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#184065 - 03/25/14 03:17 AM Help With Purchasing a Sleeping Bag?
CoryJ Offline
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Registered: 03/25/14
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I am currently looking for the best Down Sleeping Bag I can find without breaking 200$

It would be nice to spent around 150$ or less if possible but I am willing to spend up to 200$

I will be using this mainly for summer for different segments of the JMT.  Not sure on the exact spot but most like a 5-7day trip.

These are the current bags that I am looking at buying.
Marmot Never Winter 30 Degree Down
http://www.backcountry.com/marmot-....ee-down

Big Agnes Lost Lake (found this in a local store for 185$)
https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Bag/lostlakesl

Boot Jack 24
https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Bag/bootjack24

Sierra Designs Arrow Rock (in the local store for 185$)
http://www.backcountry.com/sierra-....ee-down

Thanks let me know which one you guys would recommend. Or if you would recommend another bag!


Edited by CoryJ (03/25/14 03:17 AM)

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#184066 - 03/25/14 08:12 AM Re: Help With Purchasing a Sleeping Bag? [Re: CoryJ]
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All of them look reasonable within your budget.. None of them are what I'd call the lightest for their rating, but they are all pretty good.

Aside from increasing the budget and going with a high end bag, I think any of them would serve you well, but in all honesty If there are local stores around you with some of them, I'd really make the decision on *fit*. Go in to the store and try them on, see what's the most comfortable - sleeping bags do fit differently, just like clothing.
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#184070 - 03/25/14 09:46 AM Re: Help With Purchasing a Sleeping Bag? [Re: CoryJ]
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Here are some more to look at.

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#184076 - 03/25/14 03:00 PM Re: Help With Purchasing a Sleeping Bag? [Re: finallyME]
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Edited by CoryJ (03/25/14 05:07 PM)

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#184080 - 03/25/14 08:13 PM Re: Help With Purchasing a Sleeping Bag? [Re: CoryJ]
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I'd go with the Marmot bag - based solely on the fact that I owned and liked a couple of their Elements bags (Hydrogen and Helium), and on the fact that I've never owned a Sierra Designs or Big Agnes bag. Not exactly a scientific survey.

Tents: I've never used ALPS gear, so I can't comment on your tents.

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#184129 - 03/27/14 08:05 AM Re: Help With Purchasing a Sleeping Bag? [Re: Glenn Roberts]
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Loc: Central Michigan
I really like my Kelty Cosmic Down in the over-sized model. Its quite light and compresses down well. Its under 2# packed. I believe they are in the $100-$150 range depending on temp rating.

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#184134 - 03/27/14 02:06 PM Re: Help With Purchasing a Sleeping Bag? [Re: CoryJ]
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For more consumer info: Deciphering EN13537 Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings The EN13537 ratings aren't perfect but at least are based on testing results rather than fiction made up by the manufacturer's marketing department.

If the bag is not EN13537 rated and is not made by one of the top makers (such as Western Mountaineering or Feathered Friends) which, with your budget, it won't be, then add another 10 degrees F to the temperature rating. Maybe even another 9-10 degrees F if you're a cold sleeper.


Edited by OregonMouse (03/27/14 03:44 PM)
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#184141 - 03/28/14 02:42 AM Re: Help With Purchasing a Sleeping Bag? [Re: OregonMouse]
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I'm with OM, bag ratings that are not EIN ratings, unless they are from a top brand are suspect. I've seen some pretty ridiculous claims that seem way out of line based on the minimal fill listed for the bag. The basic rule with bags is "warm, light, cheap; pick two." My solution to this conundrum is to buy a name brand used bag. Picking up a nearly new brand name bag for around half price is possible if you look long enough. That is how I got my Marmot bag. Came with the original stuff and storage sacks and the owner even had the hang tag for it. I got the parka in my avatar the same way. It looked brand new. The owner had bought it for a trip he never took.
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