I have a bit of a sleeping bag habit. I just got myself a Montbell Ultralight SuperStretch Down bag. It's got elastic in it so you can move around more than a regular mummy. It's 1 lb, 7 oz and is good down to 35 degrees. For colder than that I have a bivy for the outside and a mylar bag for the inside.
Usually I sleep in a down quilt but once it gets cold and windy I want something that goes all the way around. The quilt is rated to 20 degrees and weighs 17 oz.
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I think I got all my bags are REI too! I have the light weight 35 degree Nooksak which is my go to bag, especially for summertime. And it zips up to my boyfriends bag. I also have a big Agnes that I love, but like Bubbletoes said, it's best for car camping, or maybe a quick overnight, it's very comfortable, but not really lightweight.
I have a winter bag, that is rated to 0 degress, but it is really big, bulky and heavy (don't recall the exact weight, but I think it's close to 4 pounds.
I use a silk liner sometimes too, and it does help with the temp rating, as does wearing clothes at night!
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Thanks for the info. I'm in the research and try on phase right now. I try to buy from rei because of their liberal return policy. I also like their twice yearly sales of other peoples returned goods. Same policy applies to these goods as well.
BBrigs - Several companies make waterproof/water resistant down bags (off the top of my head I know Sierra Designs and Western Mountaineering do). Big Agnes bags are good - just be aware of the fact they are a sleep system(your sleeping pad is the bottom insulation) It tends to work best for back sleepers or people who don't use the hood. The double wide synthetic is ONLY a car camping bag. My husband and I use the same set up at Big Agnes only MUCH lighter using a down quilt from Jack R Better.
I always use my silk liner bag - feels nice, keeps me warmer, and I've never had to wash my sleeping bag after over 250 nights in it. For cold nights I have a fleece liner bag.
We also have a 30 degree Western Mountaineering bag, 15 degree women's REI Sub Kilo , and a 15 degree Marmot Angle Fire
I have a 4lb O degree synthetic fill mummy bag- I have only backpacked overnight 2 times and it worked well all though it only got down to 30 degrees that night. My hot flashes probably would take care of the rest.
A bag liner would be an upgrade for me and a bivy bag to go over it. It makes sense to me and would be less weight than the tent. I prefer to sleep in a lean to anyway
This was the first time I ever used a Mummy style bag, and who would think that a bag would help you stay on your diet!
Long johns and a hot water bottle. Actually I sleep in a layer of clothes weight dependent on the season. It is supposed to keep your bag cleaner and thus warmer than if you spread your sweaty bug dopey and sun screen slimed up body all over the inside of your bag. It kind of makes sense to me.
We just got a new bag today. Hi-tec Elevation Mummy sleeping bag that is double layer top and bottom. It says its rated at 15 F. It ways 2.5 lbs. Its 100% polyester. I opened it up and crawled in to see what its like. Its seems good. But always the real test is when your out backpacking or just camping. My husband thinks it won't be warm enough. I really don't get that. But then I have seen alot of light weight sleeping bags that say their all that and their not. I have been camping with many of people that freeze in the middle of the night. So hopefully my husband is not right.
Funny you should ask. I just bought an rei nooksack when they were on sale for about 50 bucks. They are small, I hope I can get some sleep in it without hyper-ventilating. Under 2 Lbs. 35 degree bag. very warm on the back deck for about 2 hours when it was in the thirties without a pad. they are supposed to add some thermal help. My wife says we can upgrade our existing 10 year old not top of the line 3 Lb modified mummy style bags. We are looking at big agness 20 degree bags or their double bag they seem to be made comfortabaly. We need to get synthetic insulation because dogs get damp alot in Oregon and we are worried about the effectiveness of down. Way back when in the world before kids I was a down snob and would like to get her on board but she is worried about wet down. Anyone got any ideas short of kicking the dogs out of the tent as this won't fly with DW.
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