EMS Boreal 20 with Primaloft

11:45 p.m. on March 3, 2009 (EST)
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Opinions on this bag? Looking for a nice 3 season bag on a budget and came across this one.

 

http://www.ems.com/catalog/product_detail_square.jsp?STYLE_GROUP%3C%3East_id=1408474396004018

 

11:55 p.m. on March 3, 2009 (EST)
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Check out the Lafuma X950 Pro or the X650 Pro. Both are really sweet bags. The X950 will set you back about $120 and the X650 about $85. Both of these bags weigh alot less then the EMS and both pack down alot smaller.

7:52 p.m. on March 4, 2009 (EST)
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I actually have a friend with the Lafuma x950 and he complains that the bag doesn't live up to its rating.

8:14 p.m. on March 4, 2009 (EST)
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I think Lafuma gives you alot of bang for your buck but I could be biased because I sell there products. Another good bag is Big Agnes, though there prices are a big higher. I think there worth there money though because they have a sleeping pad sleeve which means no rolling or sliding off your sleeping pad. Have you thought about buying a down bag? They are lighter, warmer/cooler, and more packable.

8:34 p.m. on March 4, 2009 (EST)
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I'd love a down bag.. Just not dealing with a down budget. This bag just kinda caught my eye as a good deal and seems it would fit my needs fairly well.

11:01 p.m. on March 4, 2009 (EST)
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I caught a sale(on line) at EMS last year and got a Mountain Lite 20 degree down bag for $125. I've slept in it at 20 or a little less and was plenty warm. If your not in a hurry watch their website. I've had good luck with EMS even though I have to order online only (no stores in Colorado)

10:13 a.m. on March 5, 2009 (EST)
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If the price is the only reason you not buying a down bag then you should go with a Lafuma Warm & Light 600g down. It will only set you back about $119, Plus it weighs and packs down to nothing.

11:17 a.m. on March 5, 2009 (EST)
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Packing size is not a huge concern for me. Just about any bag will pack into the bottom of my pack. The bag you suggested is a 40deg bag i'm looking more into the 20-30deg range. I have been thinking about how hot it's about to get around here and wondering if i'll even be able to use a warm bag.

Thinking I need two bags for my area it's hot a hell in the summer and the winter low avg around 15-20 deg. I honestly may just end up carrying a sheet in the summer.

 

What do you guys do in hot weather? Just sleep on your pad?

11:53 a.m. on March 5, 2009 (EST)
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I don't have this particuliar bag but I do have the Cabela's XPG Backpacker Mummy Bag that has Primaloft Sport insulation. My bag is rated to 15 above. http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/pod/standard-pod.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/pod-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat20075-cat20144&rid=&indexId=cat20144&navAction=push&masterpathid=&navCount=1&parentType=index&parentId=cat20144&id=0038248

The bag is very lightweight but I think the Primaloft is not quite as warm as some other insulations I used.

I would say the Cabela's XPG Bag is comfortable to about maybe 25-30 degrees.

However, after reading the link you provided, the EMS bag looks pretty good. I would say ALSO CONSIDER:

The Backside Back-It 15 degree mummy bag. http://www.campingcomfortably.com/the-backside-15-degree-back-it-x-fibre-mummy-bag.html

I know from experience The Backside's X-fibre bags are very good. They are true to their claimed temperature ratings. Plus they are very lightweight and pack very small. I myself use the Backsider model, which is rated at +35 degrees. http://www.campingcomfortably.com/the-backside-35-degree-backsider-x-fibre-mummy-bag.html

I need to point out The Backside makes some really decent gear that really holds up. They are not all that well known like those over-priced BIG name brands. But their gear performs as well if not better than those trendy brands at a much more reasonable cost, seeing you are on a budget.

Hope it helps!

5:45 p.m. on March 5, 2009 (EST)
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You may want to look at this; http://www.luxurylite.com/bagindex.html

The price is right, the weight is pretty good, you could do worse.

8:03 p.m. on March 5, 2009 (EST)
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Thanks for all the info guys.. I'm still looking around..

 

Alan that's an interesting bag. I've never seen that design before.

2:19 p.m. on March 8, 2009 (EDT)
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Glad to have helped!


I wish you the best!

Happy Trails!

4:38 p.m. on March 20, 2009 (EDT)
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I just got an email from ems providing me with a 25% off coupon for one item at full price. So now the bag is $111 thinking I shouldn't pass it up?

4:51 p.m. on March 20, 2009 (EDT)
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I say go and purchase the bag. Take advantage of the savings. I would.

7:45 p.m. on March 20, 2009 (EDT)
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EMS has a great return policy as well. Definitely a good price for that bag

1:56 a.m. on March 23, 2009 (EDT)
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I went ahead an ordered the bag. Hope it was a good decision.

11:35 p.m. on March 26, 2009 (EDT)
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Got the bag today.. I ordered a long and am thinking maybe I should have bought the regular. I'm 6'1" and have 4-5 inches of space at the feet. Should I keep the bag or return it for a regular? I didn't want my feet feel trapped or be pushing the limits of the bag. I think it will be fine but wanted the opinion of the forum.

10:17 a.m. on March 27, 2009 (EDT)
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Go with the long. I too am 6'1" and would go with this particular size.

You made the correct choice.

So judging from what you see, how do you like the bag?

12:17 p.m. on March 27, 2009 (EDT)
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I only had time to get in and out of it to check the size. But, it seems to be a great bag. I looked over the contruction and material and it all looks solid. Looking foward to using it. And for the $111 I paid for it i don't think I could have done any better at all.

1:25 p.m. on March 27, 2009 (EDT)
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I know you made a good purchase. I rejoice with thee TravHale.

Do keep us informed how this bag performs. I for one would like to know. I'm glad you got the EMS brand. Wise decision in my opinion.

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