Dec 4, 2010 at 6:32 am #1266224
Are the Summerlite and Megalite the same bags except the Megalite has a larger girth? Is the difference in temp rating due to being able to fit more down in because of the additional girth? Same fabric? What I am wondering is should I get a Megalite to use in colder weather, I currently have a Summerlite which fits me fine. Is it pointless to get the ML or should I just use the SL with supplemental down clothing?Dec 4, 2010 at 10:39 am #1670789
The main difference, of course, is the width of the Megalite vs. the Summerlite. Many lean people don't like the extra width of the Megalite because it adds weight, and takes extra time to warm up the space. On the other hand, larger people like myself want the extra Megalite space.
The temperature difference< I believe, is due to the Megalite having a passive top collar, which the Summerlite does not. I think, a minor detail. The extra down in the Megalite is due simply to the extra (material) space that has to be filled. Each still specs at 4" of the same fill power down.
If I were a lean person, I would wear clothes in the Summerlite to add warmth during the short shoulder seasons. When those seasons pass, I think you would need a warmer bag than either the Summerlite or Megalite.
I had both the above bags (still have the Megalite), and like them both. Anything WM is great. But I now prefer quilts for their light weight, ample space unless cold, and thus their overall flexibility and comfort.Dec 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm #1670816
@carazLocale: bay area
If I'm not mistaken. Having both bags would seem redundant. Better to get an ultralight or versalight if you are looking for a colder weather bag. The wider bag could take you colder in that if you had the clothes you could layer more inside of it.Dec 4, 2010 at 6:59 pm #1670908
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
You may want to get a quilt that will cover the top of your Summerlite for colder weather – if,that is, a quilt is a fairly less expensive option to a winter bag.
A quilt option needs mating snaps sewn onto the quilt and bag. Snaps require far less sewing than Velcro and are actually more secure.
BTW, I have a Megalite that I've used in the low teens with synthetic insulated jacket and pants B/C the Megalite had enough girth to accomodate them. I was nice and warm. Thus the insulated clothes did dual duty as sleeping and camp wear &/or emergency items in a bad cold snap.Dec 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm #1671405
Yes, pretty much
Not really. Pretty much the passive draft collar.
Yes, pointless to get the ML given that you have the SL. I easily wear down clothing in my SL.
It does depend just how cold you're trying to go. If you're thinking zero to teens, I'd get a warmer bag (think Apache or Antelope). If you're just trying to get into the mid 20s, you'll probably be fine, though I'd take some extra head insulation (or plan on wearing the jacket's down hood).
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