We are in the market for new sleeping bags.
Our existing ones are good for 20 below, and they are much too big and bulky for getting into a kayak compartment with all our other gear on multiday trips.
The old ones were great for up north, and Alaska, but we don't need anything near a 20 below rating any more, since all our paddling is in the south
Looking for recommenditions on what brands to get and what to keep away from.
1 Synthetic, (not down)
2 good for 20 above zero, (which means they will be smaller)
3 Want straight ones that can zip together, (not mummy type)
4 Would like waterproof if such a thing exists
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Posted by: bowrudder on Mar-12-13 9:58 AM (EST)
has a lot of synthetic square foot-box sleeping bags that zip together. I don't have a particular bag in mind, but if you carry an air mattress, they mate with that to make the whole thing lighter and pack down smaller than a full bag. I like the design. Here's one.
Sure looks like a "mummy bag"|
Posted by: Jackl on Mar-12-13 12:43 PM (EST)
to me !
Nope, that's not a mummy|
Posted by: Waterbird on Mar-12-13 11:40 PM (EST)
The fact that a sleeping bag has a hood doesn't make it a mummy. "Mummy" refers to the tapered foot and being form-fitting throughout. Quite a few rectangular bags have a hood.
Posted by: Jackl on Mar-13-13 6:29 AM (EST)
It sure looks like a "mummy"
There's something wrong with your eyes|
Posted by: Waterbird on Mar-15-13 5:31 PM (EST)
Big Agnes is famous for making just about the largest lightweight rectangular sleeping bags on the market.
Posted by: Waterbird on Mar-15-13 5:34 PM (EST)
The foot of a Big Agnes bag is so big that at 20 degrees in order to keep warm you're forced to wrap the bottom of the bag around your feet as tightly as you can.
Why do you always like to stir crap|
Posted by: RoanGuy on Mar-15-13 6:09 PM (EST)
this is what a mummy bag looks like:|
Posted by: jesse59 on Mar-16-13 12:17 PM (EST)
"Looks like" but isn't|
Posted by: Waterbird on Mar-16-13 3:24 PM (EST)
Sorry, but that Big Agnes bag is not a mummy, period. You think stating facts is "stirring up crap"? Interesting.
Posted by: jesse59 on Mar-16-13 6:42 PM (EST)
I'm agreeing with you. I don't understand why someone can't identify the difference between a mummy bag and a rectangular bag with a hood.
No, I did understand you|
Posted by: Waterbird on Mar-16-13 10:36 PM (EST)
I was replying to RoanGuy, the gentleman with the impeccable manners.
You don't need to reply to me.|
Posted by: roanguy on Mar-17-13 6:29 AM (EST)
Your advise is usually useless.
But you clearly want a reply|
Posted by: Waterbird on Mar-17-13 2:21 PM (EST)
Otherwise you wouldn't keep engaging me. So I'm obliging. Here's your reply. I hope it does something for you.
Well.. I missed point 1..|
Posted by: waterbearer on Mar-12-13 2:42 PM (EST)
of your query.
I have four simple specs|
Posted by: Jackl on Mar-12-13 3:04 PM (EST)
They are all for certain reasons
Posted by: waterbearer on Mar-12-13 3:34 PM (EST)
perhaps a mis-read on my part but your spec suggests you want rectangular for the ability to zip together. Mummys can be zipped together - synthetic or down.
Posted by: willowleaf on Mar-12-13 2:50 PM (EST)
I've been pretty happy with a Kelty synthetic semi-mummy I got about 8 years ago (previously I had mostly used down bags but find this one just as comfortable). I see Campmor has a rectangular Kelty Callisto 20 degree mummy on sale for about $80 at the moment. Also a North Face Dolomite 15 degree bag for $110 and a Slumberjack Timberjack 20 for $70. I like the Kelty bags for quality of materials, warmth and compressibility. I've found I can easily use a smaller stuff sack than the one they supply to reduce the packed size.
Posted by: radiomix on Mar-12-13 3:52 PM (EST)
Think a bag exists that has all those criteria. You would probably have to be flexible on the mummy or the waterproof. There are bags that zip together that are mummy.
I don't want mummy|
Posted by: Jackl on Mar-12-13 6:39 PM (EST)
I hate the GD things, and yes just about all the rectangle ones zip together.
Don't even know what that means|
Posted by: jimyaker on Mar-12-13 4:39 PM (EST)
I guess you didn't read my ...|
Posted by: Jackl on Mar-12-13 6:41 PM (EST)
number 4 carefully.
Was trying to clarify|
Posted by: jimyaker on Mar-13-13 3:36 PM (EST)
What you meant, thus the follow up questions. What is the scenario where you want it to be waterproof?
they most definitely|
Posted by: radiomix on Mar-12-13 9:42 PM (EST)
I wou;ld sure like to get around a |
Posted by: Jackl on Mar-12-13 6:43 PM (EST)
camp fire with you guys. We would have a slug fest arguing about what I want !
Drives me nuts......|
Posted by: chodups on Mar-12-13 8:13 PM (EST)
...when people don't listen to the question(s).
Posted by: Jackl on Mar-13-13 6:26 AM (EST)
I'll paddle with you any day !
Posted by: radiomix on Mar-12-13 9:59 PM (EST)
Posted by: BigandSmall on Mar-12-13 10:50 PM (EST)
Recommendations for others (not JackL)|
Posted by: Waterbird on Mar-12-13 11:33 PM (EST)
Can't answer Jack's question because he wants sythetic, but for those looking for down, here are two sleeping bags that are hard to beat:
think I understood|
Posted by: willowleaf on Mar-12-13 11:36 PM (EST)
Posted by: deuce on Mar-13-13 9:33 AM (EST)
has what you need if you're willing to spend the cash.
If 15 degrees is ok|
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Mar-13-13 9:14 AM (EST)
look at this. http://www.backcountryedge.com/kelty-callisto-15-degree.aspx.
That looks good except for the size|
Posted by: Jackl on Mar-13-13 5:05 PM (EST)
the reason I was asking for 20 degrees, is the higher the degrees, the less insulation, which translates to a smaller bag which translates to taking up less room in the kayak compartment.
Posted by: gstamer on Mar-13-13 10:57 PM (EST)
Not answering for Jack|
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Mar-13-13 11:30 PM (EST)
but my reaction is how does that work if you are kayaking with a partner? How doe you snuggle up and, well, you know?
Posted by: gstamer on Mar-14-13 9:35 AM (EST)
A quilt is less restrictive than a bag (but much draftier since the bag just drapes over you), so you can use that newfound flexibility for more acrobatic maneuvers :^)
You mean you slept ???|
Posted by: Jackl on Mar-14-13 6:15 AM (EST)
I figure you just sleep while you are still paddling!
Google is your friend, Jack|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Mar-14-13 3:01 AM (EST)
I suppose I could research your four specs, but so can you, so therefore I won't.
When we summer camp|
Posted by: RedCrossRandy on Mar-14-13 9:07 AM (EST)
Patty & I use a double silk bag liner which stuffs into a fist sized bag and put it into two rectangluar polar fleece bags zipped together that we got at Walmart for under $20. You can put all 3 things into a small Sealine bag and stuff it in your hatch with no problem. It kept us comfortable to just below freezing.
Posted by: Jackl on Mar-14-13 9:57 AM (EST)
That might be just the ticket.
Posted by: willowleaf on Mar-14-13 9:48 AM (EST)
Thinking back to my long ago days selling gear at an outfitter in the heyday of backpacking in the US (the 1970's), another lightweight option a few manufacturers offered for tandem camping was top-over-bottom square bags where the two components were differing wieghts. You could have a 40 degree and a 20 degree bag and place whichever over you that suited the ambient temp. You could even get a bottom component that was uninsulated, basically a ground sheet to keep the top bag in place and eliminate drafts. Obviously your ground pad provided the insulation underneath. Some companies even made top components that zipped directly to the ground pad.
For a truly deep undisturbable sleep|
Posted by: CapeFear on Mar-15-13 10:09 AM (EST)
Posted by: deuce on Mar-15-13 12:16 PM (EST)
And, sharks are waterproof.