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advice on sleeping bag please.

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by jags, 13 Jun 2008.

  1. jags

    jags Über Member

    what sleeping bag would you folk recommend for this time off the year ,i just need one to get me bye until i can afford to buy a really good one.
     
  2. campagman

    campagman Über Member

    Location:
    at home
    Where are you going, what will the temperature be?
     
  3. sheddy

    sheddy Veteran

    Location:
    Suffolk
    Argos or charidee shop in conjunction with a new liner
     
  4. OP
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    jags

    jags Über Member

    sorry im staying in ireland ,i have a good mat in the exped down mat i cant afford to spend a lot of money at the moment i have my eye on the stormlite rolling clouds 750 and 500 but down bags but not just yet.
     
  5. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Decathlon have some reasonable cheap end bags...assuming you arnt BIG like I am you should even find one to fit.
     
  6. OP
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    jags

    jags Über Member

    nah im only a little fellea,so any particular make i should look for .
     
  7. JackE

    JackE Über Member

    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    sleeping bags

    Try: www.alpkit.com. They have excellent quality down bags at very good prices. I've just bought their Pipedream 400 for £110 (weight 780 gms) and it's the best/lightest bag I've owned in over 30 years of backpacking and cycle camping. They sell "cheaper" down bags which are a bit heavier.
    Don't buy a cheapie bag even as a stop gap. Better to invest in a decent one from the outset. A good down bag should last you 15-20 years.
     
  8. OP
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    jags

    jags Über Member

    thanks jacke great advice i think you could be right i hate buying stuff that dosen't preform as it should get what you pay for ,would the pipedream 400 hold up against the stormlite750 its 20 pounds cheaper thanks.
     
  9. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    I had this (until it was nicked) and would thoroughly recommend it:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/030357-Ajun...sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=sports&qid=1213541108&sr=1-3

    i used it with the Exped 7 down mat.
     
  10. JackE

    JackE Über Member

    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    sleeping bags

    In my current Field and Trek catalogue the Rolling Clouds 750 is £120 and weighs 1567 gms (twice the weight of the Pipedream). As they both go "down" to -3 deg C, it's an easy decision!!! . Also, the packed size of the Pipedream is really small, which is a very important factor for me.
    It's the quality of the down and the lightness of the fabric that Alpkit uses which makes the difference in weight and bulk.
     
  11. OP
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    jags

    jags Über Member

    thanks for that jacke that will do for me ,now to get the funds.
     
  12. Stick on a Giant

    Stick on a Giant New Member

    Jags, also consider the Cumulus Quantum 350, for £140 - I've just used mine in Brittany and it was fine - not sure I'd want to go down to -3 with it, but I did realise the importance of pulling up the drawstring to keep out the drafts.
     
  13. OP
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    jags

    jags Über Member

    thanks but 140 is way out of my price range i can just about spend 100
     
  14. JackE

    JackE Über Member

    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    sleeping bags

    I tried the Cumulus Quantum 350 but found it a bit too tight around my shoulders. I'm not exactly built like a prop forward but was worried about the zip's life-span. IMO it's a superb bag if you're "slender". Alpkit have recently increased the width of their Pipedream bags by a few inches and it makes a big difference in comfort to us "bigger blokes".
     
  15. OP
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    jags

    jags Über Member

    so is there a specific size i should get ,me been several inches short of six foot ,well better than saying 5 foot 6.