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below zero synthetic sleeping bags

6:12 p.m. on March 29, 2009 (EDT)
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Hi all

It's time to buy a new bag. I have a backpacking trip in a couple of weeks in the Caribou/Speckled Mt. wilderness is western Maine. While technically it is spring. We still have some awfully cold weather around here.

I'm looking for recommendations for cold weather -0 synthetic sleeping bags and I'd really like something in the -20 range. I prefer down, but my wife is allergic and can barely stand to be in a tent with down.

I'd consider a used bag if the price was right and it was well cared for.

 

Thanks

J

10:54 p.m. on March 29, 2009 (EDT)
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The only company I can think of that sells synthetic sleeping bags for really cold temperatures is "Cabela's"! URL;
http://www.cabelas.com/home.jsp;jsessionid=AS2NCRHYMXBKBLAQBBISCOFMCAEFEIWE?_requestid=138840

They make gear tailored more towards hunters who are out in late fall or winter. Their bags aren't light in weight but, they are said to function as advertised. They are the only company that I know of that makes many models of synthetic sleeping bags for winter usage.

Best of Luck -Adrian

11:34 p.m. on March 29, 2009 (EDT)
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hi j

check out the integral designs website. they have some really nice synthetic bags. primaloft seems to be the newest and greatest these days. i just did a quick web search and you might want to check out wiggys they have a different synthetic insulation that they say is the best. i have no first hand experience with either of these companies, or the fibers that they use.

i have an older alpine products bag that i really like. it is made with polarguard. in the day they made some of the best. there was also a post on this site about a wilderness experience cold weather synthetic sleeping bag. unfortuneatly neither company is still making gear.

if you end up getting a used bag make sure you check the loft not what the original temperature rating was. most synthetic bags loose their loft rather easily.

good luck dan

2:23 a.m. on March 30, 2009 (EDT)
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Check out MEC

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_listing.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302865703&bmUID=1238393934004

just watch out there is a couple of hybrids here mix of down and synthetic you wouldn't want them. Read some of the Customer reviews sounds like a good -12 bag. I'm going to be getting one of these not sure what one yet.

2:26 a.m. on March 30, 2009 (EDT)
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Welcome to Trailspace ejg

Have you looked in the review section here http://www.trailspace.com/gear/sleeping-bags/cold/synthetic/

I have a High Peak cascade -5 bag its a cheaper bag around $75 but it keeps me very warm and is well made.

10:24 a.m. on March 30, 2009 (EDT)
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Welcome to Trailspace ejg

Have you looked in the review section here http://www.trailspace.com/gear/sleeping-bags/cold/synthetic/

I have a High Peak cascade -5 bag its a cheaper bag around $75 but it keeps me very warm and is well made.

I second that suggestion. High Peak makes some really good bags. There was the Cascade model that was rated at -40 on the sportsmanguide.com on-line store. http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=409108 Too bad it is sold out. Talk about a good bag at a great price!

Take a look at these bags: http://www.campingcomfortably.com/the-backside-neg-15-degree-sub-x-x-fibre-mummy-bag.html

http://www.campingcomfortably.com/the-backside-neg-30-degree-ice-x-x-fibre-mummy-bag.html

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/,79480_Alps-Mountaineering-20-F-Sleeping-Bag-Alpine-Lake-Long-Mummy-.html

1:50 p.m. on March 30, 2009 (EDT)
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