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Can any of you reccommend a good sleeping bag for late fall into winter backpacking in Big Bend? I'm specifically shopping for something for a late November/early December hike on the OML. Also would appreciate any negative experiences you've had as I shop primarily on the internet and have more than one or two white elephants in my closets.
Ray,Another good option is if near a REI or Whole Earth Provisions is to go and test them in the store for size. I have a 48-50 Chest and some large bags are to small.
You might want to add a bag liner to your shopping list. Liners can lower the temp rating of the bag 7-8 degrees and are alot easier to clean than the bag itself.
I'll take a look at that one but fear it might be out of my $$$$$$.
I do remember your glowing review of your bag Shane. I'll take a look at that one but fear it might be out of my $$$$$$. I'll be checking REI's website for your model Viper. Living in Orange has its advantages, proximity to great Cajun food, large and plentiful mosquitos, and water, water, everywhere, but also makes shopping for quality outdoor gear somewhat difficult. By the way, my current winter bag is a -10 deg down model, veteran of many snowy nights in the Smokies, and at approx 30 years old still in great shape. Are any of you old enough to remember Holubar products? Great gear in its day, but I think there may be something out there now which will pack smaller & lighter and provide the same warmth. Ideally I'll be able to actually try one on before buying it since one of my white elephants is a Kelty bag and supposed to fit a 6 foot tall man. I'm exactly 6 foot tall but find this bag at least a couple of inches too short. Ayway...I appreciate the responses and please keep them coming.
Sounds like you already have a great bag unless you want to spend Big Bucks! Al
"Amortize it over 25 trips."Shane, you've met me. Do I look like I have 25 trips left in me? Maybe one to Caddo though. I'll pm you on that.Al, yes my old bag is still a good one and I carried it for my first hike of the South Rim a couple years ago, but it takes a lot of space in my pack. I don't think I'll have any room to spare when I hike the OML so pack size is a major consideration. I believe it was you who previously reccommended packing a lawn chair and while I'm not doing that, I would like to find a stool of some sort. Sanjuro/Viper tell me more about your bags. My price range isn't absolute, but I hope to get something for $150-$200 since I'm still paying for that Baylor Dad sticker on my rear window. How tall are you and what length are your sleeping bags?
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