Jacob McDonald

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Jacob McDonald

Jacob McDonald wrote an answer about on August 15, 2013

I have the stratos 36 (the male version of this pack) I have used this backpack for two years now as an ultralight pack for my gear. Have done 4 days out of it with a big agnes 20 degree bag. In the summer I have a BA 45 degree bag that is perfect for this pack. Unless you are an ultralight/minimalist, this bag will be to small. With a normal size sleeping bag in it, you only have enough space for a smaller cook-set and a little bit of food. When using this on extended trips, I have always had to strap my hydration bladder to the outside of the bag too. Great pack but you really have to leave luxuries home if you plan on using it for an extended trip.

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Jacob McDonald

Jacob McDonald wrote an answer about on April 8, 2011

I am an avid hammock sleeper myself. Personally I would go with a Big Agnes pad and sleeping bag set up. I slept last week in 20 degrees with the eagles nest, a big agnes 15 degree bag and a insulated air core pad and was sweating all night long. I believe this set up works best because the big agnes has a sleeping pad pocket in the bottom of their bags. This allows one the ability to not roll off the pad in their sleep. If you have slept in an eagles nest before, you know that you often get all twisted up in your bag as well as slide down in the hammock which creates much discomfort while sleeping. With the big agnes set up, the sleeping pad keeps your sleeping bag in place while you toss and turn (due to the fact that it is connected to your bag). You do not get tangled, and your sleeping bag stays in place in the hammock. You could go with any pad that you like, however I strongly believe its worth the extra money to have the best set up possible. If you spend any money on backpacking gear, I have found that the best money spent is on your sleeping situation. You can go cheap on other gear but at the end of the day's hike, you want to be able to sleep the whole way through the night. Cheers. Have fun and hope this helped.

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