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Old 08-25-11, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Gotte
Another option, one which I'm experimenting with now in the back garden, is to use two lighter bags. I have a summer down bag, which goes inside a summer synth bag. I put a pertex cover over the top and a silk liner inside. The overall weight is about 1.6kg, which is about the same as a good 3 season bag, but you can chop and change depending on the weather, and split the pack up.

Just a thought.
Agreed -- I too am experimenting with an option like this with a summer weight quilt (15oz) and winter quilt (24oz). Offers good flexibility.
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Originally Posted by zzOtherlandzz
I think I have the sleeping bag sorted (again thanks to a comment in this thread... Thanks!). I am a side sleeper for the most part and a bigger guy <sigh>. So I think I'm going to go with semi-rectangular bag. A big more room in the torso for me... and for side sleeping (I hope).... I decided to go with down.. partially because I chose a bigger type bag and that would help save weight and room.

Thanks again.... Jay.
Jay, I really don't think you will regret buying the LL Bean, especially at this amazing sale price. Let us know what you think of this bag when you receive it. And you're right, by choosing down you can get a larger bag, yet keep the weight down. There are very few, perhaps no other sleeping bags of this size, with this temperature rating, that weigh 2 lbs. That's really an excellent weight for the size and temperature rating. There are good reasons for having down on all sides---you can turn however you want and you will be fully covered, compared to a Big Agnes. I honestly can't think of a single problem with this LL Bean bag. Oh wait a minute, yes I can: the stuff sack is tiny, you can barely get the bag in it. I recommend that when you order it, you ask them to send one size larger stuff sack. Tell them you read in a review that you can barely get the sleeping bag in it and you don't want to compress it that much. They will most likely send you a larger sack for free.

Many people would be able to use the Bean 35 as their one and only sleeping bag as it should work from 30 to 70 degrees. With extra clothing I have some confidence it would work down to 20 degrees. I wear shorts and a t-shirt down to 32 degrees with this bag.
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Originally Posted by zzOtherlandzz
Wow cool picture. Where was it taken? It looks like something I could see down here if Florida out riding my mountain bike.
It was taken at a place called Forrestina plots, east of Hyden in Western Australia. It is very basic with no facilities at all. It is on the Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail. We camped here as part of tour from Esperance back to Perth in 2010.

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