I’m down with down. Except, I don’t buy products made from animals if I can at all help it. I’m well aware that a great 850+ Fill down sleeping bag will keep me nice and cozy at 0 degrees, and compress like a charm — not to mention the weight benefits.
However, I am committed to the above mentioned principle, and it’s kicking my ass. This last weekend, I was out hiking and despite all the voodoo, layers, and prep, I was still freezing my butt off in my “0 degree” Mountain Hardware Lamina, that has primaloft fill. The outside-the-tent temperature was hovering around 5˚. Not only that, this bag has a tendency to become sopping wet with moisture on the top surface in sub freezing temperatures, which is probably a contributing factor to its suckiness. I chose this bag because it got positive reviews, its vegan, it compresses brilliantly, and is under 3lbs.
I know that adding some kind of vapor barrier liner might help with the moisture issue, but I’m confused as to what to do — getting next to skin stuff feels redundant if I’m only using it for sleeping, and I really don’t want that extra weight. Adding a VBL sleeping bag liner seems to negate the whole concept; aren’t you supposed to have a next to skin barrier, so that your body moisture doesn’t enter your clothing?
I think the solution to my winter hiking woes is quite simply a NEW BAG. Can any of you suggest a bag that’s…
b) Light Weight?
c) Compresses well (not into a football stuff sack, but as a good frameless pack filler)?
d) Can keep you warm down to 0˚ (negating the need to do crunches every 15 minutes en lieu of sleeping)?
Thanks so much, you awesome people, you!