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Sasha Rice
(Rice) - F
Sleeping Bag Challenge on 11/20/2005 21:57:14 MST Print View

Really looking for a sleeping bag that is is warmer than my 50 oz one I currently have but packs down smaller and is of course lighter.
Can anyone give me suggestions for a sleeping (or quilt rated to around 25-35F) that is close to 16oz, packs down to practically nothing, and is really cheap (as close to $100 as possible)? Thanks

Edited by Rice on 11/21/2005 05:37:25 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Sleeping Bag Challenge on 11/20/2005 23:22:06 MST Print View

What temp. range are you looking for (i.e. how warm is warm)?

Sasha Rice
(Rice) - F
More information on 11/21/2005 05:58:37 MST Print View

Oops forgot to put that in, looking for 25-35F, used inside a bivy, on the appalachian trails for spring and fall time use.

R K
(oiboyroi)

Locale: South West US
Re: More information on 11/21/2005 06:35:15 MST Print View

The Kelty Lightyear 25 is ~$130

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Sleeping Bag Challenge on 11/21/2005 07:17:47 MST Print View

I see that REI sells the Kelty Light Year 3D +25 at $100 right now but at 38oz it's nowhere near your target weight.

You MIGHT be able to do better than that ($$ vs wt) if you shop reqularly at a lot of online stores over a period of months but 16 oz at 30F is usually in the high end of cost.

If you are willing to go the MYOG route, thru-hiker has a down quilt kit a little above your price point and ray-way has a synthetic quilt kit. Ray's prices vary with options but are all well under $100

Edited by jcolten on 11/21/2005 07:20:29 MST.

Scott Peterson
(scottalanp) - F

Locale: Northern California
You need down... on 11/21/2005 08:57:46 MST Print View

Last spring I too was looking for something lighter than my sythetic bag (15 degree and close to 50 ounces). I considered making my own quilt but decided against it not trusting my abilities to sew nor having a bunch of time to devote to such a project.

It became clear if I wanted something that was closer to 20 ounces and packed smaller I needed to opt for down. The only other issue was keeping the budget in mind. I finally selected the Mont-Bell Super Stretch Hugger #5. For $150, it weighs in at 26 ounces and has a minimum temp. of 28 degrees...which might be a stretch in spring temps. on the Appal. For $235 you can jump up to the Alpine Down Hugger, drop 5 more ounces and get a rating down to 14 degrees. Bottom line, it seems that unless you make something...and I still am not entirely confident in the "quilt" concept...you are hard pressed to get a quality light-weight sleep option on the cheap.

Sasha Rice
(Rice) - F
Thanks everyone on 11/21/2005 15:16:03 MST Print View

Thanks for the posts everyone, ill just stick with my 50 oz sleeping bag since ultralight means paying much more.

Ryan Faulkner
(ryanf) - F

Locale: Mid atlantic, No. Cal
Re: Thanks everyone on 11/21/2005 15:50:26 MST Print View

NOOOOOO!!!!!!!

I have a 30 degree $25 sleeping bag that weighs just over 2 pounds. it is my heaviest bag but thats because it is synthetic.
it dosent meet all your expectations, but is light and CHEAP!!!
not the lightest, but ,lighter than 50oz.
some pics of the $25 bag

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not quite as beautiful as a mont bell bag, oh well.

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doule sided zipper for foot box ventilation

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you cant really see the draft coller and draft tube, but its there

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the best way I could think of to show the width of the bag


this bag works great for my dad and my sister. so try it out, if you dont like it, its only $25 and you could cut it up and make a jacket or something.

Edited by ryanf on 11/21/2005 15:58:50 MST.

Ryan Faulkner
(ryanf) - F

Locale: Mid atlantic, No. Cal
Re: Thanks everyone on 11/21/2005 15:51:15 MST Print View

you can get this Here

pay no attention to the temp. rating, it is inaccurate. I rate it as a 30 degree bag.

Edited by ryanf on 11/21/2005 15:55:01 MST.

Sasha Rice
(Rice) - F
Thanks everyone on 11/21/2005 18:00:55 MST Print View

Thanks for the posts everyone, ill just stick with my 50 oz sleeping bag since ultralight means paying much more.

Ryan Faulkner
(ryanf) - F

Locale: Mid atlantic, No. Cal
Re: Thanks everyone on 11/21/2005 18:41:52 MST Print View

$25?

thats not alot.
or is it?