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Old 04-02-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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anyone try this walmart down bag?

Saw this in the store the other day. It packs down to a respectable size, and has an attractive price. Anyone have experience with it?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trai.../22008955?_mm=
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:06 PM   #2
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No experience with that bag, but it can't
possibly be much at that price. "Down" is
tricky, as there's more than one type, and
both "fill power", loft and fill weight are critical.
High quality down with high fill power is expensive,
and low quality, low fill power down is no bargain....

Also, any "temp rating" is highly suspect, as there
is no standard; the mfg can claim any temp he chooses.

This might help: http://tinyurl.com/chrs8yq
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:04 PM   #3
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For $70 more, I bought a Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 800 fill bag that weighs 1.5lbs. from Campsaver.com. Just looked and I guess they sold out quick, but if you search, you can find some great bags for not much more $$


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Old 04-02-2013, 09:40 PM   #4
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It claims a 90% feather duck down 750 fill. Which, while not top of the line, is still not awful. I know it may npot compare to bags like the mountain hardware bag that you bought, rei lists that as a 400$ bag. Even at the sale price you found, its still double the cost.
Looking for a cheap bag that packs small is a challenge without tapping the power of visa. Really the same issue that keeps coming up on any post that asks about value priced gear. I'm just hoping to determine if it would be a workable upgrade for summer trips using a basic synthetic mummy that takes up a full pannier.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:33 PM   #5
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Get yourself an emergency blanket, folds to deck of cards size, to supplement that bag if you get cold. There are good servicable gear items (tents, sleeping bags, etc) at low prices. I don't buy the koolaid line that higher priced gear is any better for occasional use than budget priced items. But, it's like anything else, buy what you can afford for the intended use and frequency.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:34 AM   #6
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take a look at snugpack. they pack down very small and are a decent price for what you want. i have their summer bag and use it into the fall by adding a silk liner and or a cotton top sheet folded and sewn 1/2 way for easy in and out.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Snugpak-Slee...#ht_2728wt_826
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:38 AM   #7
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That bag is talked about a lot on the hammock forum which i frequently visit.. again with mixed reviews as heard here.

Some say spend another 100 bucks and get another bag, others say it's great at the price point you're looking, and certainly lighter and smaller packed then the 39 buck walmart bag sitting next to it. Most do say that its a decent bag for summer camping and you can add a cotton or silk liner for some extra comfort.

Its all about price vs value tradeoff, good luck.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:35 AM   #8
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Buy it, try it and if you don't like it,,,,,, give it back. It is Walmart after all.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:30 PM   #9
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$70 shipped to my house??? I am tempted to get one to try out...
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:57 PM   #10
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One of the reviewers states it is only rated at 32 degrees and both commented on how narrow it was. Not a cold weather bag for a fat guy.
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:00 PM   #11
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:12 PM   #12
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For $ 35 more, I picked up a Big Agnes bag @ Gander Mountain several months ago. No more down bags for me motorcycle camping. The compression kept poking small holes in the bag and I was always shaking feathers out of my tent.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:43 PM   #13
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Walmart also had a Coleman Max synthetic that was rated around 20 degrees and packed fairly small for a syn. bag. Yes, that 20 degree rating is prolly BS but still, 60$ for lets say, a 35 degree syn bag that stuffs to a decent size.

They also had a syn. bag {Traverse I think} rated to something like 10 degree. It's a whopper and you prolly won't be packin it on a bike and you sure won't be hiking it in but still, I think a good value for price for once in awhile camper.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:18 PM   #14
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I was looking for a mild-weather bag that packs small, and was considering the Mountain Hardwear Lamina 35 at REI.
http://www.rei.com/product/846675/mountain-hardwear-lamina-35-sleeping-bag

This bag has a stuff sack that is 6" X 12" - awesome for a synthetic bag.
But the price is $180-$200.


As I was checking my SPAM filter today, I saw a camping ad and checked it out. I found the same bag for $80 shipped free. It's been ordered.

http://www.backcountry.com/mountain-hardwear-lamina-35-sleeping-bag-35-degree-synthetic-mhw1499
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:36 PM   #15
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I'm thinking about this bag as well. Also been following it on Hammockforums as well. here's a link to the thread.
https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...ad.php?t=69242
Worth looking at if your interested. Some first hand reviews and pictures.
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