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Moonstone Delta Cirrus Sleeping Bag : Ultra Light, Ultra Comfortable

I'm all about comfort and warmth. I'm also allergic to down. So I need a sleeping bag that won't keep me awake or make me sneeze. If it's totally compressable, even better.

The Delta Cirrus sleeping bag is part of Moonstone's ultra light line, featuring the lightest shell fabric and insulation around. Lined with Polarguard®, the Cirrus is temperature rated to 32 degrees F (0 degrees C). I love that it's so warm and so lightweight because I don't like having to sleep under a heavy bag or blanket. In fact, I often use this bag unzipped on my bed instead of my comforter because it's so comfortable. I get the heat without the bulk.

For outdoor sleeping, I really appreciate this super lightweight bag. It's only 1 lb. 12 oz. and compresses into a stuff sack smaller than a basketball (7.5" x 11.5"). I can easily add it to the sleeping bag compartment in my pack, with extra room to spare. Since I'm basically a big weakling, anything that lightens my load is essential outdoor gear. With my light bag and my light tent, I'm good to go!

I've never had a sleeping bag with a hood before, and I like this one for cold nights. All I have to do is pull on one cord to tighten the hood. I also like the glow-in-the-dark zipper pull, which comes in handy when I wake up in the middle of the night for a bathroom break. Most important, the Cirrus has a full-length zipper, and the rip stop nylon shell doesn't make crinkly noises when I move (that could wake up my tentmate or me, for that matter). A small, but thoughtful feature -- two nylon "hooks" on the bottom seams of the bag for hanging up the bag when not in used. My old bag doesn't have those.

Bottom Line: The Cirrus comes in regular and large, and is available for purchase at the online retailer Moosejaw.--E.D. (Sept. '05)

Price: $160 reg, $170 large

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