Opinions on this Big Agnes Sleeping System for Upper Midwest Touring
A sleeping bag and pad is one of the last items I need to acquire. The Big Agnes pads gets good reviews here and I am seriously considering their semi rectangular sleeping bags too because I am a side sleeper and don't think I would be happy with a pure mummy style. I also tend to like it a little warm when sleeping. That being said I am considering the Crystal, a 30 deg bag, and the insulated Air Core Pad. Being that I am originate from the Northern Wisconsin/Minnesota area, I could see a lot of my future touring being done there and around the Lake Superior shore from May through September. Although the Midwest has a reputation for hot summers, it can also get darn cold at night - mid 40's in July is not unheard of. My other consideration would be a 15 deg bag, but I am thinking that might be a bit too warm. I am also considering a silk liner to use alone with the pad when it is really hot or with the bag when it is really cold.
I am interested in what other people think of this set up for this region.
+1 for agnes-living in the rockies and temps inch to 30's even in august,i have a blue moutain (rated to 20)with an aircore pad,extremely confortable.check their "special" section at their site,smokin' deals sometimes.
I have an insul-mat brand, Big Agnes style pad, and find it much more comfortable than conventional pads for sleeping on your side. I've used it down to around freezing, but it's really not optimal for colder temperatures.
I just came across this again, and I wanted to update everyone that the big agnes system (bag + insulated air core) works well for me. I can only sleep on my side, so if there's anyone else out there like me, I recommend deflating the bag just a bit for side-sleeping.