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Old 01-02-11, 04:05 AM
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Autumn/winter tourers - how big and heavy is your sleeping bag?

I'm putting together some kit for the possibility of an extended tour sometime in the future, which might involve autumn and winter, where the temps drop below freezing (but nothing truely extreme).
I'm looking at sleeping bags now (always a minefield, I know).
I'm considering taking two bags, a summer bag which weighs about 1kg and packs down to about 20x20 cm, and maybe a 2/3 season bag or straight 3 season bag. I've seen a 3 season bag which weighs about 1.5 kg and packs to about 25x20 cm. This means I'd have options of combining the bags or not, depending on weather.
I've also got a thermarest prolite to sleep on to keep the heat from escaping into the ground.

What I'm looking for really is an idea about the kinds of weight, pack size you hardy souls take when touring in coler weather, and if you take two bags instead of one.

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I've been pretty comfortable at -7 Celcius when using my Alpkit down bag plus a silk sleeping bag liner. It weighs about 1.2kg and fits inside of a pannier. It's quite well priced too. https://www.alpkit.com/shop/cart.php?...ategory_id=253
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I use a North Face Cat's Meow. I also carry a silk bag liner and a wool blanket for use during the fall and winter months. It is rated as a 20*f(-7*c) bag, I can tolerate that with the silk liner and wool blanket. With just the bag alone it is more like a 30*f(0*c) bag for me. Weight for the long bag is listed at 1.2kg (2.9#). I have one of the older versions with the fleece lining that I prefer, so the weight aspect doesn't bother me at all.

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I have an Ajungilak Tyin 3 season rated to -3/-9/-27 Celsius (women/men/extreme EN 13537). Weighs 1800g.

Good to freezing with "Ridge Rest" pad and tent...

I prefer synthetic in case bag gets wet, although they are heavier/bulkier. ymmv

If I knew they'd be a lot of nights below freezing I'd double up with the cheapest thinnest summer bag I could find and dump it when no longer needed, rather than carry a 4-season bag unless the whole trip was sub 0C...
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Your idea of taking 2 bags should just about cover any cold you'd run across. One low temp down and one summer synthetic should stuff nicely into a 8x20 sack. Practical and versatile.

Me, I just layer up to match the temp. Clothing double as a liner to protect my 25F down bag.
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I have a Fluffy warm Stevenson triple Bg Im Not using Want it? it's handmade in US
Down + down filled airmatress.. built into the bottom, 2 layers to top , either or both attach.
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I'd be very interested in that. Trouble is I'm in the UK, so, shipping might be problematic/expensive. What kind of price are you looking at? you can PM me, if you'd rather.
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