Hi Brett. Well, I'm gearing up for the first time here and I'm planning most of my hikes for the North East, the Catskills and 'Dacks in particular. I'd like to do some winter backpacking this year, but I may not make it due to the costs associated with buying new gear.
Winter temps go pretty low up in the 'Dacks, below zero to be sure, so...
After I get my clothes more or less sorted out, I'm going to move on to a sleeping system and shelter. Ideally, I'd like a clothing/sleep system that affords me a great deal of flexibility (i.e. with components that I can use in all 4 seasons). To that end, I think that the DAS would allow me to stretch the temperature rating of my yet to be determined sleep system. So, Brett, I think I might like to pick your brain regarding those Montbell bags. I've noticed that they have bags rated at 0* that don't weight too much, but they're really pricey. Before buying one, I'd like to talk to someone who uses them. In general, I feel like I know the least about cold weather sleep systems. Clothes, shelter, and cooking systems all make intuitive sense, but the notion of carrying a small quilt into freezing temps really weirds me out!
>>Also, would a light and a mid weight jacket be warmer or colder than one heavy one? my thermawrap action + a possible flatiron would be 170g, but moving your arms would be creating a draft.
I'm with you here Jonathan. I'd love to know more about this.
By the way, if I remember right, on the Diamondback Tactical website, the DAS price was a lot higher for the Large size. The rest were cheap like you've mentioned, but I was pretty miffed about them jacking the price on my size!