- Oct 11, 2010 at 5:38 pm #1264283
I need a decent XL size sleeping bag for cold weather and I was wondering what compression sack would you guys recommend for this sleeping bag: http://www.rei.com/product/778928
thanksOct 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm #1653542Dan DurstonBPL Member
@dandydanLocale: Canadian Rockies
I think one of the roll top sacks from MountainFitter would be a great choice. Perhaps you are looking for a true compression sack, but a roll top sack will still allow you to adjust the volume to whatever size you need without harmfully compressing your bag. The 12" x 20" size is just 1.05oz.
$19.95 is a great price for a large cuben sack:Oct 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm #1653547Franco DarioliBPL Member
@francoLocale: Gauche, CU.
First it isn't a good idea to overly compress a synthetic sleeping bag .
Next when you do that you end up with some sort of ball/cylinder with hard to fill space around it.
Better just to put the sb in the bag it comes in at the bottom of your pack and let the rest of the gear compress it down to whatever shape is available.
FrancoOct 11, 2010 at 5:55 pm #1653550Stephen PMember
I am from the Franco school of thought on this one. I put my bag inside a pack liner at the bottom and let the rest of the gear do the compressing.Oct 11, 2010 at 5:56 pm #1653552John NausiedaBPL Member
It depends. I like something like the granite gear Airvent bags because they enable you to get more air out after you have triple or more rolled the dry bag closure by using your weight on the bag. Otherwise a drybag just acts like a balloon and can create a situation where the down item or whatever is expanding while you are still trying to roll it in. The other variable is the cinch body weight to get the air out and the lighter stuff works great. This all assumes you test the bags to see if they leak before getting into a situation. . GG is down to just a cord and a small lock. Systems with bigger heavier straps are easier on your hands but weigh more.Oct 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm #1653553
wait, I thought down bags were the ones you were not supposed to pack tight… so I shouldnt try and squeeze this synthetic bag as tight and small as I can get it? the thing is huge even compressed! hahaOct 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm #1653561Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
First of all, it comes with one.
There is compressing, and then there is COMPRESSING. I go with a roll-top silnylon bag and squeeze as much air out as possible, but that is far from what a compression bag will do. If you are really out of room and need one, take it easy— just because it can squeeze your bag down to a black hole doesn't mean you have to do that. Moderation is a good thing.
Winter camping usually demands a bigger pack, as your clothing gets bulkier and you are using thicker sleeping pads, etc. You don't see a lot of winter gear lists and I suspect that a lot of the summer uber-lightness goes down the drain with the extra winter goodies. Do the best you can.Oct 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm #1653572
hmm, good info and thoughts. thanks
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