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Jim Rivers

Locale: Smoky Mountains
Lighweight summer bag/quilt on 06/30/2014 09:59:13 MDT Print View

Trying to put together a lightweight and packable sleep system.

Main use will be bikepacking/racing in and around the South during late spring,summer and fall.
I have a Hexamid Solo which I like.I tried a Marmot 40 degree down bag recently and it was still a a little warm for me.

Packability and volume is a huge issue for Bikepacking.Bag space is at a premium.

I guess I'm looking at a 50 degree down quilt/bag but wondering if there is anything else out there cheaper?

Aaron Sorensen
(awsorensen) - MLife

Locale: South of Forester Pass
Re: Lighweight summer bag/quilt on 06/30/2014 10:58:14 MDT Print View

$175 for an EE Rev 50* bag is pretty darn good for what you get.
You get high quality fabric and the ability to fully unzip and just lay it over you.

You may be able to find a used one here?

Aaron Sorensen
(awsorensen) - MLife

Locale: South of Forester Pass
Re: Re: Lighweight summer bag/quilt on 06/30/2014 11:03:10 MDT Print View

Hey Jim,

I also sent you a PM for another option.

Dave Heiss

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Looking for the same thing on 06/30/2014 11:47:44 MDT Print View

My wife will be walking the Camino de Santiago route across Spain this summer, and I'm looking for a summer sleeping bag for her. So far the Sea to Summit Traveller TRL bag(50F/10C) looks promising, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet and if there are other, better ideas out there I'm interested in hearing about them.

Peter Boysen
(peterboysen) - MLife
EE quilt on 06/30/2014 15:03:41 MDT Print View

I work for Enlightened Equipment, so there's that disclaimer, but I will just mention that we've had a lot of bikepackers picking up our quilts this year (which is kind of fun, since I hadn't even heard the term "bikepacking" until this year). A 50° quilt from almost anybody will pack super small though.

John Reichle
(mammoman) - M

Locale: NE AL
Summer Quilt on 06/30/2014 19:20:56 MDT Print View

It's tough to beat a tiny 50 degree quilt for your purposes. EE and HammockGear are two folks that do a fine job of these. I have a 50 degree summer quilt from one of these companies, and a 40 degree shoulder season (southeast) quilt from the other and love 'em both.

John G
(JohnG10) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic via Upstate NY
Travel quilt on 07/01/2014 11:11:05 MDT Print View

Rei carries 55 degree travel/hostel bags. The synthetic one is very inexpensive. The down one much nicer,and still priced very reasonable ($50-65 if I recall correctly).
Both have a big following as summer bags with the backpacking and river guides operating in the northern virginia area. Both can be zipped open to use as a quilt when it's hot, or used as a bag when it's chillier.

Ps: I'm sure the backpacking quilts are much nicer and pack smaller - but you asked about less expensive options. And packed size probably isn't a big deal. The down one is about the size of a nalgene even though it's a full bag.

Jim Rivers

Locale: Smoky Mountains
Liner bag? on 07/01/2014 12:02:35 MDT Print View

Anyone used the silk or coolmax liner bags as standlone summer solution?
Worried it might not be enough to do much

Ito Jakuchu
(jakuchu) - MLife

Locale: Japan
Re: Lighweight summer bag/quilt on 07/01/2014 17:59:58 MDT Print View

Sounds like a 50 quilt will be perfect for you. At those temp ratings the difference between down and synthetic is not that great so you might also consider an apex filled one from EE for example. Although, if you are really strapped for space while on your bike I guess the down is still that last bit smaller and lighter.

I don't think a liner will add that much warmth, but it might make sleep better, (I know I like sheets even if it is blazing hot in the night). I'm now considering just a bug bivy or bug inner, with my clothes - perhaps bring a puffy jacket for when it does cool down. But I'm talking about 15~20˚C (60~70F).