Small packing, 3-Season, Sleeping Bag Recommendation

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  1. NuckaMan

    NuckaMan Space Available

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    I’m in the market for a small packing, relatively lightweight, 3-season sleeping bag. This would be for both moto and backpacking.

    I read the thread on ‘synthetic vs. down’ bags and still undecided which way to go.

    While I have a big bike that can carry a lot of stuff, I’m more of a minimalist and try to pack as small and light as I can for everything I do.

    Anyone got any suggestions?

    Thanks
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  2. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    Small/Light + (real life) 3 seasons = Down to me

    Anything synthetic won't pack small if it's a real 3 seasons. By real I mean not relying on the manufacturer temp rating but on your comfort.
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  3. Dazed Productions

    Dazed Productions Been here awhile

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    I currently have a full 3+ season Rab down bag, which is a bit bigger than what I want for bike use and warmer than I need (have used it on top of icecaps in -10) and a very small synthetic summer one which has been junk. I am thinking of getting one of these:
    http://www.mountain-equipment.co.uk/the_gear/down_sleeping_bags/xero/xero_350---465/
    rated 0˚ and 730g weight, or perhaps the 250 version. Only thing I don't like is the 3/4 zip as I like to stick my feet out the bottom of bags.
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  4. Ranger Ron

    Ranger Ron Been here awhile

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    The North Face "Cat's Meow" would be ideal for what you have in mind. It's a lightweight down bag that packs small.

    Ron :D
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  5. bmwktmbill

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  6. redredred

    redredred Experienced n00b

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    http://www.walmart.com/ip/2579726
    Micro Tek Ultra-Compact Mummy 30-Degree Sleeping Bag
    $34 from wally world (currently OOS)

    rated for 30*F. i used this sleeping bag up at joshua tree on a 35* night. i was wearing flannel pajamas and a flannel shirt and felt fine. it compacts down to about the size of a cantaloupe. i haven't weighed my bag but i would estimate it is about 3 or 4 lbs. great motorcycling sleeping bag for cheap.
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  7. Snr Moment

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    Down? I have one and it's Climashield Prism. Very nice bag and it packs relatively small for a synthetic bag - close enough in size to a down of the same 20*F rating. Went with the synthetic fill because it goes whitewater rafting with me in addition to being on the bike.
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  8. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    I always liked this one. One side is 25 degree, flip it over its 40 degree. Stuffs into a 6.5x12 compression bag, which I bought separately as the bag comes with a stuff sack thats around 7.5x15

    Mountain Hardwear Flip
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  9. WY wanderer

    WY wanderer Been here awhile

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    There are tons of options and opinions out there. 3-season is subjective to how warm you sleep and how cold the seasons will be. For me a 3-season bag is 15-20 degree temperature rating at the minimum with a 0 being needed on occasion.

    I would recommend the following for size and warmth:

    Mountain Hardwear Phantom series. Offered in 0, 15, 32 & 45 degrees (I have the Phantom 15)
    Marmot Helium (Wife has the women's model)
    Marmot Pinnacle (one of the best selling 15 degree down bags in the industry)

    Best of luck.
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  10. Solrider

    Solrider Smiling Politely

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    I made the switch to this bag from a Sierra Designs Rosa Synthetic...this bag packs to about half the size, is much lighter and much warmer. I tend to sleep on the cold side and I have yet to use my Reactor bag liner with the Marmot.

    I resisted down for a very long time, but the benefits and weight savings are incredible.
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  11. smr238

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    Take a look at the mont bell super spiral ultralight down hugger bags. They come in different temp ranges. They are mummy cut but the bag is elastic so you can stretch and move. It also holds the bag close to your body so your not heating dead space. I love mine. The temp ratings are also fairly accurate.
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  12. dirty_sanchez

    dirty_sanchez Dirty_Sanchez

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    Awhile back I began replacing my old gear to hand down to my boy who was getting into Scouts and needed his own.

    I was almost ready to pull the trigger on the Marmot Atom but found out about WM on some ultralight backpacking forums.

    I settled on a Western Mountaineering Caribu MF, full length zipper, with a nifty Microfiber shell that repels condensation often found on the lower walls of even a full mesh top tent. And it works. 35F bag, it's a fuller cut, packs down to nothing. I've been down to 25F in it and I didn't freeze to death.

    Read more if you like:

    http://www.westernmountaineering.com/index.cfm?section=Products&page=Sleeping%20Bags&cat=Microfiber%20Series&ContentId=23

    Dirty
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  13. mgdavis

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    I use a Marmot Helium EQ for my backpacking/moto bag. 15*, 850 down fill, MemBrain waterproof/breathable, packs into a size XS stuff sack. A bit overkill for a lot of people, but it's about right for me.
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  14. underkill

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    I love down.. Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32. Packs down to about the size of a Nalgene bottle. and warm enough for most temperatures (I get cold easily) added a bivy sack and thermal liner for a little extra warmth.

    Friend has a Montbell and really likes it.

    Have you looked at the Big Agnes line of bags? they have a sleeve for your sleeping pad instead of down on the bottom. Seem to pack pretty small as well. I had one for a while and it was pretty nice, but way too big for me. Might be a good option if you dont flail around all night long.
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  16. SeeRace

    SeeRace Been here awhile

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    Check out Full Throttle Camping fullthrottlecamping com They have a lot of info and good products. I have the Big Agnes Ranger. Looks like they are on sale right now.
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  17. vtbob

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    +1 on those who recommend down. After using other bags for years I finially broke down (pun intented) and bought a LLBean down bag. The LLBean price was better than most when I bought it. With teh stuff sack in takes very little space and weights little too. It is just right for the sholder seasons...a bit warm for summer so you have to use it open...ie have a bug proof tent. I keep it in a fluffed upstate in a seperate big bag so it does not get crushed. Had it over 10 years now. Still just fine.
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    toolhorder Been here awhile

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    +1
    Great bag and great experience buying from them.
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  20. osii

    osii Disgruntled Time Traveler

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    Dude, I was browsing over at Wally World following that link.

    The price of this stuff has come down so low you could just ride to a rally and when you get there, spend about a hundred and buy everything you need at WallyWorld. That Everest +5 bag for $29???? WOW!!

    Tent - $29
    Sleeping Bag - $30
    Pad or Air mattress - $12 - 16
    Nice Chair - $10

    I look back on all the expensive stuff i used to buy that now can be had at Wally World or Harbor Freight a tenth of the price and I just cringe.

    For what you would spend on a good set of luggage, you could just buy everything and toss it along the way and it would still be less than a hotel.
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