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I now have the sleeping bag issue out of the way. I went with the Sierra Designs Ridge Runner from Campmor. I know it is a 30 degree bag but, I sleep hot and figure I can wear extra if need be. The bag had some good reviews and I too like the fact that the sleeping pad can be secured to the bottom of the bag. Now for a good pad!
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Thermarest pads in general have been my favorite as far as quality and longevity. I can't ever recall having to purchase a new pad because of failure with my Thermarest pads. I can't say the same in regards to other manufacturer's pads that I've tried.

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Thanks, any particular model by thermarest for a 6'1" individual?
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Thanks, any particular model by thermarest for a 6'1" individual?

The most R-Value you can afford...as a general rule. Insulation equals warmth.

Many people around here swear by the NeoAir pads for comfort. I'm still a bit leary of the fragility but that's a personal thing for me.

Each person deals with padding differently. I'm a 3/4 Prolite plus pad with pack under my legs and supplement with a closed-cell Z-Rest (Now called the Z-Lite) foam pad in winter. Mind you, I'm a four season backpacker in Bend, Oregon who hikes up on Mt. Hood and other areas with temps hitting 0 often. It's taken me quite a few years to figure out what setups work for me and will protect me from the elements in the temp ranges I hit while not sacrificing comfort.

In shoulder seasons, I carry a full length pad for hammock camping. In summer, I carry an ultralight 3/4 pad alone that still has a decent R-Value.

Just starting out, you should pick the pad (or pads) that are going to get you to the temp range you need...and comfort level you need.

I could use a nice thick NeoAir...but I'm plenty comfortable on my Prolite Plus. I'm 5'10" by the way.


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Thanks again. I will look more into it but, I could probably get by with a 3/4 pad also as I don't worry to much about the lower parts. My main concern for comfort is the upper areas and I'm only doing spring/summer packing.
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If you want a 3/4 I can help. I bought my kids Big Agnes Insulated Air Cores, size 20 x 66 and they have used them 4 times. Now they both grew like crazy this year and don't fit so I am going to sell them. Shoot me an email or PM if you are interested in one and I will give you a good deal.

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I too like the fact that the sleeping pad can be secured to the bottom of the bag.

If you figure out how to use them let me know. My bag has some loops on the side for this, but not sure how to use them. The only thing that I can think of is to use some rope, but that seems too primitive.
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Bag will arrive on Monday so, I'll see if I can figure it out and let you know.
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Sierra Designs used to make "Pad Locks" which were this:

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/sierra-....p~98594

Basically a fancy adjustable hook system. I used them for awhile, but honestly some 3mm cord worked just as good.


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I have 2 Sierra Design Sleeping Bags and pleased to say I'm very happy with their overall performance.  They've been great in all conditions I've put them thru.

SD Sandman 15 degree synthetic
SD Arrow Rock 15 degree down


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Thanks, that gives me a good feeling on my choice for a bag. I am hoping it will meet all my needs.
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Bag arrived safe and sound and I'm happy with it. It has straps across the back to hold the pad in place so, I'm hoping no problems there.
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Straps you say. That is not what I was hoping for, Hehe.

Good to hear that your purchase arrived safe. Hope it works out in your favor. I think that I have to upgrade mine already or limit the weather that I can go out in.
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Yep, has straps on the back. I'm thinking it will work pretty well for me for the just Spring and Summer packing I intend to do. Perhaps as I get more experienced, I'll look to longer trips and various seasons.
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