Feb 8, 2012 at 7:57 am #1285353
Can anyone suggest a suitable side sleeper quilt or bag rated down to 30f 0c ?
I have tried the Western Mountaineering Summerlite but found it a slim fit when sleeping "figure-4" in the bag! I bring my knee up to hip height when sleeping (I think i'm not alone)and mummy bags tend to restrict this, without opening a zip.
I have a preference for a RH side zip, I am 180cm6 ft, tend to run hot, and considering matching with a regular sized new release NeoAir Xlite.
I currently use a semi-rectangular bag but at 1.3kgs which could be halved with the right choice.
Links or references much appreciated as choice is limited in Western Australia!
The future may lie here with Nemo but in the meantime no clue as to weight or availability…
Thanks in advanceJun 19, 2012 at 1:20 am #1888213
Just to let you know that I plan to evaluate the Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite (Regular) @ 337g combined with a GoLite UltraLite 800 Fill 3-Season Quilt (Regular)@ 725g. It just maybe side sleeper heaven!Jun 19, 2012 at 9:18 am #1888269
Check out Joe's bags. He calls them back zip. I call them center zip and love them as a side sleeper. I got a long instead of theregular to accommodate the fig four effect, and a wide for using as a quilt as well. I roll with the bag. I'm finding out very nice. No links as i'm writing this from my phoneJun 19, 2012 at 11:50 am #1888310
@rayestrellaLocale: Northern Minnesota
I am a side-sleeper and use quilts for everything from 0F and above. I have a Nunatak Arc Specialist that I take to 30 F:
As far as the XLite goes, two weeks ago I took it with a tiny 9.75 oz 45/50 F quilt and had the temp unexpectedly drop to 34 F. I froze on top but the pad was fine. It seems to be warmer than the original NeoAir.Jun 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm #1888346
@detroittigerfanLocale: Ann Arbor
I'm guessing that a quilt will be your best bet but if you find that you want a sleeping bag, consider a "women's" cut; it will give you a little more room at the hips/thighs. I can do a "figure-4" in my Feathered Friends Grouse, which is their women's 30-degree bag.Jun 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm #1888369
If you side sleep then a wide quilt, (normal is usually 48"), should work for you. I use a 53" wide 20*F quilt.Jun 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm #1888378
Try the Katabatic Gear Palisade. It's down-filled and rated 30F, but I was warm in it below that. I sleep on my side and also tend to roll around a lot, but it always worked great for me. They have other models rated higher and lower as well.Jun 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm #1888380
I would look at the wide Enlightened Equipment quilt; great deal.
For a bag, I would check out the Montbell bags. The stretch seems to allow a lot of leg gymnastics.Jun 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm #1888428
I don't have much experience with quilts, but I sleep in the 4 and on my side also, and every other which-way, and have found two bags that work great: one Montbell and one Western Mountaineering. I used the Montbell as a quilt once, and that worked fine. I'm a cold sleeper and only 5'6", so you'll have to look among the related options in the links below to decide which one would best suit you. I got one of them on ebay and one on the gear swap here, and those may be good options for you, for shipping to Australia.
Western Mountaineering Sycamore, or try another of their semi-rectangular bags. Here's a comparison chart:
Montbell UL Super Spiral Down Hugger (800)
It looks like sometime this year Montbell has re-assessed the bags' temperature ratings and made them more conservative. So if you're not getting a brand-spanking new one, google the specs from some pre-2012 write-up, and compare them to current ones to get a more realistic picture. (For example, I have the #3; it has 10 oz of fill, weighs 21 oz, and had a temp rating of 30 degrees F. The new 2012 #3 has 11oz fill, weighs 22oz, has a lower-limit rating of 30 and a comfort rating of 40 F.)Jun 20, 2012 at 3:17 am #1888545
@abrown3mtgLocale: High Rockies
ONLY bag I've ever slept well in. I have the ul#1 SS. I toss, turn and move too much.. you'll love it!Jun 20, 2012 at 7:28 am #1888599
Golite 3 season quilt. Great price and I can toss and turn all night long.Jun 21, 2012 at 9:00 am #1888941
@richardglyonLocale: Bridger Mountains
Nunatak Arc Ghost (mine is slightly modified to improve it for a side sleeper) and Back Country Blanket, both reviewed at BackpackGearTest.org.
Valandre Mirage, rated to 25 F. A bit more room and a hood.
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