Sleeping bag cover

Discussion in 'Sleeping Bags & Quilts' started by HillBelly, Jun 28, 2018.

  1. HillBelly

    HillBelly Ultralighter

    I like to use a cover on my bag on my winter adventures, more to keep my bag clean than anything whilst in bothies. I use an Alpkit Hunka. I was wondering if there were any lighter weight options, as I'm not planning on sleeping outside in it.

    The Hunka is about 330g. and I have seen a PHD cover at 154g which looks like a good option - if a little expensive.

    Any ideas, for something lightweight, compact which doesn't involve rustling like a bag of crisps. I dare say I could simply do without one and save some weight, but I'm happier keeping my nice yellow bag clean : ). and the hunka does give me a level of extra protection too in my tent.
  2. Ally

    Ally Ultralighter

    Cumulus do two IIRC bit cheaper than PHD as well
  3. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Terra Nova Moonlite Sleeping Bag cover
  4. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    I made my own from some lightweight trilaminate dustsheet, couldn't think of a better material to use. Dust, dirt and water resistant..amazingly breathable and just about strong enough not to rip in use for a good few weeks of use, weighed 90g with the centre zip.

    With no zip, it'd come in at 80g.
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  5. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    MLD Superlight, Ti Goat Ptarmigan, As Tucas Millaris
  6. HillBelly

    HillBelly Ultralighter

    Cheers folks. Nothing coming up much less than the PHD for price and weight at the moment and I can't spot any Cumulus ones. I might have a look at a DIY option if I can gauge the finished weights and decide on a material - and find someone round here with a machine.
  7. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

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  8. HillBelly

    HillBelly Ultralighter

    Thanks Shewie. I notice he makes a lightweight sleeping bag liner in 10D nylon at 75g. Not knowing what that material looks or feels like - it might even work as a cover possibly being as its rectangular and not mummy shaped. Or maybe a lightweight sleeping bag cover is something he would consider. Just checking some weights for my spreadsheet tells me that my snugpak paratex liner that I take every year is 210g! surely not. (goes off to find some scales...)

    On the cheaper end, I noticed that Sports Direct (boo) do a Karrimor one which is a gnats lighter than the Hunka at 285g. I could chop the top off if I wanted to save some weight! which for £30 is something I would be concerned about doing.
  9. Ally

    Ally Ultralighter

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  10. HillBelly

    HillBelly Ultralighter

    Cheers Ally... I was looking on the UK (Criterion site). these look good. 140g

    £84 inc postage is good too :)
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2018
  11. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

  12. HillBelly

    HillBelly Ultralighter

    Thats an interesting site - English is shown with the US flag, and they have a cumulus jacket called a windy Wendy!
  13. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Equinox ultralite or cumulus.
    I have the equinox, its nice but very slippy.
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  14. NEEpps

    NEEpps Ultralighter

    I have the Cumulus Ultralight Pertex Bivi. Used it on the TGO. Fits over a large / wide STS mat and Quilt. Keeps out ant draughts, keeps the bag / quilt clean during dossing. Also keeps on condensation off of your bag should you touch the inner.
    I removed the neck drawstring as I never used it. Very happy with it.
  15. HillBelly

    HillBelly Ultralighter

    Cheers. Glad I'm not the only one who uses a cover to keep things clean and help prevent any frost issues on multi dayers.
  16. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Handy when the dog comes with or when its quite wet, cold, windy etc.
  17. HillBelly

    HillBelly Ultralighter

    I have found too that it helps when the wind is blowing through quite hard on a snowy cold camp. My sleeping bag combo handles a winter camp mostly, but occasionally I do feel the cold, so anything to improve matters is welcome, and worth the extra weight in my pack.
  18. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    That sounds really good. Is this the material?

    https://www.trade1st.co.uk/trimaco-one-tuff-dropcloth-12ft-9ft

    Presumably your mat goes inside? and is your zip at the side?

    Edit: just seen you say "centre" zip, so it's probably in the centre :rolleyes:
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  19. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    :D

    It's not the same, but I've seen similar stuff and it could well be even better as it's tougher. I think Tom found the same stuff I used, it's made by Pro-Dec and pure white.
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  20. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    I saw the Pro Dec but only seemed to be available in America (on eBay anyway)
  21. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    I've had a 140gr pertex style (not sure what it is) biwi from Phd for a while which does the job but ideally I'd like a quilt cover that has a footbox and otherwise follows the quilt shape and attaches with little toggles. I got a sheet from the link @Teepee sent me but not had time to do anything with it. But the stuff looks promising...
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2018
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  22. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    Good idea. Treasury tags ride again! I'll have a go at this.

    Edit: Found it at tax evasion.co.uk
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004UPI8TQ
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2018
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  23. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Section Hiker

    I've been thinking along the same lines since I got my quilt, something to slip over the box foot to hold it in place but then just spread out over the quilt to protect it from moisture from the dog or when under a tarp/trailstar. Will have to get one of those drop cloths.
  24. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

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  25. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Those Driducks ponchos are huge, aren't they? And very easy to tape for those less keen on sewing. The main downside, apart from a reported lack of durability, is that the material is quite bulky.

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