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Sleeping Bag #6392153
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What do you use and like for a 32 degree sleeping bag for wilderness camping. It will be used for hike in only trips. I would like it to be light and small enough to fit into a pack easily and not break the bank. Thanks!

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Western mountaineering ultralight.

But it is not cheap...


Warm, light, cheap. Pick two.




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For that I would definitely buy a bag rated to Zero ...believe me it will make or break your trips!


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Even for summer time? It will not be in the mountains.

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No one ever felt an extra two ounces of down in their pack. They have wanted for it at two am however. Can always zip it open a bit. If only ever doing summer trips, going a bit lighter is fine I guess. I just recall being cold as being an issue. Being too cold sucks. I sleep cold also, so that might sway my opinion on this. I also have six or seven bags including a wiggys, a -18 down bag made by thermarest, a marmot trestles, a Chinook -40...and if it was just summer I would bring my Western mountaineering ul and a bug net and tarp.

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Sleeping bag rating temps are a guideline, you can use it down to that temp but it is not going to be the most comfortable. The test subjects normally wear a good base layer and a stocking cap. When I was camping in zero degrees (0) temps I went with a negative forty (-40). It makes for a long night when you are not comfortable and I also recommend a good insulated pad also.
For (32) degrees I would go with a (0) degree bag. Better to unzip then not have enough.


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Re: Sleeping Bag [Re: Hutchy] #6392189
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Originally Posted by Hutchy
No one ever felt an extra two ounces of down in their pack. They have wanted for it at two am however. Can always zip it open a bit. If only ever doing summer trips, going a bit lighter is fine I guess. I just recall being cold as being an issue. Being too cold sucks. I sleep cold also, so that might sway my opinion on this. I also have six or seven bags including a wiggys, a -18 down bag made by thermarest, a marmot trestles, a Chinook -40...and if it was just summer I would bring my Western mountaineering ul and a bug net and tarp.



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Re: Sleeping Bag [Re: bfisch] #6392197
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I understand I took my -40 out in moose season when it was 30 above and unzipped, but in the summer Late June through August the temp can be 75 all day and all night. I just figured a 32 would be fine even if it got down to 40.

So how about some recommendations for under $200. I looked at the Western mountaineering ultralight and it is quite pricey when you are buying 5 of them.

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If your are broad at the shoulders, make sure it has enough room to allow you to turn over inside the bag.

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Heck if you're talking summer you might just get by with a tarp laugh but any cheap Coleman bag should be adequate especially if you have a wall tent or similar.


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Originally Posted by bfisch

So how about some recommendations for under $200. I looked at the Western mountaineering ultralight and it is quite pricey when you are buying 5 of them.


I was loyal to "Mountain Hardware" brand, never had any zipper failure issues or other problems.


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Originally Posted by bfisch
I understand I took my -40 out in moose season when it was 30 above and unzipped, but in the summer Late June through August the temp can be 75 all day and all night. I just figured a 32 would be fine even if it got down to 40.

So how about some recommendations for under $200. I looked at the Western mountaineering ultralight and it is quite pricey when you are buying 5 of them.


I'm gonna guess that some of these are kids.

The old GI mummy bag is cheap and adequate at those temperatures. I have a couple of them in my emergency gear in the cache at the trapline


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Yes, 3 sub adults

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There ya go. Those old GI mummies will be fine. Throw a tarp over all of them if it gets frosty


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Originally Posted by white17
There ya go. Those old GI mummies will be fine. Throw a tarp over all of them if it gets frosty


Those are the best all around down sleeping bag ever.


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Re: Sleeping Bag [Re: bfisch] #6392291
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Where do you buy them?

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You cannot go wrong with a wiggys bag. They are a synthetic and may be a bit heavy but are very well built and made here is the USA.

The insulation they are made from(lamalite) is the only insulation that can be compressed for a long period and still retain its insulative properties. The military uses them in ejection seat survival kits....they vacuum pack em down to tiny.

The outer bag is rated for 40 and you can buy other bags that will zip into it and get down to -60. Hands down the best bag's I own and I own quite a few. I have an outer bag that is a bit small for me that I would sell, pm me if your interested.

Most of the models are under $200 on his web site, the exception would be the -40 bags. The ultra light is for 20 and would be a very good choice for you, imo….if you folks can handle the bulk and weight of a non down bag. The thing with down is that if it gets wet your screwed. The lamalite works well even if it is wet and it will actually wick your body generated moisture thru it. I know guys that have been soaked and stripped down to base layers, crawled in and woke up with their base layers dry.

The wiggys come in a few different sizes and are roomier than most down bags.

Check out his site: Wiggys

I also have a few very good condition used down bags that I would sell.


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Originally Posted by bfisch
Where do you buy them?



The last time I bought one was at The Second Chance in ANC........ right at the curve on Spenard. Don't know if they are still there or not


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I picked up a vintage Woods Arctic brand in great shape. This thing is warm and heavy. Put in the back of a truck for added traction weight. Backpack it in for CrossFit training. Fits a male and female in perfectly. Not for sale

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