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Highlite vs Cariboo

Same Bag Different color. Little heavier but right in the zone. Full ZIP.
Western Mountaineering sleeping bags ROCK.

Highlite vs Cariboo
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Well they are not the same bag entirely. The design is the same, being box baffled vice continuous, and as you said the Caribou is a full zip model. However, arguably the largest difference is in the fabric. The Highlite uses WMs collaborative Microlite XP fabric, which is an ultralight fabric with a high thread count and tight weave. Whereas the Caribou uses Western's Microfiber fabric that also has a high thread count, but uses a thicker yarn. In turn, the tight weave and thicker nylon yarn makes it more water resistant and durable, while being only incrementally heavier. Both bags have a DWR finish and shed water; however, the Caribou is much more versatile due to the greater durability and water resistance, and the full zipper.

I agree, Western bags are bomber, and you truly cannot go wrong with which one you choose.

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Oh and the Caribou is a wider model, measuring around five inches wider in the shoulder, four in the hip, and one at the foot. The Highlite is intended to be slim for thermal efficiency and weight savings—hence the half zipper.

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*and correction to my first comment: I meant microfiber yarn over nylon yarn, and that the Microlite XP has a DWR that the Microfiber doesn't need.

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