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Discussion in 'Camping Sites & Equipment' started by outrunner, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. outrunner

    outrunner Well-Known Member

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    I am in the market for a new sleeping bag, something that will keep me cosy down to -2 degrees or so will be fine, also needs to pack down small and priced at no more than £150 :eekicon: Anyone have anything they would recommend that fits the bill?
    And before you say it Vader, a shroud will not be ideal. :)


    Andy.
     
  2. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Well-Known Member

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    How about 2 stitched together,saves you money later.
    Now that should appeal to you :D
     
  3. Ian Porter

    Ian Porter Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    I've been happy with my Alpkit down bags

    They don't pack down as small as some of the expensive brands but still pretty small
     
  4. nigelphoto

    nigelphoto New Member

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    It may not be exactly what you're looking for, but I've got an Australian Swag which is brand new and has never been used and I'm happy to negotiate a very sensible price. I bought it on a whim and then my wife made me realise I'm too old to camp and I'd rather pay for a nice warm bed for the night and a dry place to sh*t. If you're interested PM me.
     
  5. Rubberchicken

    Rubberchicken Well-Known Member

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    Depends on what you mean by "small". ;)

    Down will compress well but is a bit fussy maintenance wise and won't be cheap.

    Synthetic is dead easy, can be cheap, but won't really compress. Mind, that doesn't immediately mean they're the size of Vader's sleeping bags, but not something you tuck in your tankbag either.

    I've been rather pleased with my Decathlon/Quecha bag. Compresses down to a ball of about 20 cm diameter. They don't have mine anymore but this one seems pretty similar: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/-5c-light-hi ... 43488.html
     
  6. Boris

    Boris Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    Well my down bag is too bleedin' hot for most of the year. It was getting a bit grubby so I bunged it in the washing machine when we came back form Germany and the Netherlands this year and now its twice as fluffy when unrolled so it will probably be even hotter.

    Its a Eurohike Down 500 sleeping bag but I notice the design has changed substantially on the website so the new one may be better or worse. Not much help then. Packs down to the size of a largish melon / american football.
     
  7. austin

    austin Well-Known Member

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    Andy, First thing is not to believe the ratings systems. They are designed to confuse you and a -2 bag will probably be just about warm enough for a comfortable night when it's forecast to be about +7 or 8 at night. Look at the label properly and you should see something like "comfort" and "extreme". The extreme rating is the temp you probably won't die in if you wear all your clothes and shiver all night. Comfort is the temp a fit young man (not joking) should have a comfortable night wearing thermals and fully fed and watered. There's an EN standard that should be quoted to cover all the above.

    Also add in that ground temps can several degrees colder than air temps - which is what they forecast and is more noticeable when its cold - and its not surprising most people complain their minus 5 bag is rubbish when it gets below freezing.

    So, if you really want to sleep at below zero temps wearing just a tee shirt you need a bag rated at -10 or lower. Down bags IMHO are loads better than synthetic not just coz they pack smaller but coz they drape better over your body are less clammy and so have a wider range of comfort, eg down might be comfortable from -5 to +15, whereas synthetic will be something like -5 to +10.

    And before anyone says synthetic bags are warm when wet, I am sure they are a bit but a night in a wet synthetic bag is going to be a very miserable cold night. Time for a B&B I would have thought.

    I have Nanok (-5) and Helsport (0c) down bags both of which cost me around £100 (the helsport reduced from something stupid like £250) and they are both brill,although I would say the helsport is warmer and nicer as it has better quality down in it and a better pertex outer. In warm weather I use a silk bag and the open up the sleeping bag as a quilt so I can just pull it up when needed.

    I have also had several synthetic bags, each of which started great but after a few uses lost their loft and became cooler and not so nice places to be in. I am a convert to down now.

    Good luck with the search.




    Sent from my iPhone with a smile :)
     
  8. Boris

    Boris Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    Recently I've been doing a similar thing by using a silk sleeping bag liner and fitting that over my thermarest like a fitted sheet and then opening my down bag out and using it like a quilt. Works really well and is more than warm enough even when the temp drops a bit.
     
  9. rainbar2

    rainbar2 New Member

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    In my opinion at least 4**** B and B. You never have to wash or dry it and its still always there when you arrive.
     
  10. Lowflyer

    Lowflyer Well-Known Member

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    Down sleeping bag, bought from Mountain Warehouse ? cost about £100, never had the shivers in it yet :D

    Take varying amounts of amber nectar is a cheaper solution, snuggle down, easy peasy :lol:
     
  11. scouseviking

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    Cool looking bag ,how much are you asking for it, how heavy is it?
     
  12. Raymo

    Raymo Active Member

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    RAB 900 down bag,
    packs about the size of a wee rugby ball..
    that on an expet 9...
    sorted oh and a few drams helps to John..

    t
     
  13. Mikey

    Mikey Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    What he said
     
  14. Boris

    Boris Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    That was one (along with the 700) that I was considering as a replacement for my bag although now I've washed it and it looks like new I'll give it another go first. My main concern would be it would be so hot for the summer months. How do you find it?
     
  15. scouseviking

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    This is no longer for sale as I just bought it.
    Looking forward to heading of into the woods on my dommie and turnin redneck for a while..........lol

    PS.
    Must stop watching bear grylls and all them silly survival programmes on the interweb. :beer:
     
  16. Sharribee

    Sharribee Moderator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    I love my rab I've never been cold in it, and if it gets to hot I use it like a quilt and throw it off me onto Jay :)

    Best bit of kit I've ever bought.
     
  17. nigelphoto

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    NOW SOLD - bought by scouseviking - may he have many successful and happy camping trips!
     
  18. Boris

    Boris Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    I see last years model is available at a great price here
    http://www.joe-brown.com/15336/products ... oCIr3w_wcB
     
  19. Boris

    Boris Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    And I bought one to replace the one that was borrowed and never returned [1]. Ordered Sunday evening and It arrived this morning (Tuesday) Great service from Joe Brown in Welsh Wales.

    [1] Rant... Why I hate lending stuff Now where to leave that invoice for £165 quid?
     
  20. Beddowsm

    Beddowsm New Member

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    I like the look of this. Any idea the length of it? Don't want to buy a bag that's too small. I also have the Euro 500, advised by Borris a year or two back. Has served me well. Small pack size and light. Only issue now is that its started to lose its filling. More weathers on the inside of the tent than in the bag. It has had a hard couple of years so no complaints from me. Just time for a new winter bag before the frosts start. The Rab900 at £165 looks ideal........just need to know the length. Im 6 foot 5.
     

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