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Re: Sleeping Bag vs. Sleeping Clothes ?

Postby maverick » Mon May 19, 2014 5:20 pm

Also check out these bags, they stretch, making it more comfy fro side and stomach
sleepers: http://www.montbell.us/products/disp.php?p_id=2321188 also these: http://www.sierradesigns.com/sleeping-bags/bed-style
For quilts check these: http://www.nunatakusa.com/
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Re: Sleeping Bag vs. Sleeping Clothes ?

Postby gary c. » Mon May 19, 2014 5:51 pm

Why not keep your sleeping bag and just buy a lighter pad. At 12oz for the NeoAir XLite you could save well over a pound, about 20oz actually. The NeoAir has a 3.2 R-value and since you said you also carry thin foam pad you would have more than enough protection for 3 season hiking.
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Re: Sleeping Bag vs. Sleeping Clothes ?

Postby AlmostThere » Mon May 19, 2014 5:58 pm

OzSwaggie wrote:Hi All

We are counting grams again, and my 1600gram 15 degree sleeping bag is annoying me. We carry a good, warm 4 season tent with no permanent mesh (so, no draughts). I carry a downmat 5.9 R-value, with a thin closed cell foam underneath.


Just reread this again.

With a 4 season tent and a downmat, there are more than grams at stake. You can easily downgrade for July/August.... There's plenty here that makes the sleeping bag weight look petty.
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Re: Sleeping Bag vs. Sleeping Clothes ?

Postby OzSwaggie » Tue May 20, 2014 12:02 am

My downmat weighs a pound (3/4 length, ultralight - r value 5.9) and the tent is 2 1/2 lbs each between the two of us. I'm happy with these weights for the benefits gained :) It was only the sleeping bag that seemed a waste of grams. (OK, I admit it, I'm not as tough or experienced as most of you!)

(I only mentioned the tent and mat situation as I thought this might be relevant to advice re. choice of sleeping bag/clothes/quilt.)
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Re: Sleeping Bag vs. Sleeping Clothes ?

Postby OzSwaggie » Tue May 20, 2014 12:26 am

Thanks Maverick ;)
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Re: Sleeping Bag vs. Sleeping Clothes ?

Postby AlmostThere » Tue May 20, 2014 7:39 am

The words "five pound tent" activate the ounce counter in me.

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That was my first tent... thank dog I found someone to buy it from me so I could move on...
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Re: Sleeping Bag vs. Sleeping Clothes ?

Postby OzSwaggie » Wed May 21, 2014 2:59 am

Almost There, thank you, you are totally right we could save significant weight by using a more minimalist tent. We have looked at lots of others, both in shops and in the field, but both of us really like our tent, and feel it is worth the weight. It is an Exped Venus 2, has lots of great features, and I would thoroughly recommend it to people like us who enjoy the camping part of trips as much as the walking part, and who are not very experienced in the backcountry so need the safety factor while still learning. We are definitely not "fast and light" backpackers, and don't really aspire to be at this stage. I bring a paperback book to read, and my backpack itself weighs over 5 lbs (so now your ounce-o-meter will be having a fit :D

I just don't think my heavy sleeping bag is worth it - if I can get something else that will do the same job and save me a couple of pounds, and not cost too much $, I will.

Our first tent weighed 11 lbs. It was a 3 person with an enormous vestibule and we lugged it up to Little Yosemite Valley along the Panorama Trail in 2010 on our first ever backpacking trip to the amazement of a couple of PCT hikers we met there, who thought we must have just come from Mt Everest! It was a gorgeous orange thing big enough to sort of crouch/stand up in, and with a vestibule we could do yoga in. So we actually find our current tent quite minimalist. :)

Give us a few years and a few more trips and maybe we'll be under a tarp ...
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