|Looking for a sleeping bag
||[Oct. 21st, 2008|02:31 pm]
I am looking for a new sleeping bag.|
Would anyone have good recommendations for me?
I need a 3 season bag, weight is an issue, and I am a rather short female :)
Thank you in advance!
Are you looking for down or synthetic?
Are you more often warm or cold? (I'm always cold, so my 0F bag is my "three season" bag)
Do you have space constraints (i.e. backpacking vs car camping)?
FWIW, I love my Marmot Women's Teton 0F down bag. :)
I am probably looking for synthetic.
I am ALWAYS very cold... so I think I will probably need a 0F as well.
and its backpacking
I'l check out your bag, but I think I need synthetic
I'm curious - what do you wear to bed when camping out? I'm always cold in my sleeping bag too, even though it's rated for ten below, and I've had friends tell me it's because I wear too much clothing (long underwear, sweats, sweater, socks, sometimes a hat, depending on how cold it is). They all just wear boxers and maybe a t-shirt, and they're toasty warm... but then, they're guys, and I sometimes get the sense that they don't notice cold the way normal people do ;) At any rate, I know next time I go camping I'm gonna give the less-clothing thing a try.
Yep, I usually put on a few layers also :)
I never tried less clothing because I just can't bring myself to undress in the cold :)
down is sometimes lighter than synthetic, and with proper care it can last you more than 20 years. with heavy use the warmth of a synthetic bag can break down after 5 or 6 years.
i would also get a silk sleeping bag liner which will add breathable warmth and also help keep the inside of your bag clean, especially after a few days of backpacking. :D
and if you are REALLY cold (or if you are using a down sleeping bag in freezing and wet conditions) you should get an overbag to add warmth and draw the condensation layer away from the down. is this why you want a synthetic bag?
I've got a Mountain Hardwear Phantom, love it. Lightest bag on the market. 15 degree bag is good for 3 seasons, thru October/November at the places I go. You can extend the temperature range by wearing a down jacket and some thermals inside the bag if necessary.
Ditto on the liner, and I would go with a Marmot bag. I have a down 15F bag, and it's served me well, summer to winter.