Well, I'm ready to spring for my first really nice down bag in 30 years. I hang mostly in the Pacific NW, usually in the Cascades at or above timberline. I tend to be a summer fair weather hiker, but I want to extend into spring and fall. Not looking for a bag that will keep me warm in winter by itself. In the future, I'm thinking of a longish Sierra ramble and would like a bag that will be my main sleeping gear for my 2010 PCT thru-hike, should the stars align just right to allow it to happen.
I am 5'8" tall, average to heavy build and a side sleeper. I tend to turn over, but I don't flail. I use a tarp or Hennesy Hammock for shelter.
I am leaning toward the Arc Alpinist, but will listen to reason. I am considering the Epic fabric option. Though slightly heavier, I think it makes sense for Pacific NW weather. Should I be looking at some overfill? If so, how much? Any other modifications I should request?
Thanks for any an all comments and suggestions.