfort at your campground — or are planning a guy’s trip to the backcountry — the three-season sacks are a solid choice. In other words, the wait was worth it.
$299, $399, and $499.