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jjwp317282 wrote an answer about on January 24, 2013

I will await your evaluation of those pads, very interested to know. My 57 year old body is sold on the Exped mats (sadly won't tolerate the Thermarest 3/4" pad anymore). I have been backpacking for 40 years and you can only imagine the gear swaps across time. Amazing the weight and gear options available now and being able to dial gear in. Took me a while to embrace the Bid Agnes bag methodology and now find that with some tweaking their products are effective at conserving weight without comfort compromise.

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jjwp317282 wrote an answer about on January 21, 2013

Hi Sam, my first thought is no, I don't think so. Many additionl factors to consider. Most of what I read about Big Agnes bags is thay do not live up to their temp ratings. (Think 50s for comfort range). You have to heat up the volume of the bag, that's why a mummy is easier to warm up (less interior space) and rectangular cut bags take longer to warm up. Do the two of you generally sleep warm or cold? Plan on wearing clothes to bed? How will you block heat loss around neck/shoulders? Your sleeping pad is hugely important for this bag design. I use an Exped Downmat 7 (superb) because I sleep in a MSR Hubba Hubba usually with no fly (breezy). A fly on the tent should improve warmth in tent. An air mattress has a lower R rating and won't be near as warm. Hope some of this helps.

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