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John H
(pastyj) - F

Locale: SE US
How many sleeping bags do you own? on 07/09/2014 06:11:44 MDT Print View

Living the SE US, it just too darn hot (for me) to backpack in the summer. My prime time is Oct - April, but even in Jan-Feb we can have lows anywhere from the 50s to the teens.

I have been using a WM Megalight for the past 9 years and love it, but recently got tired of the fact that it is sometimes just too much bag and ordered an EE Revelation 30 deg 750 FP (really excited about it's arrival) for the warmer trips.

This got me wondering about the sleep system quivers of those who face very different climates, and climate extremes. We often discuss individual pieces of gear, but I'm interested in your "collection" and your decisions/experiences that led to it's creation.

Hooded or quilt?
Temp ratings?
Down or Synthetic?

Edited by pastyj on 07/09/2014 06:13:15 MDT.

Charles Grier
(Rincon) - M

Locale: Desert Southwest
How many sleeping bags do you own? on 07/09/2014 06:26:46 MDT Print View

Two. One is a 28 oz Marmot Helium I use in colder weather, the other is a 19 oz Western Mountaineering Summerlite I use in warmer conditions. I am a three season backpacker. I spend most of my outdoor time in the western mountains and the southwestern canyon country.

Edited by Rincon on 07/09/2014 06:27:23 MDT.

Doug Green

Locale: North Carolina Piedmont
too many on 07/09/2014 06:56:12 MDT Print View

Lots of cheap synthetics for loaners or car camping, emergency use kept int cars/trucks, etc., but I only use 3 for hiking. I don't generally camp with the weather too much below freezing. I have a 15 degree down for cold weather (with a liner I can get down to 15 easily), a 32 degree down for summer / temps to 40, and a 55 degree synthetic bag for hot rainy July/August camping in NC when I know I will be a sweaty mess.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: too many on 07/09/2014 07:02:20 MDT Print View

I'm narrowing mine down....

I live in Austin now, where it is also TOO D@MNED HOT to do much of anything in the summer...but I travel a lot for trips - everywhere. Alaska, Patagonia, Nepal, Sierra, White Mountains, Green Mountains, Great Lakes, etc. I'll also comfortably camp into the teens before I start thinking it wasn't a good idea. I want to get into winter camping tho!


I currently have a 15-ish degree EE Enigma quilt I had Tim tweak for me - 20 wasn't warm enough I guess. This, combined with an Exped Downmat UL7 help me be comfy into the upper teens/lower 20s (supplemented with clothes, of course).

I am working on my own synthetic summer blanket for much warmer temps - say 60s and up. For me, having these two options pretty much covers my needs. The warm quilt is still only about 20 oz, and the finished version of my synthetic should be about 10-11 oz. So needing to carry the warmer quilt in those mid-ranges is perfectly acceptable for me.

I have yet to feel the need for something in the middle for my 40-50-ish nights - the enigma seems to work nicely for that as well.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: How many sleeping bags do you own? on 07/09/2014 07:02:31 MDT Print View

A hooded 25 degree bag

A non hooded 35 degree bag

Will use the unhooded one on top of the other if the rare snow camping/ real cold trip pops up

Both down, both semi-rectangular in cut

Hiking here can be freezing to a hundred. Possible in the same trip.

Valerie E
(Wildtowner) - M

Locale: Grand Canyon State
Re: How many sleeping bags do you own? on 07/09/2014 08:36:01 MDT Print View

This subject is really all about where you live/travel/hike...

I still have my -30 bag left over from when I used to winter camp in NH. I don't use it much these days, but I'm sentimental about it.

Now I'm in Arizona, where the weather can be schizophrenic (100F during the day; down to 36F at night), so I have 2 bags:

WM Kodiak (0F) for mountain adventures spring/fall; and
WM Megalite w/2oz extra down (25F?) for summer mountain adventures.

I don't really backpack in the summer, but if I did, I'd probably just take the Megalite in case it got cold at night. If I were in Florida, where the nighttime temperatures didn't dip much, I'd probably get an extremely light bag/quilt (40F-50F range).

John Vance
(Servingko) - F

Locale: Intermountain West
Bag/Quilt Collection on 07/09/2014 09:37:16 MDT Print View

I have two primary quilts - Katabatic Chiso for 90% of the time and a Katabatic Alsek that I have yet to use. Both are wide regulars.

I also have the following, some of which haven't been used in decades:
Sierra Designs Wick Fast Bag
FF Perigrine
Snowlion Toursack...Mid 70's and well loved
Gerry Mummy...don't remember the model
REI Downside up...Down on top and synthetic on bottom circa 1970ish and my first REI purchase.
REI Bivy Sack...It's a bag with zips for the arms, polarguard and crazy colors.

Over the years I have purchased and used another 25 to 30 bags not included in the above list. With the exception of the Perigrine these bags are loaners and car/backyard camping bags all serviceable and in good shape. The Snowlion Bag has some 500-600 nights on it and although the shell while clean, it looks a bit "gamey" but the down still lofts nicely.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: Bag/Quilt Collection on 07/09/2014 09:42:44 MDT Print View


A Feathered Friends Swift with overfill for temps below -10C and a Golite Quilt for temps above that.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: How many sleeping bags do you own? on 07/09/2014 09:48:45 MDT Print View

Probably too many:

Mountain Hardwear Phantom 0: use below 15*f

Javan Dempsey custom quilt (3" loft 20.25oz): use between 15*f and 30*f

Golite Ultra 20 quilt: use between 30*f and 50*f

BPL Pro 90 quilt for use above 50*f

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
How many sleeping bags do you own? on 07/09/2014 09:55:14 MDT Print View

I own three quilts:

15*F down quilt
30*F down quilt
50*F synthetic quilt

The 30*F quilt is my workhorse and gets used for most of my spring trips in my local mountains and summer trips in the Sierra. During shoulder season trips to the Sierra and winter trips to my local mountains, I switch to the 15*F quilt. For proper snow camping trips during winter I layer the 50*F quilt over the 15*F quilt. For the random late spring or summer trip to warmer climes, I use the 50*F quilt by itself.

This quiver works great for me and covers all of my bases. I wouldn't switch a thing.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: How many sleeping bags do you own? on 07/09/2014 10:32:00 MDT Print View

Montbell ULSS#3 covers me from spring until fall.

I’m currently in the market for a winter bag and leaning towards Feather Friends to support a Seattle Based business.

Eric Osburn
(osb40000) - MLife
Too many on 07/09/2014 11:13:06 MDT Print View

Zpacks 20F
Marmot Helium woman's 15F
Kelty Cosmic Down 20
Mountain Hardwear Ultralamina 15
ECWS - Sleeping bag
Slumberjack cheapies for kids and family X4
Kelty Twin 32F

Edited by osb40000 on 07/09/2014 11:13:37 MDT.

John Klinepeter
(johnzotk) - MLife

Locale: Northern Rockies, USA
Too many, here, too on 07/09/2014 12:24:14 MDT Print View

I also have too many. With the exception of the first bag on the list, my expectations were to encounter low temps of about 25 to 45 degrees F. In roughly chronological order of accumulation:

Frostline 0 degree, acquired/sewn ~1974. Worked well for conditions expected and encountered in the Sierra in April. Hasn't been used in decades.

No name duck down bag/quilt, mid 1970's, probably about 10 degree, no hood, completely unzips into a rectangle. Still finds regular use for car camping. Acquired to save a little weight and volume vs. the Frostline but probably still too much for the conditions I encountered in the mid 70's till the mid 80's. Guess I was scared of being cold. **

TNF Beeline, about 32 degrees, early 2000's, no zipper (just a coccon). Lost or stolen and I miss it! Probably a little on the cool end of the spectrum for my usage, though. So, what did I do? Purchased another inadequate bag, below.

Kelty Light Year 25, mid 2000's, about 35 degrees (my rating). Not a good choice, still not enough insulation.

WM Ultralite, ~2007, 20 degrees. Warmth problem solved! Reasonably light.

WM Highlite, ~2008, 35 degrees (more like 40 degrees for me). Used in "warmer" conditions.

Katabatic Sawatch, ~2010?, 15 degree quilt. Very nice! At least as warm as the Ultralite with less weight and bulk. The Alsek, not available at that time, would now be a better choice. Or perhaps the Palisade. **

Vaude Featherlight 200, ~2012, 45 degree. Bought on a whim, haven't used it yet.

EE Revelation 30 quilt with one extra ounce of down, 2013. Hasn't seen much use yet. Should be sufficient (with additional clothing) for most of my needs. **

All are down. I haven't owned a synthetic for ages. All have hoods unless marked by **. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to see the end point ahead of time in place of making the incremental steps?

Likes Hikes
(BasqueJ88) - F
quilts on 07/09/2014 12:39:40 MDT Print View

40* enigma long/wide for light summer trips

20* EE Rev Pro 20* long/x-wide 850DT for the majority of 3 season use

0* EE Rev long/x-wide for winter, although I am looking at getting a WM Kodiak or Sequoia for full on winter camping.

Also a 30* EE Rev short for my gf.

John H
(pastyj) - F

Locale: SE US
Re: Too many, here, too on 07/09/2014 12:53:13 MDT Print View

>>Wouldn't it be nice to be able to see the end point ahead of time in place of making the incremental steps?

Boy Howdy! I've purchased almost every piece of gear at least 4 times as I have gained experience and embraced UL. Sure do wish I had that money back.

Really didn't expect this many people reporting EE quilts. Says a lot about the product and company...can't wait for my Revelation to arrive and to join the ranks of EE satisfied customers.

jimmy b
(jimmyb) - F
bags on 07/09/2014 12:57:32 MDT Print View

We mostly have BPed in the shoulder months of early spring and fall, up to the heavier snow falls so our WM versalites have worked great.(cold sleepers)

Now looking to do some BPing in the summer months again so looking for a couple bags to take when the temps are warmer but could still surprise us.

If I still need something less warm Im gonna MYO summer quilt.


Edited by jimmyb on 07/09/2014 13:36:19 MDT.

Aaron Sorensen
(awsorensen) - MLife

Locale: South of Forester Pass
Re: bags/ quilts on 07/09/2014 13:30:17 MDT Print View

Way too many.
That and flashlights/ headlamps.


1. Marmot Col EQ -40
2. Go Lite 0* down bag
3. TNF Hightail 15* bag
4. Homemade 30* bag
5. Marmot Pounder


10* quilt - homemade
20* EE 1-off down quilt
25* quilt - homemade
30* quilt - homemade
40* quilt - homemade
50* quilt - homemade

The 40* is mainly used for the dogs.
I've made 7 quilts for other people.

jimmy b
(jimmyb) - F
Aaron on 07/09/2014 13:43:50 MDT Print View


HOLY Cow, I think we have a winner.


Edited by jimmyb on 07/09/2014 13:45:48 MDT.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Mind your own business
Re: bags on 07/09/2014 13:50:12 MDT Print View

3 sleeping bags and 1 quilt for me.
I am often out in well below 0 in Michigan so have a fairly diverse range.

30 EE Revelation.
20 WM Alpine lite.
0 WM Kodiak.
-25 WM Puma.

Christopher Yi
(TRAUMAhead) - F

Locale: Cen Cal
Re: How many sleeping bags do you own? on 07/09/2014 14:46:04 MDT Print View

Just one, Western Mountaineering Versalite, hooded sleeping bag, down, 10*F, 2 lbs. I like to sleep in just boxers and a tee and I'm a cold sleeper so it works well. Full zip so I can use it as a quilt in warmer weather. Spring through Fall I'm in the High Sierras, Winter I'm in Death Valley.

Only con to me is how much space it takes up in the pack.

Edited by TRAUMAhead on 07/09/2014 14:47:06 MDT.