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Old 11-05-2013, 12:04 PM   #1
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Recommendation on a 20 degree sleeping bag

Need recommendation on a decent 20 degree sleeping bag. I plan to camp where the coldest is around 40 degrees, but I know one should always plan for a little cooler when getting a bag. Would like something that actually compacts down pretty small.

Suggestions?

ETA: I prefer a rectangular bag over the mummy. I like my feet to move around a little.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:14 PM   #2
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I personally like the big agnes summit park, it's a 15 degree down bag. It requires a 25" wide pad, I use a 26" wide exped. Fits fine.

If you do not need\want the extra width you can go for a standard width that uses a 20" pad

Another small packing size bag is the Mountain Hardwear [Ultra]Lamina. My 15 degree microtherm synthetic packs to a little larger than an oversized coffee mug.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:21 PM   #3
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Western Mountaineering Ultralight - if you don't mind spending the coin for a top-of-the-line down bag

http://www.westernmountaineering.com...s&ContentId=17

Seriously warm and light. This is my 3-season bag, works down to 20 (according to their site). I've had it at 20 and had to open the zipper to keep from getting to hot. Long separating zipper so in the warm you can just use it as a blanket. it's the smallest packed warm bag I know of. I've had mine for over 20 years, never a problem, still full of high-loft down.

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Old 11-05-2013, 12:33 PM   #4
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Big Agnes Mystic SL. Coupled with an Insulated Q-Core pad (and if it is really chilly, a 15 degree liner). Was 19 degrees when I crawled out of the tent last Friday morning. Slept snug as a bug with that setup and I expect it would have handled another 10-15 degrees.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:34 PM   #5
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watch steepandcheap.com

I waited and got an amazing deal on a down 0deg Marmot bag and couldn't be happier. In -9deg I was fine wearing only boxers.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:35 PM   #6
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Another vote for Western Mountaineering Ultralight , great bag .
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:46 PM   #7
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Goose Down... packs small and insulates well. get a ZERO bag and you will never need anything else. better to have to much than not enough. My .02
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:57 PM   #8
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Unless you know about Down and are willing to accept it's few short comings then IMO
you don't want it for M/C travel.If you will be using it in a tent you don't really need a hooded model either, a tapered bag will work just fine. Remember you are on a M/C not
backpacking so having an extra pound in your sleeping is no big deal as long as you don't carry to many extra.
Pads are a totally different subject so lets just say now that you must have one.
I see you like the rectangular type for the same reasons I do, tapered are a decent in-between style.
Here is a good place to watch: Steep and Cheap: Vasque Mindbender Trail Run Shoe - Men's - $41.99 - 56% off dont worry that is just the link from my first check of the site.
Each deal is one item and lasts for about 20min. I bought two great Mountain Hardware
bags from the a couple years ago for way cheap as Christmas gifts.
Check out REI , Campmor, and Sierra Trading post dot com for deals on last years bags,
remember REI has their own outlet site as well.
http://www.rei.com/product/867196/eu...-2013-closeout
I would look at that one. Dont know if I would buy it but it would make my first list.
I would also look at the Wiggy's bags, I have a ultalite and really like it, they make bags in several sizes/width's.
http://wiggys.com/category.cfm?Categ...TOKEN=19659586

If you have a backpack shop nearby that should really be your first stop just to get an idea what is available and see the different styles.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:39 PM   #9
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I've got the new model BigAgnes Lost Ranger with the DownTek waterproof down. Look up the utube vid on DownTek, pretty cool stuff. Exped Downmat 9 as a pad.

I'm expecting to see the DownTek come to the Park series bags.



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Old 11-05-2013, 02:46 PM   #10
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What do you guys think of quilts vs sleeping bags? Im thinking of switching.
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:02 PM   #11
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Unless you know about Down and are willing to accept it's few short comings then IMO
you don't want it for M/C travel.If you will be using it in a tent you don't really need a hooded model either, a tapered bag will work just fine. Remember you are on a M/C not
backpacking so having an extra pound in your sleeping is no big deal as long as you don't carry to many extra.
for me it's not so much the weight but the pack size. Down packs smaller than synthetics and on a motorcycle pack size matters.
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:32 PM   #12
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True but depending on the bag and the type in synthetic insulation used the differences can be can be smaller than you might expect.
Size/weight/insulation are all balanced against cost.
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:34 PM   #13
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I suggest anything except down! But Marmot's bags are my favorite
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:04 PM   #14
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What do you guys think of quilts vs sleeping bags? Im thinking of switching.
I used a quilt that snapped to a sheet that you slid your sleeping pad into. I liked it mostly. Weight and pack size were a fraction of what a sleeping bag would have been, even a big agnes which doesn't have any insulation on the bottom.
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:50 PM   #15
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I've got the new model BigAgnes Lost Ranger with the DownTek waterproof down. Look up the utube vid on DownTek, pretty cool stuff. Exped Downmat 9 as a pad.

I'm expecting to see the DownTek come to the Park series bags..
Last gen lost ranger for me, with a thermarest prolite pad slid in the bag pocket. Works great, packs small, comfy and I use it in my hammock.
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