Sleeping Bag Recomendations

Discussion in 'Sleeping Bags & Quilts' started by Ray Smith, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. Davy

    Davy Thru Hiker

    Cheers, I also wear a hat when its nippy as I'm not a huge fan of hoods unless it gets really really cold.
  2. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Just wear a warmer hat:)
  3. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    It wakes me up - then I re-arrange myself.
    How 'bad' it is varies on how cold it is outside the bag. As with most things re. sleeping - it's a personnal thing as to what is acceptable/not.
  4. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    :)Another user of Cumulus bags here.
    Never had an issue with the differencial fill.
  5. Davy

    Davy Thru Hiker

    Cheers, will attempt to order from the EU shortly.

    Awaiting email confirmation I can get a UK delivery
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2015
  6. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    Can you now buy from Poland or do you still need to go through a separate dealer?
  7. Davy

    Davy Thru Hiker

    Outdoorline got back to me quickly, apparently no problem as we are in the EU. Order has been placed. :)
  8. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    They're the dealer I was thinking of. Heard good things about them. :D
  9. widu13

    widu13 Ultralighter

    I'm awful with differential fills...I often turn 180 one way and then 360 the other as well as turning in the bag and being a side sleeper. Finding quilts has been a revelation for me.
  10. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Peter is a really nice guy to deal with, good prices too
  11. Ray Smith

    Ray Smith Summit Camper

    Thanks for the advice folks.

    Have decided to buy one of the 'Mammut Sphere UL 750' sleeping bags based on price compared to many others.

    Also bought an 'Exped Synmat WL Winterlite' mat so hopefully they both perform as good as I hope they will.

    Just a bugger that I am waiting on a lot of other things coming as well that I probably wont get out until next weekend to try them :frown:
  12. stormin'

    stormin' Section Hiker

    This one Ray?
    You might find it a bit restrictive if your over a 42" chest and like a bit of free space.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2015
  13. Ray Smith

    Ray Smith Summit Camper

    Yeh that's the one Stormin. Hopefully it will be fine. Any issues and it will be going back.
  14. Lady Grey

    Lady Grey Thru Hiker

    Cumulus bags sold in Uk...Criterion.
  15. Davy

    Davy Thru Hiker

    The bag turned up today - which was nice :)


    Impressed with the loft, workmanship seems good, neat stitching and can't find anything wrong, no feathers poking through (unlike my TNF down jacket).
    A quick test run in jeans and T-shirt proves there is plenty of space to roll over without dragging the bag with me (might be different in thermals on a slippy Xlite on a slope..) I'm 5'11, 42" chest and normalish build. I like the velcro on the neck baffle, much better than faffing with an extra draw string when scrambling out fast for a call of nature.

    Impressively compact in the supplied stuff sack although its a bit of wrestle getting it in. I guess I'll use a roll top drybag anyway. It comes with a large mesh bag for storage.

    And it weighs 866g in the sack. :)

    Even the dull colour is growing on me..

    If it performs as well as I think/hope it will, I'll be very happy. Plan to test it in a couple of weeks.

    I'd have happily bought via Criterion if they could close the gap a bit on costs.
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  16. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    down sleeping bag stuff sacks annoy the crap out of me. never come with a good compression system. paid shed loads for bags and got a bog standard stuff sac on every occasion. best one ive had is on a mountain hardware lamina 40 synthetic. light and jams it down tight
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  17. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    I've never felt the need for compression system for down gear. The smallest bag you can stuff it in by hand is surely small enough? A drybag is easy enough to squash things down a bit. I suppose heavier 650FB 1kg+fill weight bags might need squashing more - out of my experience though.
    Synthetic is a different story. Bulky. But then every time that's compressed hard, it's losing a teeny amount of loft. Whatever the type of synthetic insulation some fair better than others.
  18. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    if i can get stuff smaller i do. its why i buy down. can make the difference between carrying my omm marathon or or a much larger pack. compressibility is as important as weight to me
  19. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    sure, what I meant was that I haven't found that down stuff needs a compression system - it easily compresses as small as it's going to get by hand anyhow.
  20. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Not much room for Baileys in a Marathon :)
  21. Davy

    Davy Thru Hiker

    I've got a couple of different sized eVent compression dry bags but I was lead to believe that its better not squish down bags until the straps squeak.. I do on the Snugpak bags we have on canoe trips as they are relatively large and 4 sleeping bags take up a lot of volume. I guess compression sacks also weigh more.

    The Cumulus stuff sack is about an inch too short to make packing it easy but it does all go in. It feels like it would cinch down another 10-15% or so with compression straps.

    In recent backpacking overnights I've just had the bag loose in the bivvy bag and squished at the bottom of the pack. Not really worked out the best way to pack this one yet.
  22. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Try a Drybag Davy
    I think the 'compressing down really hard damages it' is a bit of a myth. I'm sure I've read an account of unpacking a down bag that was shrink wrapped down tight as for several years - it lofted back up ok - just took a while.

    But compressing synthetic does damage it's loft recovery. That's why snugpak etc bags are never as warm again as when they were new.
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  23. Davy

    Davy Thru Hiker

    Ha, I don't think it was warm new :D

    Got plenty of drybag options in the cupboard - I'll have a play.

  24. bumbly

    bumbly Section Hiker

    I have never used compression bags. I use a drybag big enough for my sleeping bag and any clean/sleep clothes and I sit on it as I roll shut. I end up with something flat and packable. I find this makes for a better lower back hugging shape than a hard bullet with dead space around it. If you refold the seal a couple of times as you expel the air you end up with something that looks similar to vacuum packed though obviously with some air still in it.
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  25. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Used to use compression bags, now days i just put all my sleep kit in my Exped Snoozle bag and sit on it.
    Having a waterproof bag with a valve helps.

    I tend to kneed it down with my knuckles as i'm compacting it, once it's roughly the size i want i'll then fasten the clips and sit on it to get a bit of air out.

    As my rucksack is 58L i tend not to worry too much about size.
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