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    Cool Question for campers

    My last two camping trips this year have been cold. My bag which clames is good to -10 is a joke. and is very bulky to back. What are you using. I am looking for warmth and small when rolled up. does one exit? Thanks in advance.
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    When you say bulky, I take it you're not using a down bag which packs into a small bag.
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    and if you are cold with a -10 degree bag

    you are either not using the right insulation underneath you, the bag is so old that the insulation properties have given up the ghost, or BOTH!.
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    I have a custom-made down bag from "Feathered Friends" here in Seattle. The base model is called a "Raven", and it's rated to +10 degrees F.

    It is an honest rating, because I've used it at the 12,500' level on Mt. Rainier with temps in the teens and I was cozy as could be.

    Because I live in the Pacific NorthWET, I had my bag constructed with a Gore-Tex-like outer shell, as down doesn't work at all when it's wet. Because I am a big guy, I had my bag built larger than usual to accommodate my broad shoulders. I'm all about efficient heating and keeping weight to a minimum with a mummy bag, but I'm not into claustrophobia from a bag that's too tight and constricting.

    It also cost $400 when I bought mine, and I see the bag with the water-resistant cover now goes for $549. If you insist on Wal-Mart bags and/or Wal-Mart prices, you'll get what you pay for. I know my sleeping bag will last me for the rest of my adventuring days. When the $400 is amortized over all the nights I spend in it, I'm down to pennies per night.

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    feather

    +1 for feather. Mine is OLD but packs into a tiny roll compared to my wife's new polyfill bag. While I don't do a lot of camping, when it comes to warm, can't beat down.

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    Western Mountaineering

    I have a Western Mountaineering bag that I have been using for years, it's the
    best. They aren't cheap, but they are the best quality and pack up very small with a waterproof compression sack. Here is their website:

    http://www.westernmountaineering.com/

    Good luck with your search.

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    Compression stuff sacks

    I forgot to mention that transporting bags in compression stuff sacks shrinks them down to the smallest possible size.

    I buy my "Granite Gear" compression stuff sacks through REI, but you can find them at Aerostich, Touratech, and other m/c gear retailers as well.

    I can crank my +10 degree down bag, including my "Therm-a-rest" camp pillow, into a bag that ends up being about the size of a football when all the straps are tightened. Nothing - NOTHING - is more compressible than down - and nothing - NOTHING - provides more warmth per ounce than down.
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    Thanks for all of the replies. I do use an Ultralite cot, so maybe I
    need a pad on top of that. The bag was from walmart, strike two. I will check out westernmountaineering and REI. The down sounds interesting. Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by r11rs94 View Post
    My last two camping trips this year have been cold. My bag which clames is good to -10 is a joke. and is very bulky to back. What are you using. I am looking for warmth and small when rolled up. does one exit? Thanks in advance.
    What are you sleeping ON? If you use a standard air mattress or a cot, that is probaly the problem. Your bdy loses heat to that air cavity under you. A closed cell foam mattress (like Thermarest, etc.) won't draw your body heat away.

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    Cold Air Mattress - Cot

    Part of the reason I started sleeping on a cot was I felt that the coolness of the ground seemed to be coming right up through the air mattress to me. I started sleeping on a cot about 8 years ago and have found it makes a huge difference. The challenge was finding a cot that was comfortable as well as packing small/light and easy to assemble/disassemble. The Luxury Lite cot is the best so far, sure it seems expensive, but it really is comfortable and really works as advertised.

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    Paul and I loved Hot Hands, chemical packets that add heat when we camped last night at the RA Rally in Copper Mountain, CO. 33 degrees is cold without them.

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    Roy - we should of talked at Pemi - Roy B & I have / uses down air mattresses by Exped. And I also uses their Waterbloc 600 down bag - I can uses in rain outside the tent as well http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKaM3zGqRsk
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    Quote Originally Posted by 119240 View Post
    Roy - we should of talked at Pemi - Roy B & I have / uses down air mattresses by Exped. And I also uses their Waterbloc 600 down bag - I can uses in rain outside the tent as well http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKaM3zGqRsk
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    Very nice, but way to much overkill for the amount of camping that I do. I'm looking at the Big Angus Encampment 15 degree which looks to fill all of my camping needs. See you at Damm Yankee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by r11rs94 View Post
    Very nice, but way to much overkill for the amount of camping that I do. I'm looking at the Big Angus Encampment 15 degree which looks to fill all of my camping needs. See you at Damm Yankee.
    I've had my BA Encampmet 15 for a couple years now and love it. I camp mostly in the midwest and the lowest temps I've used it were in the upper thirties. I've always been very comfortable.

    I don't think keeping warm is going to be a major concern in Sedalia though. ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    Paul and I loved Hot Hands, chemical packets that add heat when we camped last night at the RA Rally in Copper Mountain, CO. 33 degrees is cold without them.
    Be careful of those things. Keep your face out out of the bag and in the fresh air. Some types can poison you.
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