Aug 29, 2007 at 12:28 pm #1224817
I can help you clear out that gear closet while helping a friend get on the trail. He desperately needs to upgrade his sleep system but finances are the barrier.
sub 25 degree
under 2.5lbs preferred
-MichaelAug 29, 2007 at 2:14 pm #1400404
I have an excellent shape WM Versalite (2lb.) I'd let go for $200 plus shipping.Aug 29, 2007 at 5:52 pm #1400440
750 down 1lb 13oz $239Aug 29, 2007 at 6:33 pm #1400445
Several of your criteria are adding up to make this a virtual impossiblity- 20 degree bag, 800fp down, $150. Tough to do unless you find something used.
If you can accept the 2.5-ish range, the options open up. Try looking at 600fp bags in that weight range, you'll find plenty.Aug 29, 2007 at 11:13 pm #1400488
You're absolutely right, there isn't going to be a new bag within those criteria; at that price, my goal was to find something used, like Mark's bag.
>michaelAug 30, 2007 at 12:42 am #1400492
@brianfitzLocale: philadelphia PA
ihave a moonstone lucid 800 .
20 degrees, reg size, under 2.5 lbs., 800 fp. used about 3 nights in great condtion. been hanging from the ceiling to protect the loft . backpacker magazine gave it a great review. it was $220 new i would be able to part with it for $150 just send a pm . i will be leaving for vacation on sunday . no hurry, just give a heads up just i case you are waiting for a reply .Aug 30, 2007 at 9:48 am #1400517
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@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
I've purchased a WM bag from Mark before and will vouch for his trustworthiness and quick shipping. :)Aug 30, 2007 at 11:37 am #1400527
The offer on the Moonstone Lucid is a great deal. I've never used the bag but I've also read plenty of good reviews. As for the Versalite, if your friend can beg/borrow/steal the extra $50, he will not regret it. That's a world-class bag. I have a WM Ultralight, which is the same bag but rated at 20 degrees and I couldn't be happier.Aug 30, 2007 at 12:00 pm #1400530
I have to agree with Russell on the quality of the WM Ultralite.
Here is a sleeping bag write up that includes both the Moonstone Lucid and the WM Versalite – about 2/3 of the way down.Aug 30, 2007 at 12:52 pm #1400539
how old is the Versalite? I may be interested as well … :-)
Is it rated to 15F or 10F (i.e. 800 or 850 down?)
SvenAug 30, 2007 at 1:19 pm #1400543
WHOA! Hang on there Sven. Hehe.
The WM Versalite is a great bag and Mark's is a good deal. My buddy simply does not have more than $150, so I'm going to ponny up the extra $50 to help him out. Thanks, everyone, for your feedback.
Mark, I'll PM you and we'll make arrangements.
>michaelAug 30, 2007 at 1:22 pm #1400544
*Sneak* hey, worth a try, right? Have fun with the bag ;-)
S.Aug 30, 2007 at 1:59 pm #1400552
Quite the friend you are! He'll be pleased with the bag.
I use my Ultralight as a 3 season (well, often 4 here in the Appalachians) and when its too warm (for me this means expected temps over 65 at night) I just use a $20 fleece bag (which weighs almost as much!). You can unzip and use as a quilt when it gets too warm. So, the Versalight will do in a pinch. I think a summer weight quilt (e.g. BMW Cocoon UL 60 or Jacks R Better Shenandoah) would be ideal from night time temps over 50 degrees or so, but I always seem to find a reason to postpone buying one.
When next spring rolls around, there are a good amount of sub-2lb. summer weight options for $150 or less. In warmer temps, you'll naturally be carrying less gear, so weight isn't as critical.Aug 30, 2007 at 3:15 pm #1400557
I've been procrastinating on the Cocoon 60 in exactly the same manner.
As the summers get hotter and I explore UL, e.g. tarp and bivy, the option to simply sleep on top of my bag in my birthday suit is feeling a bit too exposed. Do you consistently bivy even come summer? Or, just bag/quilt and maybe a bug bivy?
This is becoming a new thread. Maybe I should start a new one to explore the 3 season, 4 season and summer sleep systems folks are using.
>michaelAug 30, 2007 at 5:13 pm #1400570
Yeah at this point probably posting in the G Spot is better than pounding this thread in Gear Swap. As for bivvying- I don't I use a tarptent. An enclosed shelter is neccessary where I live due to bugs and I can suck up the additional pound for the convenience of a tent. Good luck finding a solution; there's a ton of info in the G Spot on this topic.Sep 1, 2007 at 9:01 am #1400731
@eaglembLocale: AZ, the Great Southwest!
How about a 900 fill -20 bag for $250?
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