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New to forums, figured i'd say hello

I'm getting into ultralight camping. been doing some research and I have a lot of good idea's as to the gear I want.

my only problem is finding the "right" sleeping bag for me and my girlfriend.

We live in california. Expecting to go backpacking through, Big Sur, Yosemite, and Sequoia. to start. we love to travel so utah, nevada, arizona, oregan, etc are not too far fetched for us.

What we think we want at this point. (btw im 6')

We would like a sleeping bag that can zip together with another sleeping bag. (so two of the same ones?)

3 seasons

as close to 3 lb's as possible realistically

good for 15*'s

and under $170

lower volume the better obviously


I'm open to the idea of replacing a nice shell with down.

so suggestions towards a tough breathable shell that i can stuff with down would be appreciated too.
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PostIcon Posted on: Aug. 23 2013, 6:50 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

For a light-weight down bag for backpacking and camping expect to pay over $300-$400 per bag.  Google Kelty, Marmot, REI, & Big Agnes and Sierra Designs to get a good selection, for a medium weight bag and the price range the bags would be in.
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Just curious...
You state "3 season" then "good to 15"  
I expect you mean 15F, if so that is not exactly "3 season"  (?)
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Sleeping bags have three factors.
Light
Cheap
Warm

You can have any two.


Save your money and buy a real 850 down 400-500 dollar bag. I used to laugh at people that spent $500 on a sleeping bag. That is until I slept in one.
Nice thing about high end bags like Western Mountaineering, they will take a bag apart, clean and restuff one of their bags for $70. So you buy a bag, use it for 5 years, spend $70 and you have a brand new $500 bag. Try that with a $200 bag. You just buy a new bag every few years. Long term, you actuallly break even or come out saving money.
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FWIW - I don't think hauling around 3 lbs of sleeping bag constitutes ultralight camping.

...or you can opt for a down quilt to save a bunch of weight and a few dollars (vs. 2 high-quality down bags). I shed over 20 oz by converting from a Marmot Sawtooth down bag to an Enlightened Equipment Revelation X Long Wide 20 degree quilt.
You can have one of the cottage manufacturers like EE build a double quilt for you so you don't have to hassle with trying to get 2 bags to zip together. You just have to deal with who get the majority of the covers as you're tossing & turning.
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An option is to buy used and try  to score a couple WM apache sleeping bags.
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I got my GoLite Adrenaline 800FP 0* for $176. Let people know you're looking, ask for codes, save your money, strike when a good deal comes along.

Oh, and Franco... I consider myself a 3-season backpacker -- I rarely go out in summer...


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Just curious...
You state "3 season" then "good to 15"
I expect you mean 15F, if so that is not exactly "3 season" (?)

we call that spring and late fall around here

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