Although down sleeping bags are wonderful, they do not keep you warm when wet and are tough to dry out. A kayak trip on the ‘Wet Coast’ calls for a synthetic bag. I searched high and low for a synthetic bag that packed down small (with enough insulation of course), and Mountain Hardware seems to have the best selection of quality synthetic sleeping bags. I really like the UltraLamina 15. There is a zipper on either side, which only go down to about the waist, but their double zippers and the coolest part is that you can stick your arms out either side and read a book without getting cold! And also bravo on managing to design a system for tightening the hood that opens just in place for the nose and eyes, keeping one nice and toasty.