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jer100304925 wrote a review of on February 2, 2010

5 5

Just went on a 3 night, 3-4 day backpacking/camping trip with this bag. Low temps were 0 degrees 1st night, 2 degrees 2nd night, and -6 degrees (Fahrenheit). I used this with the 2" big agnes two track pad. The first night I went to sleep in a thin base layer and woke up a little cold in the early am but was just adjusting to bag/pad and I think the bag was open a little and I had a little condensation on a very thin base layer top I used. The bag was also spacious, almost too much - I have the long being that the regular is for 5'10" and I am 5'11, plus I wanted extra room for clothing. I threw on a mid fleece and was warm the rest of the night. The next night I filled up the bottom of the bag with all my clothing. I slept with the fleece and was very warm (I had to open the bag some when I went to sleep)and slept like a baby. For whatever reason, on the coldest night(-6 degrees) I was the warmest and had to open the bag and adjust draft collar to keep from sweating. I believe there was a slight learning curve in adjusting the zipper, draft collar and filling the bottom of the bag with clothes so there wasn't so much empty space. I believe I would have been comfortable at the -20 rating and could have done even more if I added more clothing. I should have taken off the fleece because I was starting to sweat at times and I did take off my balaclava but when you're snug in a bag at these temps and wake up to hot - You do not want to lose that heat. With the accompanying two track pad rated at -25 I needed no CCF pad in addition. By the third night condensation had built up on the tent and the bag but the DWR coating kept it from soaking the down and losing loft. However if you are out longer at these temps or colder I would suggest a VBL in addition. I also had plenty of space to sleep on my side and found when I took my balaclava off the third night I could still adjust the hood to give me warmth if needed on my side. All in all a great bag.

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jer100304925 wrote a review of on February 2, 2010

4 5

Used this with a big agnes hahns peak bag on a recent 3 day backpacking/camping trip. It is a little heavy for backpacking but I am not doing 15-20 miles in the snow in zero/sub-zero weather. The temps got to -6 Fahrenheit on the coldest night and I felt no cold or draft from the ground whatsoever. I did not need the closed cell foam pad and the dog got to sleep on it (although he wanted to sleep in the snow and did not need anything except his northern breed coat). I also found the bag to be very comfortable with the big agnes bag. Gave it four stars just because it is a little heavy. Although this is to be expected in cold weather I would still like the best of both worlds.

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