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Best Lightweight sleeping bag/ good quality.

Postby jack1 » 29 Nov 2017, 5:57pm

Hi,looking for best (Lightweight) Sleeping Bag) going France/Spain. May1st-June27th ???? Thanks.

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Re: Best Lightweight sleeping bag/ good quality.

Postby andrew_s » 29 Nov 2017, 9:16pm

PHD Minim 300
https://www.phdesigns.co.uk/minim-300-d ... ing-bag-m1

I'd pay the £41 extra for a full length zip, for added versatility when it's warm

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Postby pjclinch » 30 Nov 2017, 9:11am

Assuming you're not a vegan or allergic to down, down probably best option for light weight and low bulk. The PHD Andrew pointed out is at the premium end of the market (as you can see by the price), but you'll get a significant percentage of "as good" for considerably less, especially if you look second hand too. A lot of that will depend on how much of an issue money is.

As long as it's looked after, a down bag can/should last for decades so second hand is, if you can find the right thing, sometimes well worth going for.

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Postby bikepacker » 30 Nov 2017, 11:07am

Best of the lightweight range I have ever tried is by far the Yeti. Small packsize, well made and warmth to weight extremely high.

https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk ... -bag-p3080
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Re: Best Lightweight sleeping bag/ good quality.

Postby PH » 30 Nov 2017, 11:17am

jack1 wrote:Hi,looking for best (Lightweight) Sleeping Bag) going France/Spain. May1st-June27th ???? Thanks.

Is it just for the one trip? If so you can hire a top quality one for around £50. If it's going to get further use, you should choose with that in mind.
If you're looking for good value decent kit, Alpkit have a good reputation for most things other than stock levels, though they are apparently getting better at that.

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Postby bikepacker » 30 Nov 2017, 1:42pm

Going by my own personal experience rather than the say so of others, I think Alpkit was one of the poorest sleeping bags I have used. Not very well made and lots of cold spots.
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Re: Best Lightweight sleeping bag/ good quality.

Postby PH » 30 Nov 2017, 2:59pm

bikepacker wrote:Going by my own personal experience rather than the say so of others, I think Alpkit was one of the poorest sleeping bags I have used. Not very well made and lots of cold spots.

Which one, there's about 20 in the range?
Mine, no longer made so no point in a personal recommendation, was fine, though I decided mummy sleeping bags weren't for me.
I don't have your vast experience of camping kit, it usually take me a couple of attempts to work out what suites me and when I have buy something that lasts decades.

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Postby andrew_s » 30 Nov 2017, 3:16pm

pjclinch wrote:The PHD Andrew pointed out is at the premium end of the market

That's what an unqualified request for "best" gets you, in most things. :)
It's on their Winter Sale at present too (you'd normally have to pick 200 or 400, or go for the custom option).

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Postby bikepacker » 30 Nov 2017, 4:25pm

andrew_s wrote:That's what an unqualified request for "best" gets you, in most things. :)


‘Best’ was what I took from the OP question and answered with the best one I have ever used. Hence the Yeti recommendation.
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Re: Best Lightweight sleeping bag/ good quality.

Postby andrew_s » 30 Nov 2017, 4:57pm

Me too, hence the PHD.

However, I'm not sure your linked Yeti would necessarily be suitable for the stated parameters - i.e. early May onwards. The blurb says the lower comfort limit is 12°C, and it's quite possible that temperatures could be lower than that if the weather isn't cooperative early on, or at higher altitude in the Pyrenees. Jack1 could also sleep cold.

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Re: Best Lightweight sleeping bag/ good quality.

Postby bikepacker » 30 Nov 2017, 5:43pm

I used the Yeti for two weeks in Scotland at the end of October last year and never felt cold. For me the main draw back was the slimmer size and mummy shape. Normally if I am going to very cold conditions I still like my old Rolling Clouds down bag. Suits me but wouldn't fit into the 'best' category.
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Re: Best Lightweight sleeping bag/ good quality.

Postby Ivor Tingting » 1 Dec 2017, 3:18am

jack1 wrote:Hi,looking for best (Lightweight) Sleeping Bag) going France/Spain. May1st-June27th ???? Thanks.


No limit on cost?

A little more information i.e. terrain you will be using it in and ALTITUDE at which you will be sleeping, would be desirable.

I just realised you are the same chap who asked about 1 man tents that could house a bicycle :lol:

I suppose your bike could be Brompton, but some how I doubt it.
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Re: Best Lightweight sleeping bag/ good quality.

Postby simonhill » 1 Dec 2017, 4:13am

Well done Ivor.

You highlight one of my biggest bugbears on this forum. People answer the question, without really knowing the question.

Spain and France are big countries with very varied climatic conditions. I have cycled over the Pyrenees in snow in May, while I guess that people were in shorts and tee shirts on the Costas.

I would advocate that the first responder just asks a few questions to fill in the gaps. This allows the OP to provide all information necessary before answers are given. It also shows that the OP is actively engaged and keen to get an appropriate answer.

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Re: Best Lightweight sleeping bag/ good quality.

Postby crazydave789 » 4 Dec 2017, 7:02am

I'd stay away from down for summer use unless as mentioned it's cold otherwise they stink up pretty quickly, weight saving over practicality is less with 2 season bags.

if you are starting out then a combination of a 1-2 and a 2-3 season bag setup will give you full flexibility. the US miitary works that way now. it also means you can split the bags in your luggage.

the karrimor Global Traveller 1100 is a pretty good 2-3 season bag I was fine in a UK september in it, dries quick and packs reasonable small.

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Re: Best Lightweight sleeping bag/ good quality.

Postby pjclinch » 5 Dec 2017, 10:23am

crazydave789 wrote:I'd stay away from down for summer use unless as mentioned it's cold otherwise they stink up pretty quickly


They do? The main reason I like a liner in a down bag is to keep it clean. I'm more interested in that in summer as I'm more likely to be sweaty (or if it's sea paddling, encrusted in salt and sun cream), but as long as you use a liner and keep that clean I don't see why this should be much of an issue.

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