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nightup2222

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Posted: 06/05/14 08:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am searching for a first time sleeping bags. Today Rei have a deal of "REI Siesta +30/+40 Sleeping Bag" (4 lbs. 3 oz) for 44 $. On other side, "Everest Mummy +5F/-15C Degree " (weight 3.5 pound) is there for 23 $ only. Can Everest give comfortable night in around 40 F night ? It is lighter and with better temprature specifications and also on less price, then Rei. Whereas on other side, Rei is better brand. I am not a frequent camper and will not do camping in winter or very cold months. Along with this, I am on budget side, thats why I was comparing these two sleeping bags. Most of the time, I will do car camping only.
What is suggested ?

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Personally, I'd go with the Everest Mummy, unless you don't like being bound up like that!


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Look at the zippers get the better one

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Everest bag has zips. Are you talking about the same ? Or may be I am not understanding you correctly.

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Try it on for size and comfort. Check zippers as suggested also see if it can be zipped together with another.

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For a first time bag, get a synthetic filler. They will not be permanently damaged if they accidentally get wet like a down bag, and they are not as easily damaged by leaving them compressed while in storage.

A 20 degree bag is a good choice. If you camp in colder weather, just add a sleeping bag liner. That will improve the rating on a bag by around 15 degrees (but adds weight, a concern if you are backpacking). As a rule of thumb, when a bag is rated at a certain temperature, most people will be comfortable in weather about 15 degrees warmer than the rating. For example, if a bag is rated at 20 degrees, it's good for most folks down to around 35 degrees.

Better bags have a "draft tube" to cover the zipper seam to keep cold air out.

Square cut or mummy? - personal choice. Consider weight, size and comfort.

Any bag will compress and loose it's temperature rating if it is stored improperly - always fluff them out when you get home and store them uncompressed. Under the bed is a good place.

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Thanks for all great suggestions. Is any bag, which I mentioned woth a look? May be somebody might have tested/used them.
Yes, one concern I would definitely check about mummy bag. Will my feet remain too close while sleeping ? May be a bit uncomfortable if I like to stretch my legs.

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nightup2222 wrote:

Yes, one concern I would definitely check about mummy bag. Will my feet remain too close while sleeping ? May be a bit uncomfortable if I like to stretch my legs

You can stretch your legs out, but you're right, you can't separate them in a mummy bag. If that bothers you, I'd stay away from a mummy.

I have a "modified mummy" which isn't quite as confining as a full mummy. It also has a feature called "crazy legs" which is an elastic mid-section that allows me to pull my knees up a little. Most bags don't have that, and I haven't seen that feature in the past few years for some reason.

Unless you are backpacking and are concerned about weight, you would probably be better with a standard square cut bag.

I don't have either of the bags you mentioned, but REI makes, and carries, some good products. Don't try to save too much money on a sleeping bag - while you don't need a real expensive one for a first bag, you should probably spend at least $60 - $75. A decent 20 degree synthetic bag will be more like $80 minimum. If you are buying from an REI store, ask the salesman for a recommendation, but find a salesman that knows bags.

The price on that Everest bag is awfully good ($23?) if it is really a 5 degree bag... double check that.

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Yes, it is 23 $ only. Here is the bag. Hopefully I am looking at correct and good item, am I ?
By looks, it really seems like a mummy :-) I hope, it will not be too squeezed. Specification says "84.0 x 33.0 x 24.0" and shipping weight is 4.65 pounds.

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Twenty-five years ago we bought a great sleeping bag. Turned out it was too hot for the over 45 degree nights we usually slept in. Then we bought one from K-mart. It was just right for most of our camping. If it is going to be cold we have a lightweight blanket we throw on top of it. If it is really hot we use it on top of the liner sheets and do not use either bag.
We still take the good bags for back-packing and usually leave them unzipped.
Make a lining with sheets for your bag and they will last for years.

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