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Al­most a decade ago, we gave this 0°F bag and oth­ers in Marmot’s ultralight se­ries an Ed­i­tors’ Choice Gold Award for their cat­e­gory-lead­ing per­for­mance. In the years since, the Lithium has only got­ten bet­ter. Its pre­mium 800-fill down is now wa­ter-re­sis­tant, en­hanc­ing loft on ex­tended trips or in wet con­di­tions. Curved baf­fles limit down shift­ing and im­prove warmth. The con­toured foot­box is larger, and a short, sec­ondary zip­per at the shoul­der boosts ven­ti­la­tion and makes it eas­ier to get in and out. What hasn’t changed: The shell is still made with light-but-durable Per­tex Quan­tum fab­ric, a muff around the face seals in heat, and the ful­l­length zip­per runs smoothly. Bonus: Com­pared to a decade ago, the Lithium is the same price (ad­justed for in­fla­tion) and 2 ounces lighter. And it’s filled and fin­ished at Marmot’s Cal­i­for­nia fa­cil­ity. $499; 2 lbs. 10 oz.; 0°F;

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