Western Mountaineering adds the Summerlite sleeping bag to their lineup in Fall 2006. At only 19 ounces, the Summerlite is the lightest fully baffled bag made by Western Mountaineering. Designed specifically for lightweight fanatics, the Summerlite targets warmth per weight but keeps a few features, such as a full zipper, for convenience. It will be available in two lengths, regular (fits to 6 feet tall) and long (to 6 feet 6 inches).
The Summerlite meets the needs of most ultralight hikers, and when combined with a jacket and pants in a sleep system, can easily take most of us well below freezing. At 19 ounces the Summerlite is clearly a new leader in balancing performance, features and weight for lightweight summer trips. I hope to have an early version of the Summerlite with me on the PCT this summer. Expect a full report later in the year.
Features and Specifications
19 ounces manufacturer's specified weight (21 ounces long length)
9 ounces of 850 fill power down (10 ounces in long length)
32 degree manufacturer's temperature rating
4 inches loft
Full length zipper
MSRP $280 ($295 for Long)
"Western Mountaineering Summerlite Sleeping Bag (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Don Wilson. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/western_mountaineering_summerlite_orwm2006.html, 2006-01-28 03:00:00-07.