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Old 01-19-2011, 08:37 PM
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dsuursoo dsuursoo is offline
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Originally Posted by HighMiler
Still using my old 4-pound Bugaboo down-filled bag in my 1-pound North Face bivy sack. Both were new in '72 -- bag was rated then for below zero fahrenheit. Laid on the floor, it still lofts about 11". I have yet to experience being cold in this combo -- it kept me warm in an ice cave up high for a number of days and nights. Worth the weight.
I use it as a quilt mainly, but when I do zip in, I fluff all the down to the topside. I can do that because I had it made with no baffle along the side. I sleep mainly in micro-fleece long johns, long-sleeved top, & balaclava -- used to use a beanie, but they started popping off my fat head.

what sort of pad are you using in this instance, when you've fluffed it all to the top?

i've discovered my APS desert pine to be a pretty solid bag down into the 20s, though it starts to feel cool in the mid-30s. a light baselayer/or my liner brings it back to toasty, a medium baselayer will take me down into the teens without noticing. a medium layer + liner is so far a match for anything i've met and then some.

just in case that's not enough i've got a mylar-lined mini-tarp that i can throw over me and the bag.

pretty impressive for a 3-pound synthetic filled bag.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:28 PM
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I have a Lucid Moonstone 800 down bag that's rated to 20ºF that has taken me much colder without any problems whatsoever. It has a full zip so it can become a quilt. It only weighs 2 lb. , however, it is overkill for summer. I bought a GoLite bag rated to 40ºF for warmer temps but didn't like the partial zipper--it felt too claustrophobic. It became my grandson't bag and he's used it in 17ºF several times. It's quite large for him and the extra just becomes more covers when it's cold.

I then bought a GoLite Z-30 bag, rated to 30ºF. It weighs a pound and a half and has almost a full zipper. By adding layers to my clothing, I've slept in it down to 17ºF a few times and never got cold from the bag. I did get cold when I didn't have enough insulation under me but fixed that by changing to my NeoAir pad (I was experimenting with a Big Agnes Insulated Air Core that night).

I also tried using a space blanket over my sleeping bag for more warmth but ended up with too much condensation from it.
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Old 08-27-2015, 06:18 PM
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Columbia Moonstone 800 Omniheat 15 down bag weighs just over 2#. I was using a TNF Orion 23 Primaloft Bag at 2.5#.
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