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Old 09-20-2017, 11:53 AM
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Default Please recommend me a good winter sleeping bag

I owe my dog a few camping trips.
Would prefers somewhere along the 395 corridor, up to as high as 10k feet until weather shuts those areas down.
Would be sleeping either in a tent or in my 4Runner.
I saw this bag for about $100... Mountain Hardware Bozeman Torch
Fat middle-aged white guy needs some room so I like its shape.

Opinions or suggestions? I'd probably spend up to $200 for a good bag, preferably on sale.

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Old 09-20-2017, 12:00 PM
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These seem good: https://www.amazon.com/Military-Outd.../dp/B00GCHKW12

Same thing on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/USMC-US-Army...item33d3fb85f5
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Are you planning on backpacking with the bag? If not the zero degree bag by cabelas is huge and warm. I used it last year in Wyoming hunting and at 15-17 degrees nights I sleep like a log.
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Old 09-20-2017, 12:46 PM
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Canada forces sleeping bag system with the silk liner
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Go rectangular. The very small extra weight is worth the comfort. Fall Sierra camping only needs a bag capable of 25 degrees since you will be in a tent. Check out Cabelas and LL Bean for great warranty coverage.
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Coleman big and tall

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00363V3M2...d=W09CZXM2DEVP

~$55 with tax

Sorry, didn't see the 10K altitude. I've never used this sleeping bag up that high. highest elevation i used was only about 2400ft, but with 30-40mph chilling wind, temp @ 22F (don't know what wind chill was but i'm sure it was in the teens)
Also, i used this sleeping bag while fully clothed in hunting clothes. kept me warm.

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The ratings on the bags are typically a joke, but it isn't funny.

If you want a really good bag, go with Stephenson, but it is out of your price range. You can get it custom made/sized and it will keep you warm. It has two tops, which allows you to go down to -70F. Their ratings seem to be accurate.
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IMO a good bag in that temp range is going to run in the $300+ price range.

But it will keep you warm, & that alone is worth the price.
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This

https://enlightenedequipment.com/revelation-apex/

Diy tyvex ground sheet and have a sleep pad.
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Set a tarp up in a Tetra has worked good for me with dogs along

https://youtu.be/L8lw64__n8M
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Are you planning on backpacking with the bag? If not the zero degree bag by cabelas is huge and warm. I used it last year in Wyoming hunting and at 15-17 degrees nights I sleep like a log.
This. I love mine.
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So many rabbit holes......more details could help with a better suggestion
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This video shows how to do the tarp without a pole.

https://youtu.be/IcoCNzDi8nY
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Another vote for the military sleep system here. Best bang for your buck.
Especially if you aren't backpacking.

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I still often backpack solo with a Poncho and a Wobbie
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Of course Wobbie love can go to far

https://youtu.be/bIFEmlhDqdA
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I keep saying I'm going to get one of these

https://youtu.be/KHMMTSY84Yw
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For a day hike or two

M1967 Poncho Carrier
H Harness
Belt
Butt pack

Are hard to beat
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Anyone remember. The words 10k feet. 10k feet is high snowy and cold at night.
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Anyone remember. The words 10k feet. 10k feet is high snowy and cold at night.
That's where the most fun is
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http://www.herooutdoors.com/canadian...g-system-used/ For a 162 usd. And you get 2 bags for summer use
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One of these
https://www.amazon.com/Minus33-Merin.../dp/B00FLRKXYA

Wool t shirt
Wool socks
Wool undies
Wool sweat pants
Good cold weather gloves

Will make things much more comfortable.
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MSS are nice but being a fat guy myself, the MSS is alittle tight. I ended up with a grizzly 0 degree. I bought a tent from them which was awesome, so figured the sleeping bags would be too
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Cabellas are the experts !
I bought my daughter one,it was over 300 and she used it in temps around zero.

Fortunately I had lots of Cabellas points built up by using their Visa card for everyday purchases .
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Many thanks for all the replies and PMs! I will Google the suggested bags and do more homework. May even consider renting one from REI for starters.
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I camp out during fall, winter and spring, and I use a Cabela's Alaskan Guide sleeping pad under a Slumberjack Country Squire rectangular bag. The bag is rated for -20 and has never failed to keep me warm on the coldest nights in the desert. Extra warmth can be provided by a good pillow and a balaclava or watch cap. Many nights I sleep with the bag unzipped and only need to zip it up in case of cold wind. Check it out: https://slumberjack.com/sleeping-bag...ategory_page=1

You won't be comfortable in a cheap bag. I consider this the best bag for vehicle, tent or cabin camping. Spend a little more and sleep warm.
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+1 on the Coleman Big Basin since you are vehicle camping. It's a bit big and heavy for backpacking, but this is a great bag for large bodies and it is a freaking oven inside...the price is right too. You can get it for about $10 cheaper at jet.com too.

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This is a great thread! Please keep 'em coming. Need to replace my sleeping bag too....still using gramp's old sleeping bag made in the 40's....warm but weighs a metric **** ton.
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There is the old Johnny Reb Civil War Trick

Half sitting / half lying down back against a tree. Wrap wool blanket around you. Then wrap gum blanket aka rubber sheet over that. Amazingly warm. In fact you will have to vent it a couple of times a night.
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95 gallon trash bag

https://www.amazon.com/Plasticplace-.../dp/B0036F75I6

Pack 2 one for a tent and one for a sleep bag.

Get inside with a space blanket and toasty.
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The very best in space blankets

http://www.blizzardsurvival.com/arti...sualty-blanket
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I tested these out years ago.

Had a nice write up on Calguns

They last 4 days before sever deteriorating.

http://www.gofastandlight.com/mobile...o/T-S-INSTUBE/
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95 gallon trash bag

https://www.amazon.com/Plasticplace-.../dp/B0036F75I6

Pack 2 one for a tent and one for a sleep bag.

Get inside with a space blanket and toasty.
The condensation from that will make one swim for a bit and then freeze When winter camping.
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The condensation from that will make one swim for a bit and then freeze When winter camping.
There is a trick to Survival

One method
Sleep on a incline. Hole down at feat for moisture to run out.
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The condensation from that will make one swim for a bit and then freeze When winter camping.
Have you ever used a vapor barrier sleeping bag? It is basically the same concept. It is not how you think it would be. You do need to learn to vent the bag so that you don't get too hot, but you should do that anyhow since otherwise the moisture gets into the sleeping bag, which is a serious problem if you have a down bag. One positive aspect is that you will actually lose less water overnight, which is good if you don't have a lot of water.
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Im really happy with my Kelty Ignite with dri down
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A well made backpacking quilt offers a lot in versatility.

https://youtu.be/Cu60MVhADwY
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A simple tarp preferably cat cut to roll with wind
https://mountainlaureldesigns.com/pr...ld-grace-tarp/ (8 years later still my go to tarp)

Borah bivy
http://www.borahgear.com/chestbivy.html

Tyvek Ground Cloth
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hiking-Backp...edirect=mobile
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Sign up for their email specials.
I got 2 of these for $80 with Free shipping.

https://www.majorsurplus.com/voodoo-...0-f-12732.html
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