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Old 06-24-2014, 12:31 PM
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Small and inexpensive sleeping bag

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a sleeping bag that is inexpensive yet small enough to fit in an osprey kestrel 48. All the bags that are under or around $100 tend to be really big and they don't fit in the compartment of my kestrel pack. I was wondering if anyone could help me out.

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Old 06-24-2014, 12:55 PM
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Temp rating would be helpful. But in the interest of throwing some options out there:

Suisse Sport Brand is an inexpensive, very compact sleeping bag. Packs down to about the size of a football in diameter and length. I have one, but I've never used it so can't comment on quality. About $50.

Another super compact option would be Snugpak. $60-$150

And Walmart has a sleeping bag (down) that packs down super small (football sized) and claims to have a 30 degree rating (although based on the lack of loft I think that's probably optimistic). About $50.
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:34 PM
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To date, nothing synthetic beats down for weight to warmth and compressibility.
Down is also way more expensive in comparison to synthetics.
But, compared to goose down, duck down is much cheaper and almost equal in price to quality synthetic bags.
Recently, I managed to pick up an Ozark Trail duck down bag on seasonal clearance for $65.
That bag in a modified stuff sack weighs in at 1 lb - 10 oz.
You can read my product review on that bag here on PBF.
Walmart also is selling a cool weather 40 degree Ozark Trail synthetic mummy for $40.
That bag in the stuff sack weighs about 2 lbs.
Both the down and synthetic bags come with a compression sack and pack to the size of a 2 liter bottle or less.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:17 AM
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You might also check REI's (and other online sellers) "deals" section. They have several down bags for around $100 on closeout.

I've comfortably stuffed a Sierra Designs Ridge Runner +15 bag (as an example) in my Kestral 48. Fits fine with plenty of room for the rest of my gear. Lately, I've been using a REI Halo +40 that I got on closeout last year for $99. I sometimes stuff that into my 30 liter day pack, with room for a tent, down sweater, rain jacket, food and a 2 liter water bladder.

Shouldn't be a problem to find an affordable down bag (especially on closeout) that will fit nicely in your pack.

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Old 07-02-2014, 08:32 PM
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+1 on the Suisse budget bags. I have used one for my summer bag for a about five years now. They usually have a warmer temperature rating, mine is 40 degrees I think. But it weighs in at 3 lbs with the stuff sack and is about the size of a honeydew melon (quite small), and was a very good deal when I was a poor student.
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:32 AM
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You might also look at the Slumberjack bags. I have a Super Guide rated at 32 degrees that is well made and comfortable, though it's my warm weather bag so probably the lowest I ever had it was 40 degrees. This is about 7" dia. x 15" or so loosely compressed.
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Old 08-10-2014, 12:42 PM
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Thus far, I've been pretty happy with the Campmor down sleeping bags. I actually like it a little better than my Snugpak for some cases. Snugpak is a little more compressible. The Campmor came with a nice long-term storage bag.
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:54 PM
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A friend of mine has the $40 Ozark Trail 40 degree bag from wacky-mart. He uses it when it doesn't get below ~60. Otherwise his feet get cold. I tried it once to see if I felt it was worth the money, and my feet also got chilled that night, which was ~60-65. I was able to sleep fine, but not completely comfortably. You'll at least need to wear thick socks and plan on sleeping in a lot of clothes to get anywhere near the temp rating. I would say that bag is quite optimistic and not really a value. At the temps that it works for, there are better options for the price. I think a blanket that weighs a couple pounds would likely keep you as warm, be more versatile, and certainly cost less. You could even get one of those down "throw" things for under $40 that would be warmer than that bag and would barely be bigger when rolled up.
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