An­des 800 $660

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With its 800 fill-power Euro­pean goose down, a highly weather re­sis­tant Per­tex En­durance shell and a con­ser­va­tive rat­ing of - 14 C, the An­des 800 is a good op­tion for win­ter ad­ven­tures in the Rock­ies. Rab em­ploys ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal trape­zoidal baf­fles for ef­fi­cient con­trol of the warmth-trap­ping down. A full draft col­lar and gen­er­ous hood help seal in heat and pre­vent un­wanted drafts. While the bag is built on a mummy shape, it of­fers enough room to ac­com­mo­date ex­tra cloth­ing and wa­ter bot­tles. Rab also uses a so­phis­ti­cated an­gled foot box that min­i­mizes dead space and en­sures warmer feet. An in­ter­est­ing ad­di­tion that per­haps speaks to Rab’s damp U.K. lo­ca­tion is the in­cluded dry bag com­pres­sion stuff­sack. While it may not be nec­es­sary in ev­ery cold weather sit­u­a­tion, it is a nice bit of in­sur­ance against a wet bag. Climbers think­ing of spend­ing ex­tended time in sub­zero con­di­tions should look at the Rab An­des 800.

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