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Message posted by Force 10 on 27/10/2013 at 10:26pm
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hi all now my son has grown up enough for me to have a little spare time im thinking about winter camping.i have camped for years but only thru summer months,time for a bit of cold weather camping to try it out.i have a vango force ten and all of my other equipment but i need a warmer sleeping bag as mine is for warmer months,what is the best one to get for our uk winters that il be nice and warm in.many thanks

Message posted by heather + phil on 28/10/2013 at 5:03pm
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It's like most things, Force 10, you get what you pay for. Down is warmer than synthetic for the weight and bulk, although they both have pros and cons. I would suggest that you read up on bags on as many forums as you can, then decide what's best for you. Sorry that I can't be more specific...........

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Message posted by armchaircamper on 28/10/2013 at 9:31pm
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I have one of these. Cosy, cosy! It has an extra panel which allows you to expand it to a larger bag in warmer weather. Comfort rating of minus 15 but everyone's different. It keeps me warm to 3 degrees then I have to put an extra layer over the top. That's just me though as I sleep cold.

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Another thumbs up for Snugpak here . We have 4 Snugpak Chrysalis winter sleeping bags

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If I remember correctly, the Chrysalis had identical specifications to the Softie Elite but came in prettier colours with a higher price tag.

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We bought 4 for at a brilliant price 75 each ! That's why we bought 4 . They changed the colours just after so end of line etc and your right Armchair there the same bag as the Elite

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Snugpak here as well for the winter backpacking..

Heard and read so much about these bags I had to have one...Found mine in a wee shop in Glasgow,,,Was having a wee browse through all the expensive ones and was thinking..."Not this month" as the finances had taken a battering and was about to leave the shop when the owner had a word...Explained to him that I was after a four season bag that would be relatively light and pack small but hadn't seen one that fitted the bill...

He came through from the back shop with a Snugpak Sleeper Lite rated comfy at minus 7....RRP 27:95...Last one he says...I'll let you have it for 15....

Tried it once in reasonable conditions...and was as snug as a bug....Well pleased so far though I have yet to try it under freezing....

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I've got a Snugpak Chrysalis 4 as well (and a HiGear fleece liner). Off to a Scout camp in mid-November and sleeping in my Force 10 Mk3 so I'll let you know if I was warm enough :)

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Alpkit and RAB bags are good. You do get what you pay for. We have down bags, but only because of small pack size when we cycle camp.

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Hi Force 10, you don't say where you live - but if you are close to J28 of the M1 go to the Rab Sale next month - see my posting on the site entitled RAB SALE, well worth a visit for a sleeping bag also down & synthetic jackets, they are open to the public on Wednesday & Thursdays every week - check their website - Equip leisure

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I treated myself to a Rab Ascent 700 down bag a year ago and absolutely love it, me and my lad where camped on the banks of Loch Lomond at Easter this year, it was minus 5 outside and I was toasty even wearing next to nothing in my bag.

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my bag is only a cheap one but if im cold i slide it into my ex army bivi bag,its amazing how much heat it traps in.

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Quote: Originally posted by Frog on 15/11/2013
I treated myself to a Rab Ascent 700 down bag a year ago and absolutely love it, me and my lad where camped on the banks of Loch Lomond at Easter this year, it was minus 5 outside and I was toasty even wearing next to nothing in my bag.



Good call on the Rab Ascent bags, excellent quality down and great value for what you get

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Quote: Originally posted by pwatson on 29/10/2013
I've got a Snugpak Chrysalis 4 as well (and a HiGear fleece liner). Off to a Scout camp in mid-November and sleeping in my Force 10 Mk3 so I'll let you know if I was warm enough :)



Fairly cold outside on the Friday night and a heavy frost on the tent on Saturday morning - Nice and warm in my sleeping bag :)


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But how did you feel when you finally got up and had to face a cold morning and frozen washing up liquid?

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I use the vango nitestar 450, which I've used in a tent at -11c. I did keep my base layer on but didn't bother with a hat, so I wasn't as warm as I could have been. I don't suppose the wine helped a great deal .

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