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Recommend me a 15* down bag

Postby TahoeJeff » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:07 am

I have a Marmot Never Winter bag rated at 30* which weighs in at 2 lb. 7 oz. and a NF Super Light rated at 0* and weighs 3 lb. 9 oz. I'd like to get a 15* bag weighing 2 pounds or less, any suggestions?



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Re: Recommend me a 15* down bag

Postby 87TT » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:53 am

Marmot Helium is what I have.
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Re: Recommend me a 15* down bag

Postby markskor » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:58 am

Big advocate for Western Mountaineering products. Yes, their bags are pricey but only have to buy once. FYI, carry the Badger.

Try their Apache...a true 15º and 2 pounds, 1 oz.
or their Versalite...10º and 2 pounds.
Then only have to carry one Sierra bag...as both are lighter.

(Also... hit/hold "alt" and type 0186 = º)
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Re: Recommend me a 15* down bag

Postby maverick » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:13 am

Western Mountaineering for sure, love both of mine!
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: Recommend me a 15* down bag

Postby rlown » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:48 am

ditto on WM gear!
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Re: Recommend me a 15* down bag

Postby tim » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:19 am

I love my Marmot Helium. Its great if you are looking for plenty of room in the shoulders
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Re: Recommend me a 15* down bag

Postby rlown » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:22 am

hence the WM badger.. best thing i've ever slept in.

Brings up the question. body size. Pick accordingly and let your shoulders, arms have room.
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Re: Recommend me a 15* down bag

Postby maverick » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:31 am

What size are you looking for TJ? May be able to get you deal, PM me.
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Re: Recommend me a 15* down bag

Postby longri » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:35 am

markskor wrote:Big advocate for Western Mountaineering products. Yes, their bags are pricey but only have to buy once.

Western Mountaineering bags are very nice. I have several. But it is not necessarily true that they last for life. If you use one enough it will in fact permanently lose loft eventually. Zippers also go at some point. I now own two Ultralights. The old, tired one gets used for car camping.

markskor wrote:(Also... hit/hold "alt" and type 0186 = º)

That's the masculine ordinal (º). Degrees (°) is Alt-0176 (on the numeric kepad).
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Re: Recommend me a 15* down bag

Postby Bluewater » Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:05 pm

The Katabatic Sawatch is a highly rated 15 degree bag and although I don't use it myself (I make my own) it is what I would buy if purchasing a commercially available sleeping bag or quilt.

Even with the largest size options (long/wide) the 15 degree Sawatch weighs 29.7 ozs which includes 19.1 ozs of 900 f/p down. Size 'regular' only weighs 24 ozs (w/ 15 ozs of 900 f/p down!). Some of my backpacking buddies use the Sawatch and/or the Palisade (30 degree) and they all recommend them.

Katabatic bags consistently receive the highest reviews and awards (2012 Outdoor Gear Lab Editors Choice and Backpackinglight 'Highly Recommended' review). Their patented attachment system seals out any drafts.

I'm not affiliated with the company in any way, but I have 'borrowed' some of their designs when making bags and quilts at home. I really like the tapered trapezoidal footbox design and have used it on a few of my own quilts.

Just my $0.2:).
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Re: Recommend me a 15* down bag

Postby TahoeJeff » Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:38 pm

Thanks guys for all the good advise!
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Re: Recommend me a 15* down bag

Postby FeetFirst » Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:10 pm

Take a look at Feathered Friends offerings too. As mentioned above, body size has a lot to do with which model (e.g. shoulder, hip, and foot girth dimensions), but here's a good example (with a tad of an overfill): http://featheredfriends.com/swallow-nan ... g-bag.html
I'm still rather convinced that you can achieve more than you've ever dreamed of if you just lower your standards.
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