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I Recently took my Western Mountaineering UltraLite 20 degree bag on an early season AT thru-hike. I combined it with a silk liner and slept comfortablly with tempature droping into the teens. When tempatures dropped into the singles and below zero I had to add my space blanket to the mix. It compressed very nice and quickly regained it loft once out of my pack. The full zipper allowed me to use it as a quilt when tempatures warmed up, and the mummy style allowed me to cinche up and trap body heat when it got cold.

The Western Mountaineering UltraLite 20 degree is one of the best bags out there...!!!!

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I don't use a compression bag for my sleeping bag when I hike. This allows me to pack more efficiently and once out of my pack my bag seems to regain it loft quicker. It also saves a little bit of weight...

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I think a Western Mountaineering Hot Sack is a much better option than the space blanket. But there is a trick to using it. Once inside your body can't self regulate temperature by perspiring. So you may overheat and sweat until wet. The trick is to only be inside of part of the bag when warm, e.g. move it down from your neck to your waist, or to you knees when warm. Then you will still be warm, but won't sweat inside the Hot Sack. I think the Hot Sack is an amazing way to add the ability to do more cold with less weight!