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Johnnytheboy

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10,180 posts

70 months

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Tuesday 4th September 2012 quote quote all
I try to go 'proper' camping (i.e. set off with a rucksack, walk for a day, camp somehwere, then walk back) once a year.

Left it a bit late this year and looks like I'll do it end of Sept/early Oct, by which time it could be just above freezing at night!

I'm a bit anal about pack weight so I have a (cheap) lightweight sleeping bag that generally suffices - but warm it aint.

Any recommendations for a sufficiently warm but light (<2kg) sleeping bag?

Happy to spend a reasonable amount to get quality.

pacman1

7,235 posts

77 months

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Tuesday 4th September 2012 quote quote all
Have a look at Attwools, some good stuff there, maybe you can find something suitable. Just bought a Coleman Hampton Double for a good price, excellent service/del too. smile

Johnnytheboy

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10,180 posts

70 months

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Tuesday 4th September 2012 quote quote all
Thanks, will give them a look.

Genoa

10,532 posts

44 months

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Tuesday 4th September 2012 quote quote all
Echo 250 Mummy Sleeping Bag good all year round sleeping bag i use mine in the summer and winter £30

volks al

4,053 posts

98 months

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Friday 7th September 2012 quote quote all
A lamina welded seems mountain hard wear bag are super for size vs weight.
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Johnnytheboy

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10,180 posts

70 months

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Thursday 13th September 2012 quote quote all
Did some research & bought one of these...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gelert-Treme-Lite-1200-Sle...

Will report back after testing.

StuartGGray

6,948 posts

112 months

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Thursday 13th September 2012 quote quote all
My Blacks of Greenock Icelandic sleeping bag is very light and small. Not waterproof but filled with real down and still as warm as toast. It is 40 odd years old, I don't know if it's still made.

Mave

2,813 posts

99 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
How much do you want to pay? I bought a mountain equipment classic 750 about 4 years ago, its under 2kg but has kept me warm when its been about -20C out and my balaclava was freezing over my mouth!

tenohfive

4,511 posts

66 months

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Friday 12th October 2012 quote quote all
I have to admit that whilst I've gone with budget sleeping kit in the past (Gelert/Vango etc) I'm being swayed towards spending the money on the proper kit. I've personally got my eye on the Alpkit Pipedream 600 as whilst I'd not heard of them they're really highly regarded by some walking/camping forums I go on. Eye watering price for a sleeping bag but with some things you do get what you pay for.

Weights 950 grammes, good to -10 (subjective I know but I've heard good things about it's warmth) but costs £170.
http://www.alpkit.com/shop/cart.php?target=product...

Edited by tenohfive on Friday 12th October 10:03

AlfaPapa

119 posts

44 months

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Friday 12th October 2012 quote quote all
Another recommendation for Alpkit.

There's a good comparison page on their website which just lists specifications and prices of bags available:
http://www.alpkit.com/sleeping-bags/compare

I replaced my ten year old £120 thermarest earlier this year with a £30 alpkit base, the service was faultless and the mat is better than the thermarest. When I am due to replace my sleeping bag it'll be a Pipedream 600.


geordieracer

1,277 posts

89 months

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Friday 12th October 2012 quote quote all
The alpkit pipe dream is a great bag. So good we've bought 5 for work...

abbotsmike

901 posts

29 months

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Wednesday 17th October 2012 quote quote all
A mate of mine has just bought one of the Pipedreams. Not sure which but he loves it, and it packs down really tiny for its unpacked size!

Fort Jefferson

7,570 posts

106 months

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Sunday 28th October 2012 quote quote all
Johnnytheboy said:
Did some research & bought one of these...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gelert-Treme-Lite-1200-Sle...

Will report back after testing.
Me too, not used it yet though.

Johnnytheboy

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10,180 posts

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Sunday 28th October 2012 quote quote all
It was fine for what I needed - must've got down to ~8 deg C the night I was out and I was plenty warm enough.

Also - importantly - while it was quite bulky it is a nice light bag, weighed in at 1.2kg on the scales.

The only thing I'd say is it didn't have quite as much of an enclosing hood as I'm used to, though I'm not sure I was utilising the drawstring fully.

Writing this reminds me of just how much it chucked it down the second day of that trip - about 15 Sept, that weekend when Saturday was glorious and Sunday was constant rain - and I walked nine miles in it.
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