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Subject Topic: sleeping bag for winter camping
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Message posted by reuben on 28/11/2013 at 11:25am
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Can recommend the Mountain Equipment Titan 850. Just back from trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal. Below freezing most nights with the lowest temp at -24C at 3500mtrs. Brilliant bag only slept in a set of light thrmals & socks & was as warm as a warm thing!! Picked the bag up new for 180 - great buy!!!!

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Message posted by boggis on 24/12/2013 at 8:30pm
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i can recomend two - my bag, a Rab Ladahk 1100 thats comfort rated down to about -25c or so, and the Alpkit bags.

truth is, the Alpkit bags are just as good as a 300 Rab bag at only half the price. they don't seem to be selling them at the moment, but its worth contacting them to see when they'll be in stock.

a down bag will be warmer and pack up smaller than a synthetic bag, but more expensive, and will react very badly to getting damp.

easy things you can do to uprate any sleeping bag are to use a liner, use a bivvy bag, have a decent hot meal before you go to bed, wear socks/baselayers, and put as much insulation as possible between the sleeping bag and the floor - mats, rucksacs, newspapers, cardboard etc..

the Snugpak bags are very well made (i've got a 20yo sofie hawk..) and are at the top end of the synthetic range. if Alpkit aren't selling, and you've not got 300 burning a hole in your pocket, i'd go for one of them.

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I remember being in the cairngorms mid winter in a greenfields foil lined bag that was thinner than a primark jacket. I was warm enough thanks to my karrimat. Changed to a 4 season quallofill after that. Thing is I was fit and dry. I was also carrying everything on my back, no EHU and pitched on snow. Most campers here will be on a low level site. They will be able to pack a car with tons of insulating stuff. They don't need mountaineering gear and there is no use with a four or five season bag if you are sleeping on an airbed. You need a good bag with a good mat.

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