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It's time for a new sleeping bag, and I'm in the market for the perfect one. I want it to compress into my coin pocket, weigh 12 grams, cost less than five bucks, keep me warm in Alaskan Winters and cool in Death Valley in August. It must be so waterproof it floats, so breathable I could run marathon in it, so indestructible I could hit it with a few passes from the belt sander and then tow a half ton truck with it. I'm sure you already own this bag and are keeping it a secret from me.
But, seriously folks...here are my details/priorities in order of importance:
1. I am honestly, but reasonably, cheap. I actually believe in the "buy the best you can afford..." maxim, but what I can afford might make that maxim moot. My budget is a slightly flexible $100 - $150. I'm not just a skinflint, either, my wife and I are currently grad students, and our income is several years away. We also have a 5 year old, and apparently factories and coal mines in the U.S. aren't hiring 5 year olds anymore. When did that happen? And, yes, I HAD a job in comedy, that's why I'm now a grad student.
2. I will be sleeping in a wide variety of places and weather, but probably never in winter. Temps ranging from the mid-20s to much higher. Most common environment would be fall/spring above 7k feet, Oregon/Montana/Idaho/Washington.
3. I have slept in clothes, and am not afraid of the "carry a liner" recommendation, as long as that liner and bag combined do not exceed my previously mentioned space and price wishes.
4. I'm not afraid of some weight (nothing more than ten pounds, though, please), but the thing had darn well fit into my pack (~65L) and let the rest of my things fit in there too. My hope is stuffed/compressed it is less than 8" x 14"
5. I roll in my sleep. so much, that it's possible I could take out a tent; my neighbor's. I don't wish to lose precious saved warmth because I moved.
6. I don't want to be afraid that my bag will rip because I got in it. I am -- right or wrong -- tough on gear. "Be more careful" unfortunately is not a bag I can afford.
I'm a 5'8", 165lb male, with a 38" chest. Also not afraid of having a woman's bag, as many women's longs seem to (by the numbers, anyway) be closer to my size.
I have looked at campmor, backcountry edge, REI online, Amazon.com, and Sierra Trading Post, and a couple other online stores whose names I don't recall. I'm in San Diego, CA and nearby, I have REI and Adventure 16, and the various non-specific "sports" stores.
I have read guides and reviews, and the following threads:
It is now October 2011 and I have until late winter to decide.
There are several bags that I've seen that look to be in the running (Kelty Cosmic Down 20/Light Year 20, Mountain Hardwear Lamina 20, TNF Cat's Meow), but feel I would benefit most from the combined wisdom and experience of the trailspace members. So, please, if you could name a current specific bag I would appreciate it.
Or just link to that thread that I apparently missed, as I am a N00b (I swear I tried). Please let me know if my subject could be better titled, as well.
And seriously, thank you.