NEMO’s Upcoming Cold Weather Bag Wins Best in Show

GearJunkie150For Fall 2013, NEMO will be launching the first in its series of cold weather bags. Canon -40, which debuted at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market show in January, has won the Best in Show award from Gear Junkie.“A tsunami of gear hit the Salt Palace Convention Center in Utah this past week, where the twice-annual Outdoor Retailer trade show sprawled for tens of thousands of square feet. On display were to-be-released tents, packs, jackets, ice axes, GPS gadgets, fire-starters, lights, shoes and all manner of equipment and apparel imaginable. GearJunkie was on the ground with a crew of six editors and reporters to scour the halls in search of the most stand-out new items, our “Best in Show” picks for winter of 2013… This gear represents the state of the art in outdoors equipment and gear design,” said Stephen Regenold.“Minus-40 Bag (with blow hole). We gave the first generation of this bag recognition in 2011. But NEMO never got it off the launching pad. This year, the brand revised its Canon -40 bag to make it one of the most unique winter sleeping systems ever built. It uses 850-fill down throughout. The slots on front, called gills, zip open and closed to vent. A head-ensconcing hood is finished off with a PrimaLoft-insulated baffled tube that sticks up and offers a ‘stovepipe’ to breathe. The often-wet footbox area has a mix of down and synthetic insulation to keep the loft going even if snow soaks through. Finally, for moving around in the tent, cooking, and working with gear the bag has zip-open arm hole areas so you can do tent chores without ever getting out of the bag. Weight is 4 pounds, 7 ounces. $999.”