Touring - wool, cotton, and maybe down sleeping bags?
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03-23-08, 10:13 PM
i'm going to be using this for at home actually, as my apartment is small and i've become fond of sleeping on the floor (seriously). i'm needing something warmer as electricity is WAY too expensive and i intend to do without. i'd prefer something made of wool if possible. i read that it repels water better than down and cotton. a water proof outer would be nice though.
any suggestions on what to get for cheap? (less than $100)
03-24-08, 05:30 AM
I'm sure you can find some old wool army blankets on ebay, but they'd be heavy, and why do you need waterproof blankets for your apartment? Anyway, why not get polyester bags? They dry out faster than anything you listed. Also, I was a student, and let me tell you, an oil heater is a good thing to have. They don't draw too much juice, but they do a good job.
03-24-08, 06:16 AM
Army surplus stores are your friends in this case. :)
03-24-08, 06:36 AM
Down will be the warmest and lightest, if it stays dry. FWIW in the winter my bed has cotton flannel sheets, a light weave wool blanket and a down comforter:D The heat is normally set around 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit.:eek: For outdoor use, it is hard to beat the newer, good quality poly fills. But they can get almost as expensive as down. Check your local church thrift stores, rummage sales, yard sales or estate sales for down comforters and other good warm stuffs. FWIW hit up the churches in the rich part of town;):D
I do have one old Army Mountain sleeping bag that is down filled. That sucker is WARM, almost too warm to use in this part of the country. It has done me well down in the low teens outside with nothing more than a ground cloth and a light nylon tarp over the top.
03-24-08, 07:52 AM
Though it isn't as inexpensive as hunting through thrift stores and yard sales, which has always treated me well, REI has an online outlet with big markdowns. I bought a sleeping bag that retailed at $120 for $43. It was last year's model. The outlet updates daily, so if you watch it for a few weeks the exact bag you want will likely pop up for a great price. Throw an inexpensive (say, $15) sleeping bag liner into a bag rated 20+ and you got yourself a sack that should take you just about anywhere you need to go - at home or on the road.
03-24-08, 11:48 PM
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