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Old November 8th, 2012, 04:32 PM
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Sleeping bag suggestions

As the cold weather sets in I still want to get a few trips in over the winter but need a new sleeping bag...I have a RTT on my camp trailer (yes I am one of those guys) so I am not terribly worried about it being super light or compact and may even look for a 2-person so I have a fighting chance of talking my lady into joining me. Also, she is allergic to down so those are out as well. Looking to stay in a reasonable price range (< $150).

Would prefer real world suggestions but open to all!
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Old November 8th, 2012, 04:38 PM
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Big Agnes... Lots of excellent options, and if you buy the pad, it slips into a pocket, so you don't slide off.

If you want to spend $ Butler bags are awesome.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 04:49 PM
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Monitor REI Outlet. They can have some stupid good deals and don't sell junk:

http://www.rei.com/outlet
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I had never heard of Big Agnes before a couple of months ago when I was shopping for a new sleeping pad. I bought their Q core pad, it's fantastic, and looked at their bags. The slot where the pad slips into is brilliant. Seems like a good company with good products
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Old November 8th, 2012, 04:53 PM
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GI modular sleeping bags - they show up on eBay as surplus from time to time.

Here you go. Ridiculous price right now - they used to be $200 on surplus now they're $75 which is absolutely sick. May actually buy a couple for Christmas at this price.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-pc-Modular...item5d336cd701
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Old November 8th, 2012, 05:12 PM
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i just bought one thats a good deal
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Western Mountaineering is just about the best you can get if you're willing to spend the money.

Otherwise, I concur with Horsey. I've slept many nights in the military sleep system and it's comfy.
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How big and heavy are they? Down or synthetic?
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Old November 8th, 2012, 09:37 PM
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X2 Western Mountaineering down bags are awesome. As are their jackets. Marmot bags are also good quality and readily available at decent prices.
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You could sleep in one of horsey's shoes. Depending on the boots he gets, it should be warm.
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For a single bag value Horsey's suggestion is as good as it gets. Make sure you get all three pieces; black bag (heaviest), green bag (lightweight) and goretex bivvy. Mix and match based off climate and personal sleeping preference.

For double bags Big Agnes rocks, the Slumberjack is decent too and can be found a little cheaper. Just remember if you're not lucky enough to have someone in it with you it will be harder to keep it warm.
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You could sleep in one of horsey's shoes. Depending on the boots he gets, it should be warm.
unfortunately I wear a size 13 as well so while I could wear horsey's shoes, I couldn't sleep in them!

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GI modular sleeping bags - they show up on eBay as surplus from time to time.

Here you go. Ridiculous price right now - they used to be $200 on surplus now they're $75 which is absolutely sick. May actually buy a couple for Christmas at this price.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-pc-Modular...item5d336cd701
thanks for the link...these look just about perfect for me. I will probably pick up a set and then also keep an eye out for a good double bag for when mama joins me
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If you want to spend the money, you can order bags from Western Mountaineering, or Feathered Friends (2 of the best down companies in my opinion) and they will set you up with 2 bags that can zip together. If not, the one Horsey linked can't be beat for car camping.
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GI modular sleeping bags - they show up on eBay as surplus from time to time.

Here you go. Ridiculous price right now - they used to be $200 on surplus now they're $75 which is absolutely sick. May actually buy a couple for Christmas at this price.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-pc-Modular...item5d336cd701
Just ordered one!
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If you want to spend the money, you can order bags from Western Mountaineering, or Feathered Friends (2 of the best down companies in my opinion) and they will set you up with 2 bags that can zip together. If not, the one Horsey linked can't be beat for car camping.
What he said. Weight, or lack thereof, means a lot to me. FF and WM make the best sleep systems bar none.
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If you want to spend the money, you can order bags from Western Mountaineering, or Feathered Friends (2 of the best down companies in my opinion) and they will set you up with 2 bags that can zip together. If not, the one Horsey linked can't be beat for car camping.
love their products with my wife being allergic to down, I normally steer clear of the feathers
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Make sure you buy several more for the other folks that will be taking shelter in your tent during winter wheeling trips at RC

Do you have a good insulated sleeping mat?
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Make sure you buy several more for the other folks that will be taking shelter in your tent during winter wheeling trips at RC

Do you have a good insulated sleeping mat?
I have a heater buddy that works great but don't always like to be dependent upon things like that working! The pad/mattress in the tent is about 2" thick and insulates fairly well but the biggest problem with it is that the bottom of the tent is aluminum so, especially in windy conditions, it gets really cold! In february at RC, I lined the joint of the tent floor with extra t-shirts to help keep some of the wind down.
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Just ordered one!
me too! thanks for all the suggestions! I will probably keep an eye on REI Outlet for a good 2person bag next
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OK don't steal them all before I get a chance to buy a couple myself. haha.
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