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ZPacks Sleeping Bag - a Side Sleeper's Dream Bag!
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Michael Cheifetz
(mike_hefetz) - MLife

Locale: Israel
7D on 09/10/2012 23:04:31 MDT Print View

@brian

i would ping Joe to ask if he can do it in 7D. i have a nunatak bag and a goosefeetgear parka done all up in 7D.
As its like 100F here now i havent field tested it....but have been playing with it a few times a week in the living room A/C (stuffing in various bags, wearing, getting in and out, in the bivi etc..) and no visible downleak so far.

its pricier but also lighter

Mike

Brian Lindahl
(lindahlb) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: 10D vs. Quantum on 09/11/2012 12:19:48 MDT Print View

I spoke with Joe, and he's using a different liner fabric compared to the one used in Dan's bag. The new liner fabric is downproof, and the wind and water resistance is also higher. He said it's nearly identical to the M50 fabric. Guess I'll be ordering one with a 10D outer shell!

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
New TenD on 09/11/2012 13:34:27 MDT Print View

Hmm....I wonder if i can send mine in for the upgrade :)

Jean-Francois Jobin
(jfjobin) - MLife
Water resistant down field test?? on 12/13/2012 20:21:37 MST Print View

Someone try the Zpacks WR down quilt/bag in damp condition?Compare with standard down in similar condition?Real improvement?
Thanks


Nobody?

Edited by jfjobin on 12/14/2012 16:08:07 MST.

Jean-Francois Jobin
(jfjobin) - MLife
hydrophobic down zpacks field test? on 12/14/2012 16:09:57 MST Print View

Nobody?

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
re on 12/14/2012 16:55:27 MST Print View

If I had to choose i'd get the 900 fill. It's not even close, not to mention the water resitant down adds weight.

Patrick O'Neil
(human) - F
Re: re on 01/19/2013 19:54:39 MST Print View

Not sure if the op or anyone else will peak back into here, but I'm trying to confirm what modifications are needed if any for a strict side sleeper. I'm 6'1.5" with shouders 24"; wide. Would a simple draft tube do it, or would the cinch cord have to be moved as well? It seems side sleepers are just sleeping with the zipper in front of them or their non sleeping side am I correct? This seems pretty logical to me but then again I'm a noob, not sure why the zipper side gets referred to as "the bottom" so often. . ?

I suppose a long is required for me but will the regular width of 56" be big enough to also fit layers like a down jacket if needed? I'm thinking to get a 20 degree bag but want to make sure it won't be too constricting and drafty. Any input appreciated.

Edited by human on 01/19/2013 21:07:26 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: re on 01/19/2013 20:23:18 MST Print View

Be careful on the length.

Every sleeping bag that I have ever purchased in my life has been a regular length, so last year I ordered a Zpacks bag in regular length. The trick was that this is not a mummy bag, so Zpacks intended that your entire head and neck is sticking out of the top. That was not my intention, so I pointed out the confusion on the Zpacks web site a year ago, which resulted in a change. I ended up with a long length.

--B.G.--

Patrick O'Neil
(human) - F
Re: Re: re on 01/19/2013 20:29:30 MST Print View

Thanks Bob! If the long version is listed at 6'2" does that mean it would go to my neck (since l'm 6'2")? I am planning on buying the down hood as well, so that would work for me.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: re on 01/19/2013 20:38:19 MST Print View

Read the fine print.

A bag listed with "Fits up to XXX" for length does not mean that the bag is XXX long.

Zpacks intends that your head and neck is sticking out of the top of the bag.

I know, I know, you aren't getting a straight answer. I didn't either when I was buying from Zpacks. I got a regular length and then discovered that it was seveal inches shorter than what I had in mind. That one went back and I got a long length instead.

Ask a direct question about length to Zpacks.

--B.G.--

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Re: re on 01/19/2013 21:04:10 MST Print View

Patrick,

The zip is referred to "the bottom" because that is how the bag was designed to be used: The zipper under the sleeper. You can still sleep on your side w/ the zip under you...but the bag is snug enough that it turned with me! More below.

Re size: I'm 6' so figured I'd have room to spare in the 6' 2" version. By the time I got the bag snugged up around my neck, my feet (9.5-10) were tucked more snugly into the foot area than I preferred. If I were to do it again, I'd personally go for the 6' 6" model.

Re the 56" circumference: I'm only 150 lbs and felt the bag was plenty snug for my liking. I fit in there with my WM Flash down jkt but......

Bag fit is kinda like shoes: Everyone has their own preferences. Make no mistake about it though. These bags are not big! For those who aren't overly claustrophobic, they should be very efficient (warm) though.

Patrick O'Neil
(human) - F
Re: Re: Re: re on 01/19/2013 21:17:49 MST Print View

Wow 150lbs at 6 feet and you found it a little short and snug? I'm 170 at the best of times, usually 180. I'm starting to see why these are so light. I may go wide and xtra long. Any one else have any advice?

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Re: Re: Re: re on 01/19/2013 22:02:40 MST Print View

The circumference I was fine with...even though the bags I was used to were 60". The length was ok but for my personal preference, I would have liked longer. I think the length would have been fine too if it would have had a footbox. Yes, they are light due largely to the smaller cuts.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Over stuff available? on 01/20/2013 08:49:10 MST Print View

Can you get an extra oz. of down added?
I was a little put off last night after reading about the short length, but figure I sleep mostly on my sides curled up a little, so the length should be fine with the slightly over 6' version. I really like the light weight. I've been looking at JRB, Nunatak, Katabatic, EE. Yearly bonus has not come in yet, so no rush, but would like to maybe pull the trigger to get something before summer bp season starts.
Duane

PS My WM Caribou weights 24oz. so this is more reasonable to get as it may save me half a pound versus other quilts only saving me 3-4 oz.

Edited by hikerduane on 01/20/2013 08:52:34 MST.

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Over stuff available? on 01/20/2013 09:21:32 MST Print View

Duane,

Hope I didn't put you off. As I mentioned previously, a lot of this fit stuff is personal preference. What doesn't feel good to one might feel great to another. While I don't like advocating the return of products, keep in mind that the option is there for you if you order and it doesn't work.

Re the extra oz of down, I don't know....you'd have to email Zpacks. Joe states somewhere that they're not doing in between temps anymore. Maybe an oz doesn't fall into that category? I'm also not sure of the benefit in this case as the bag seems more "stuffed" than any bag I have experienced. You may not get any returns...but I don't know for sure. Maybe a down fill expert who's familiar with these particular bags can chime in.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Over stuff available? on 01/20/2013 10:28:25 MST Print View

Rusty,
Thank you for the feedback. I don't know about you, but there are times where you do some research and finally settle on something and one little thing throws it all to the wind. After thinking about the situation last night, figured no big deal on length, but with me getting older, I may need a little more warmth, but hate to pay the penalty for the next temp rating. May have to bite the bullet and go with a warmer temp rating, but leave somethng at home like my liner and just wash the bag/quilt more ofter than every couple years or longer.:) That would offset any weight gain for a warmer bag/quilt. The liner is nice on trips where the temps are too warm to fully crawl in my bag, but the liner keeps me warm for an hour until I crawl in my bag and am ready to try to go to sleep. Here I go thinking too much, I need a shot of fumes from one of my old stoves now to settle me down.
Duane

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Over stuff available? on 01/20/2013 11:23:19 MST Print View

"I don't know about you, but there are times where you do some research and finally settle on something and one little thing throws it all to the wind."

Haha...yes, I know about this all too well:-).

Re the warmth, being that these bags are cut slimmer than most, they are likely going to be more efficient than an otherwise equivalent bag of more generous proportions. May be something to consider.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Over stuff available? on 01/20/2013 18:19:25 MST Print View

Can't say there is a lack of very pertinent info on these two threads.
(As I'm seen screaming, running out into the snow and cold, shouting "too much information, cannot decide"), while pulling my hair and beard out.:)
Duane

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
"ZPacks Sleeping Bag - a Side Sleeper's Dream Bag! on 01/21/2013 00:01:24 MST Print View

I have only used my 30 degree ZPacks quilt for 3 mild nights so far. However, I have been using quilts for many years now. I am 6 foot tall, 154lbs, (side and stomach sleeper)and went for the extra long and find it just right, so I definitely agree with sizing up length wise. Unless you are happy to have it come up to your neck only and then only if you sleep in straight log like position.

The cut of my quilt is really excellent. Wide enough to keep out draughts, but not so roomy that you loose thermal efficiency. If I was going for a zippered sleeping bag version then I would have gone for the wide.

Good review here http://tramplite.com/2012/11/z-packs-20-deg-down-sleeping-bagquilt.html. Including a comment from Joe at Zpacks.

Sara Crockrell
(Jon) - MLife

Locale: SE Missouri and NW Arkansas
Re: "ZPacks Sleeping Bag - a Side Sleeper's Dream Bag! on 01/21/2013 09:34:57 MST Print View

I'm 5'2" and ordered the short bag, but my feet were jammed into the end when I cinched the bag around my neck. I don't plan to use it over my head at all, but I had to get the regular length. Maybe it's just me and my sleeping position, but the length seemed way off even when used as intended.