affordable lightweight sleeping bag

9:30 p.m. on August 12, 2005 (EDT)
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i've been looking around and these bags are expensive! i don't have 300 dollars, i hardly have 100!

i'm going backcountry hiking and camping in the pacific northwest in a few days. need something moderately warm, no polar bags.

this is all very complicated. it seems down is better than synthetic? mummy bags are more weight efficient?

any standard bags i can go pick up? should i go to a mainstream store like dicks or sports athourity or should i wait till i get to portland and find a place over there?


9:32 p.m. on August 12, 2005 (EDT)
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by a store in porland i mean a camping hiking store, there are none of those around here.

9:34 p.m. on August 12, 2005 (EDT)
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5:26 p.m. on August 13, 2005 (EDT)
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Hi, there are a lot of bags that would work for you. I suggest looking at REI's website to see a good If you only want to spend $100 or so, a synthetic bag will be a better buy. Down is just too expensive. If you wait until you get to Portland, go the the REI store. That way you can try the bags out and see how they fit you before buying one. You might even call the store before you go to see which of the bags they have in stock. The website may have bags on it that the store doesn't. You can get the number and address off the REI website (look for the store link at the top).

I'm sure there are other stores there, but REI is a big store with a bigger selection of quality, name brand gear than you will usually find in a general sporting goods store. Plus they will have almost anything else you might need and the people who work there generally are knowledgeable about what they sell.

11:43 p.m. on August 13, 2005 (EDT)
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For $100 you could try the Sierra Designs Wild Bill. REI has it for 99.95 in regular size. I've been using mine in the Sierra's since May at temps ranging from freezing to 60F. It's rated 20F. See reviews on this site:

5:17 p.m. on August 14, 2005 (EDT)
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Last year in the Outdoor Mag 'Gear of the Year' edition, it gave the kelty lightyear 25 deg 650 fill down bag the 'best buy' award. I think...or it was the 45 degree. Either way, the bags are very good for the price. $150 for the 650 down 25 degree bag. I have a Slumberjack and I can't stand it. I always get cold when it's 40 degrees and it is rated to 20. Here are a few shops that carry these bags:

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