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After freezing in my tent on Saturday Ive decided its time to invest in a new sleeping bag. Heres what I want....

Pack size as small as possible
Pack weight as light as possible
Min 3 season, comfort rating from below zero
Max price £100.

So what do peeps recommend? Weight and size are really important. My current bag is a 3 season but it has been well used and let me down as I got cold at a couple of degrees below freezing, and this included using a liner and wearing thermals. Should I get a 4 season? Its going to be the only bag I use.
 

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The one i use is a tad more, i paid £140 for it, Vango Viper 1000... It was a while ago so may be cheaper now but it's fekkin toasty as a toasty thing, it packs pretty small too.

A good tip for you though (and iv'e done this myself and know it works) is if i know it's going to be really cold then i take a hot water bottle... iv'e always got me stove and kettle anyway. You would be surprised what a difference a lovely piping hot water bottle makes inside a sleeping bag.



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I picked up this last year, a Mountain Hardware Lamina 20 Sleeping bag. i got for £80, from webtogs, which looking now seems a bargain. Only used it in October but was certainly plenty warm enough.
 

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Mike..get a 3 season Down and a thermal fleece insert that covers the cold and if it gets hot just unzip the linner..

ebay is good but they are expensive...and dont store the down bag rolled up it`ll ruin it..

down =light and compact compared to synthetic ..
 

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Have a look at one of these Eurohike Down 500 Sleeping Bags - Buy the Eurohike Down 500 Sleeping Bag online today. - Millets
Here is what I penned on the camping forum just after I had used it for the first time
Me elsewhere said:
I bought this bag as I was looking for something that was both warm (3 season minimum) and packed down to a small size for use on the bike. Looking around it seemed that down was the only real option (3 season and up) to get the small pack size I was looking for and down bags all seemed to out of my price range. I found this bag in Millets and at only £69 (or cheaper see below) it at least fitted my budget.

The bag itself has a quality feel and comes in a compression sack measuring 10 x 6 inches (25 x15 cm) After use the bag rolls up easily and fits back into the bag without too much effort. In use it seems bigger than the average mummy bag and placing it along side my sons (adult) synthetic bag it is both longer and wider across the torso / shoulders.

Comfort wise the bag is rated from minus 4 to +20 C and has an extreme rating of minus 21 C and is badged as four season use.
A couple of years have passed and it's had loads of useand I have to say I'm still happy with it.

If I pack it in a small dry bag it crushes down to the size of a melon (or a small rugby ball) and takes up less than a quarter of one of my panniers. Warmth wise it's really warm but only if you can get yourself on an insulated mat as, like all down bags, where you apply downward pressure the down goes flat and has no insulating properties. Airbeds are no good when it's really cold but self inflaters work well.

I've never got it wet but again like other down bags they lose their insulating properties when the down gets wet so make sure your tent is dry.
 

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Hi Mike,

Depends on cost really a Down bag or a Synthetic Holofil Bag, I have several bags, I mainly use my RAB Down bag 4 season, been well down below the zero mark in some serious winter soirees on the mountain.

Pros with Down Bags, compresses down very small for packing, excellent thermal qualities.
Cons, can be rather expensive, loses it's insulation when wet, maintainence they need to be looked after too.

Pros with Synthetic Bags, not too expensive, good thermal qualities, easy to maintain ie cleaning etc.
Cons, doesn't compact down as small as a Down Bag, can be bulky but a good compression sack sorts that out, heavy & bulky when they get wet.

There's a lot of bags out there, just weigh up your budget, come over to my gaff if you want to compare the Down V Synthetic size & weight option if you want.

I'm sure some of the troops will offer good sound advice & their preferred opinions, but buying a sleeping bag is a very personal thing to the owner.

Enjoy visiting the stores & reading the spec & listening to the salemans pitches.

ABR did a sleeping bag article in issue 8 Page 112, there's some good bed time reading there Mike.
 

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After freezing in my tent on Saturday Ive decided its time to invest in a new sleeping bag. Heres what I want....

Pack size as small as possible
Pack weight as light as possible
Min 3 season, comfort rating from below zero
Max price £100.

So what do peeps recommend? Weight and size are really important. My current bag is a 3 season but it has been well used and let me down as I got cold at a couple of degrees below freezing, and this included using a liner and wearing thermals. Should I get a 4 season? Its going to be the only bag I use.
I've got a four season down bag for sale for the princely sum of £65 + p&p. Only used twice and then somebody offered me a RAB bag for a good price.

If you're interested let me know and I'll post up details and photos..
 

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Thanks for all the replies so far.

Forgot to mention, it also has to be LONG! My current bag is 230cm's and it fits me well. My wife has a 225 and I think I just fit in that.....

So, like the look of that EuroHike of Boris, but not sure I will fit? Will pop down to Decathlon and Outdoor world at the weekend and have a play.
 

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I've got a four season down bag for sale for the princely sum of £65 + p&p. Only used twice and then somebody offered me a RAB bag for a good price.

If you're interested let me know and I'll post up details and photos..
Thanks for the offer MOM but I think I need to go out and try a few bags for size.
 

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I can't stand Mummy Bags and as a big fella, I need a big envelope bag!

These days, I use a basic 30 quid 2/3 season bag, but the secret weapon is a £10 fleece sleeping bag from Wilko that I use inside the basic bag. Good to -3C I have found as long as I have a foil blanket under me as the air beds are damned cold when the ground has not warmed up at this time of year :) The fleece bag is also good for if the nights turn warm when on a trip and the standard bag is too hot.

The problem with the above is that it is bulky compared to a mega efficient, down Mummy bag
 

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Have you tried army surplus down sleeping bags. They might be a bit narrow at the foot though, I have a oblong bag with no reduction in the width at the feet.
I had to us army ones for real, woke up in morning with frost growing on the bag, still cosy. (no tent)
Like you say, need to try before buy really.
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Have you tried army surplus down sleeping bags. They might be a bit narrow at the foot though, I have a oblong bag with no reduction in the width at the feet.
I had to us army ones for real, woke up in morning with frost growing on the bag, still cosy. (no tent)
Like you say, need to try before buy really.

Rick
Make sure you see it before you buy though. It's not unknown for the lads to use them fully clothed including boots. I've even heard stories of some surplus places cutting the damaged bottom bit off and resowing then end up giving you a shorter bag.
 

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I can't stand Mummy Bags and as a big fella, I need a big envelope bag!

These days, I use a basic 30 quid 2/3 season bag, but the secret weapon is a £10 fleece sleeping bag from Wilko that I use inside the basic bag. Good to -3C I have found as long as I have a foil blanket under me as the air beds are damned cold when the ground has not warmed up at this time of year :) The fleece bag is also good for if the nights turn warm when on a trip and the standard bag is too hot.

The problem with the above is that it is bulky compared to a mega efficient, down Mummy bag
Yup, i'm with you fella, i use my down mummy bag as a quilt inside my cheap double sleeping bag...toasty fekkin warm :D



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