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Re: Sleeping Bag help
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2007, 09:40:49 PM »
"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.

Gosh I hope so!  I really hope to be back in the mode of seven plus trips to West Texas and probably five more trips around Texas each year.  If all goes according to plan...

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Re: Sleeping Bag help
« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2007, 09:57:33 PM »
Ray, it was probably the WWG that recommended the chair and showed a picture of one on his pack.  Must say though, I've never hiked in that area without stuff tied on the outside of the pack.  If everything fits in your pack you probably don't have enough stuff!

Al

PS  These are cool if you like to sit for a while in the same place:
http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=7950&memberId=12500226


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Re: Sleeping Bag help
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2007, 10:12:46 PM »
Ray, it was probably the WWG that recommended the chair and showed a picture of one on his pack.  Must say though, I've never hiked in that area without stuff tied on the outside of the pack.  If everything fits in your pack you probably don't have enough stuff!

Al

PS  These are cool if you like to sit for a while in the same place:
http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=7950&memberId=12500226



Al,

Do you have one of these chairs? Sometimes I really would like to have a chair when packing and that looks pretty portable and light.
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Re: Sleeping Bag help
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2007, 10:16:56 PM »
I do and love it sitting around the campsite.  The back support makes all the difference between reasonable comfort and a sore back.

Al

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Re: Sleeping Bag help
« Reply #19 on: October 10, 2007, 10:18:19 PM »
I do and love it sitting around the campsite.  The back support makes all the difference between reasonable comfort and a sore back.

Al


You made up my mind, I'm getting one.

Thanks
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Re: Sleeping Bag help
« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2007, 10:24:54 PM »
BK,

They also have chairs that convert to a 3/4 length sleeping pad but I wouldn't recommend it as a pad unless you use it in in conjunction with another pad.  I went for the chair and use a good sleeping pad.

Al

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Re: Sleeping Bag help
« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2007, 10:59:31 PM »
If everything fits in your pack you probably don't have enough stuff!


Here's a shot taken a few years ago at the Juniper Canyon Trail head.  We were getting ready to zone camp around Elephant Tusk off the OML.  A few minutes earlier a Jeep had pulled up and a gal pointed at my 2 wheel drive F150 and asked, "Did you drive up here in that!"  I forget our response.  When we loaded up our packs, they couldn't believe we were headed down the trail carrying all of this stuff.  So we asked them to take our picture.



Picture size is reduced to protect the innocent.  I wouldn't make it very far these days with that pack, but that's the beauty of zone camping.  I hate having to go from Point A to Point B carrying all that stuff . . . but do like having enough stuff.  Why go out in the middle of nowhere to be miserable? 
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Al

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Re: Sleeping Bag help
« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2007, 11:41:05 PM »
I do and love it sitting around the campsite.  The back support makes all the difference between reasonable comfort and a sore back.

Al


You made up my mind, I'm getting one.

Thanks

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Al

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Re: Sleeping Bag help
« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2007, 02:33:15 AM »
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?   

I'm 5'11", 165-170lbs.

Both of my bags are the "Regular" length.  I find myself taking my Big Agnes Encampment more and more because of the added bonus of extra wiggle room.  Also it is a synthetic, so I don't ever have to worry about moisture.  But my favorite feature with that Big Agnes  bags have is the integrated pad sleeve (I believe Big Agnes is the only company with this).  I love this, as it keeps me on top of my pad!  Apparently I toss and turn a lot in my sleep (my girlfriend can attest to this!) and in the past I would wake up freezing cold, because I had somehow slipped off my pad, and I was sleeping straight on the cold hard ground.  Big Agnes bags also have a built in pillow pocket, which is a nice feature.  Last year in Big Bend (at RGV) it got down to 12 degrees and I stayed nice and warm in my 15 degree Encampment.  Great bag at a great price!  I've been very pleased with it so far.  I'd recommend it to you.

As for my Marmot, it's a definitely a quality sleeping bag.  With the 800 fill goose down it's a almost a whole pound lighter than my Big Agnes, so when I want to go light, it's the bag that I'll take.  It has a nice snug fit.  I really like the draw cords in the Marmot, very convenient and easy to open and close to adjust the temp.  The hood on the Marmot is also superior, it fits me perfectly.  If I wanted too, I could close the hood all the way and have just the nostrils of my nose exposed.  Excellent bag!

Hope that helps.

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Re: Sleeping Bag help
« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2007, 07:33:06 AM »
I do and love it sitting around the campsite.  The back support makes all the difference between reasonable comfort and a sore back.

Al


You made up my mind, I'm getting one.

Thanks

Save $10, make a fashion statement and have a real conversation piece in the desert!

http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=83654&memberId=12500226

Al

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Re: Sleeping Bag help
« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2007, 10:48:04 AM »
my REI downtime is a long bag, as i'm 6'3" 200ish. i have plenty of length, which is a very nice thing to be able to stretch out. i ahve fairly broad shoulders and i haven't been cramped inside, though i can't sprawl out like i would in a bed. though at cold temps, the only time when i keep it all the way closed, i want to stay and tight and still as possible. my friend just got the same bag, and he is 5'11" 240ish, and he loves it too.

it's only 600 fill, so it's not as light as an 800 fill bag, but it is still much MUCH smaller and lighter than my old synthetic bag. i have about half of the lower sleeping bag area in my pack left after the bag is in there.

I bought it at the REI outlet for ~130, not a bad deal if you ask me  :beer_chug:

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Re: Sleeping Bag help
« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2007, 04:53:06 PM »
I did have a 48-50 chest, it's just lower now, I now have furniture disease, thats where your chest fall into your drawers. Usually caused by :beer_chug:
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Re: Sleeping Bag help
« Reply #27 on: February 08, 2008, 10:53:20 PM »
I have to agree with Shane. I recently bought a MontBell Super Stretch Down 800 #1. Its rated at 15 degrees but I think with some extra clothes I could be comfortable down to single digits. I'm 5'10" but I bought a long to give myself a little extra foot room. The bag comes with a foot adjuster which allows you to close off the lowest section of the bag reducing the empty space to be heated and keeping your feet nice and warm. Great bag!

Amen on the amortization rational!
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Re: Sleeping Bag help
« Reply #28 on: March 18, 2008, 06:02:43 PM »
I have the Western Mountaineering KODIAK, which I swear by.    But the advise about getting the best one you can afford is excellent.   Find the one you can afford, then upgrade by one more level!   You won' regret it.

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« Reply #29 on: May 27, 2008, 10:18:33 PM »


I know, since Randell posted this "ergonimic" bag, along time ago..I kind of been trying to find it , to get more inofrmation. Well wait no more people, stop loosing sleep please for the Selk Bag 2 Sleep+Wear System is here, from Costco.com...where else.  :icon_biggrin:

  OK...ok...wait now, don't throw your money at me just yet. Who is going to be the first volunteer to try it on, and write a review?.. :icon_lol: :icon_lol:

 Just look at the comfort zone, this guy is in...sleeping pad...schlimping pad!, this guy is in heavenly bliss!!...c'mon, one step forward , here please.



 Muse, how was it that you always said?...just drop where ever you felt sleepy?... :rolling:



 Now this is packing light folks: Backpack,sleeping bag,tent....all rolled in to one system....






 
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