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Old 06-09-2014, 05:48 AM
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JohnHenry JohnHenry is offline
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High quality bags for zipping together for couples

I've read through a lot of threads for this topic, and found that if you choose the same zipper length and size, and one is left and one is right, you can combine two bags so that couples can sleep together.

Are there some experiences, good or bad, from those that have done this? How about company or specific bag recommendations? Our intended use is three season, but in Montana, so a 10-25 degree bag is probably in the correct range.

And, what have you found for the sleeping pad that works to keep both comfortable in a combined bag? Do the pads move a lot on you, do you tape them together, etc.? Thanks for any wisdom you can share.
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:49 PM
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dsuursoo dsuursoo is offline
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I've read through a lot of threads for this topic, and found that if you choose the same zipper length and size, and one is left and one is right, you can combine two bags so that couples can sleep together.

Are there some experiences, good or bad, from those that have done this? How about company or specific bag recommendations? Our intended use is three season, but in Montana, so a 10-25 degree bag is probably in the correct range.

And, what have you found for the sleeping pad that works to keep both comfortable in a combined bag? Do the pads move a lot on you, do you tape them together, etc.? Thanks for any wisdom you can share.

REI's men's and women's bags(the store brand) are all designed to zip together. all the bags are cross-compatible, so you can truly custom-fit to your own preferences.
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:28 PM
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FirstRWD FirstRWD is offline
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A friend of mine and his girlfriend have used and liked the Kelty bags that zip together for couples. The particular ones he got were a bit heavy and probably more suited to short hikes rather than lightweight distance backpacking, but they're a solid company and I'd bet their lighter versions would be just as good.
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:17 AM
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OCDave OCDave is offline
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Zipped together always fails me.

Over the past couple decades I have experimented with a few different methods of sharing body heat with my wife. Zipping individual bags together has always felt limiting and never as warm as bags used individually.

We now use down top-quilts with snap-shut foot boxes. Opened up, each quilt provides just less than enough coverage for two but with a bit of overlap the two quilts option has been quite cozy. They are lighter than sleeping bags, versatile and warm.

Good Luck. I look forward to reading what solution works for you.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:07 AM
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Quilts work

As a quilt user as well, I had my two Jacks R Better quits made with full omni-tape. They go together nicely for when my wife and I backpack together.
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