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    sleep bags

    i need to be ultra lite in packing a sleeping bag...
    any ideas ...
    cost is a factor
    have been looking at these fleece bags with a shell .... do they keep you some what warm...
    i will be using a Hennesey Hammock with a foam cell under me for extra warmth..

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    Depends upon what kind of weather conditions you will be using it in. I don't know where you are but they are rated for insulating. You would not use the same one for severe storms that you would be for mild nights.
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    I have always bought Coleman sleeping bags (cheap and expensive) and have never had a problem with them. They also have a very good warranty, some with 3 years and some a lifetime warranty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by conifir View Post
    i need to be ultra lite in packing a sleeping bag...
    any ideas ...
    cost is a factor
    have been looking at these fleece bags with a shell .... do they keep you some what warm...
    i will be using a Hennesey Hammock with a foam cell under me for extra warmth..
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    You can get good (=warm), light (=compact), or cheap. Pick any two. Good backpacking gear is not always cheap.
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    I second the REI motion, particularly if you're a novice camper. Their employees are knowledgeable, and when my wife had to outfit for a two-week research/camping trip a few months ago when I was out of town (it was in a climate completely different from ours, so we had almost no suitable gear), she just went in and told them where she was going and they fixed her up at a reasonable cost. Everything worked perfectly. Scheel's or Cabela's could do the same, if you have either one handy, but REI is just about everywhere.

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    Like Siu Blue Wind posted, what will the conditions be where you will be using it, and how will it be transported (on your bike, in a backpack, or in a sag wagon?)? If you'll be using it in a fairly warm environment with no heavy rain, or in huts/hostels, you can get a light weight bag for fairly cheap. Do you want to go a little heavier and get something that can be used in a variety of situations? Maybe below freezing temps at night? Are you blaancing the advantages of down vs. synthetic insulation?

    Another good source is campmor.com; they tend to have great deals in the fall on summerweight bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conifir View Post
    i need to be ultra lite in packing a sleeping bag...
    any ideas ...
    cost is a factor
    have been looking at these fleece bags with a shell .... do they keep you some what warm...
    i will be using a Hennesey Hammock with a foam cell under me for extra warmth..
    You donít have to make this harder than it is. First decide what kind of weather you will be camping in and then most sporting goods stores will have a pretty good selection of bags for that temperature. I like Mummy bags myself and even army surplus stores can give you a good selection of those. I just tend to get on for colder climates than I plan on going camping in. Even a halfway good bag will stuff into a stuff bag less than the size of a sofa pillow. And they do make some pretty warm synthetic fill bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conifir View Post
    i need to be ultra lite in packing a sleeping bag...
    any ideas ...
    cost is a factor...
    As StephenH wrote, you're unlikely to find good, light and cheap.

    If you want a great bag for 3 1/2 seasons (all but pretty cold temps), look at a Western Mountaineering UltraLite. Down filled, compact when packed, conservatively rated to 20 degrees F, and weighs 1 pound 13 ounces. Full length zipper for those warmer nights. With common-sense care, it will last many seasons.

    If your summer bike tour is going to take you through different climates then the UltraLite is a good choice...
    A great bag, but it ain't cheap at between $345 - $375 depending on your height. You can sometimes catch the bigger online outdoor retailers, like http://www.backcountry.com/, with 20% off sales -- with no tax and free shipping, that's the time to buy.

    Also consider http://www.featheredfriends.com/; they make great bags as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by conifir View Post
    i need to be ultra lite in packing a sleeping bag...
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    I got a Northface summer-weight mummy bag in 1992, and it still looks and works like new. If it's cold, I can just wear longjohns, etc.
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    I agree with TromboneAl the northface is a good bag. As is REI's Polor Pod. But we still have no clue as to how cold conifir plans on camping.

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    Feathred friends rock wren http://www.featheredfriends.com/Pica.../Specialty.htm. I have one of these and use it for both hiking and biking packs up small and is very light. got mine on ebay for killer deal

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    Depends on the nightime temps for the most part, but really, like others have said, you're not going to get a warm, compact and light bag for cheap.

    On top of that, if you're sleeping in temps down into the 30s, you'll probably want something better than just a piece of foam to insulate your bottom. Hammocks can be great, but they have their drawbacks too.

    Next thing to consider after temps is how wet it's going to be where you're camping. This can make a difference in whether you choose a synthetic or down bag.

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    As someone else posted decide on the type weather you will be in. Dry climates with cold you might consider down. Wet consider synthetic. Either way you can use a stuff bag with compression straps and make it a lot smaller. Big Agnes makes some very small (beer can size) inflatable mattress' to keep you off the ground where you loose a lot of you heat. Fleece bags can be used in warmer weather or even bag liners. The Hennesey is a nice system ,but it needs a place to hang so consider that. I do a lot of multi day self supported kayak trips where size and workability are both important. Figure out your temps and go to the http://www.campmor.com site and they'll give you an idea of some of the items I mentioned. I've used them for years and have never gone wrong. Great customer service too.
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    sleeping gear

    after reading responses i realized i did not complete my thoughts thoroughly...
    and after careful consideration of the reponses i got from everybody that responded....
    and further communicating with Hennesey Hammocks personnel....
    about the use of my super shelter which is suppose to be a four season shelter...

    i was able to for get the idea of using a polar fleece sleeping style sleeping bag ...
    what i did find was a "marmot aspen 40 degree minimalist sleeping bag"....

    from what i learned from my telephone conversation with Hennesey Hammock personel...
    between the marmot bag and the super shelter i should be warm and comfortable as long as i also use a
    "heatsheets emergency bivvy" under me where the cell foam is....

    but if any body wants to add their 2 cents ...i am all ears....
    but thanks for everybodies input...

    the reason for the lite weight sleeping bag is that i am planning a bicycle camping tour and again i have gone the ultralite way with ultralite packs on my bike...that is i am not using racks or a bob...
    and during this up coming winter i will be doing shake down rides into the woods here in wisconsin...and the winters here a damp...they are not a dry cold like back home in montana..

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