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My favorite bag

This bag has every right to be big, bulky and heavy...but it's not! This is the bag that I use the most. 20 degrees keeps me comfortable 3 seasons in the mountains and during spring and fall in the desert. I've never found a 20 degree bag that lofts as tall as this one. It's roomy for my stout stature yet weighs a scant 2 lbs. The stuff size is slightly greater than a football. Although this is made from Western's least water resistant shell, I awoke in the Cirque of the Towers one morning in Sept. to 24 degrees and 4 inches of snow covering me in my Alpinlite. (The stars were out when I went to bed. Why would I pitch the tent!)The bag was dry. I was warm. Just rolled over and went back to sleep.
If you're an ultralite fanatic and want to save another 1/2 lb., get the Ultralite. While you're wrapped tight in your 1 lb. 8 oz. bag, I'll be makin' babies in mine.

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Thank you for the thoughtful answer on the differences in the bags, Tom. I need that extra width, so the Alpinlite is the one.