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I can't seem to find a sleeping bag that will fit me and still roll up tight enough for backpacking. I'm 6'3 and weigh close to 275 so I need something with enough room but I would like to find a good mummy style bag rated for +20 or colder. Any suggestions?
 

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I'm 6'3, 245# and got a Mountain Hardwear Lamina 0 Sleeping Bag - Long Left 2 years ago. Used in on a DIY CO elk hunt. Backpacked in about 5-6 miles. Worked out nice. campsaver.com is where I got mine.
 

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I'm 6' about 210lbs and have a North Face "Cats Meow' 20 degrees. Also have a Phantom 800 fill down 45 degree for summer hiking. Both came with compression sacks. I'm not a big fan of mummy bags but that's what you need for back packing. I would recommend you hit the stores (REI, EMS, ...) and test our theirs before you buy on line just to get the feel of the bag. Unfortunately the lower temp and bigger you are the bag will be bigger. The summer bag is nice and small. Good luck.
 

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I'm 6'2 275 and the military surplus MMS sleep system works really well for me. They are starting to come down in price as well. You should be able to find one well under 200 bones.
 

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Usually, army surplus = heavy. Weight is a big concern when backpacking.

edit: just looked at the MMS system. I would be looking further into it if looking to by a new sleeping bag.
 

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I bought a Mountain Hardware Lamina -30 and it has the worst zipper I've ever experienced. jammed up every time I used it and now its stuck to the point that I'll have to tear the bag to free it up. Called campmor and they said I can return it so I guess it's back to looking.
 

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Just an idea I have yet to try out , I have a 40 degree bag and one of those thin warm weather Fleece bags you buy for $20.00 . The fleece actually kept me warm in an unheated camp one bear season . It got down to 45 in the camp that night when a small heater went out . Always wanted to see how good the 2 bags would work together . As they say , dress in layers . Layered sleeping bag could be the ticket ?
 

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The cheapo fleece work great as a liner. The other option, and what I tell the scouts is ALWAYS bring a knit hat and long johns when it is cool. A set of thermals will make a 30 deg bag comfy at 30, and you can gain about 10deg with the fleece bag.
 

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I'm 5' 10" about 210 lbs and have a North Face "Cats Meow' 20 degrees also. I was not a big fan of mummy bags but that is what you need for hiking. I have plenty of space. It did come with a compression bag. Is a bit large still in a compression bag, but warm. You diffidently want to go to store and try them out before buying on line. Mine has survived 15 - 20 degree nights with 10-15 mile winds in a tent.
 

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Varmintmist said:
The cheapo fleece work great as a liner. The other option, and what I tell the scouts is ALWAYS bring a knit hat and long johns when it is cool. A set of thermals will make a 30 deg bag comfy at 30, and you can gain about 10deg with the fleece bag.
Thanks Varmintmist .... I guess that answers that question ......
 

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4x4dad said:
Varmintmist said:
The cheapo fleece work great as a liner. The other option, and what I tell the scouts is ALWAYS bring a knit hat and long johns when it is cool. A set of thermals will make a 30 deg bag comfy at 30, and you can gain about 10deg with the fleece bag.
Thanks Varmintmist .... I guess that answers that question ......
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I have fleece also that I wear when sleeping. No cotton. I also bought a 10 degree liner which I used this early fall on the West Rim hike. Slept in the liner on top of my 40 degree sleeping bag and then when it got a little chilly I crawled into the sleeping bag while still inside the liner.
 

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Go on EBay and search modular sleeping system.

$80 - $100 will get you a near new three or four piece sleep system that is designed for your purposes.


I bought one last year. Simply amazing! I slept out in it down to 12 degrees ;last season in the back of the truck. Absolutely warm and toasty.

It has a Gore Tex bivi cover as a base, and mine has two other bags to be used separately or independently - summer / fall / winter.

The system is V shaped. Designed for soldiers. The winter / heavy bag also has a foot box to aid in keeping the feet warm. The zippers are the standard heavy duty combat zip's- basically no hands opening.

Te gore tex bivy allows you to throw it down anywhere and go to sleep. Waterproof.


As with most things, money on the front end saves on the back end.
 

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I love my MMS sleep system. The only negative is weight IMHO. I'm interested in trying out the fleece sleeping bag. That sounds like a good idea. How low can you go in one of those?
 

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{ How low can you go in one of those? }

I believe they are a alternative to a warm weather bag . Mine kept me warm down to 45 degrees in a cabin . Fleece has alot of good qualities . Great insulater, breathes and doesn't hold moisture .
 

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I'm sure its much lighter than a lot of the other warm bags?
 
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