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Sven Klingemann
(sklingem) - F
Winter sleeping bag - Help needed on 11/27/2005 07:19:24 MST Print View

Hey,
I am looking for a sleeping bag for temperatures down to about 0F. Any advice on whether I should go for a slightly lighter bag and increase layering or go for a "true" winter bag rated to 0? I currently own a Mountainsmith Wisp, which probably would not work even with considerable layering.
F.e, should I go for a true winter bag such as the Western Mountaineering Antelope super, Montbell down hugger #0 or Mountainsmith Cypher, or choose bags rated 10-15, such as the Western Mountaineering Versalite Super?
Thanks for your advice!

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Winter bag on 11/27/2005 08:19:27 MST Print View

I have a Western Mountaineering Antelope and absolutely love it. That bag is my go to from Nov.-early March. Mine weighs in at 2lbs 13oz. I have never been cold once in it. Keep in mind that ratings and peoples tolerance to cold is subjective.

Sven Klingemann
(sklingem) - F
Re - Ken on 11/27/2005 09:11:49 MST Print View

Thanks,
since you own an Antelope, how fitting is the bag length-wise? I am 5'7 and I am wondering whether I could theoretically go for the short version (5'6) (?)

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
WM Antelope on 11/27/2005 10:38:10 MST Print View

If you're are 5'7 then a 5'6 will not fit. On WM's site they have a 6'0 bag listed. The 5 inches that are spared can be used for placing a few objects to keep warm? Just a suggestion. I am 6'1 and use bags that are 6'6 and the difference is not noticeable. WM are high quality down bags. Probably the only other company that makes bags as good as WM would be Feathered Friends. You just can't beat 900 fill goose down. Great craftmanship and the best part, they are located in my hometown of San Jose. I also own a Ultralight and have owned The Highlite but sold it due to the cut being too narrow for my shoulders. Hope this helps.