If feathers were leaking from the bags you had used before, they were not filled with down.  In a quality down bag, the down stays down in the bag where it belongs.  I would say that a difference of 1/2 pound  is indeed significant - you will be carrying that weight all the time, everywhere.  Lug it twenty miles and I'll bet you will agree....

The best course is to personally inspect the bags.  A sleeping bag is the most significant item you will purchase (along with your backpack and boots) so be sure you get what works for you.......

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