Jan 3, 2012 at 11:38 am #1283661
I have been out of backpacking for about 20 years and needless to say things have changed a bit since then in the area of gear. All this newfangled light and ultra light weight stuff is veddy cool.
Right now I am researching sleeping bags and I am having a bit of a problem finding one that will fit me. Not only am I tall at 6'4" but I have wide shoulders. I have been able to find extra long bags but not too many wide bags that don't weigh a lot. Also I live in Resume Speed, North Florida so there are not a whole lot of options for local information so I was hoping for some input from you folks.
What I need is a bag for backpacking trips mostly in the SE US that is a 3 season bag. I will be using it for several local trips and possible a 7 day section hike on the GA portion of the AT this spring.
The one I have found that seems to have decent recommendations is the Big Agnes Summit Park 15 deg bag. A little on the heavy side but I figure I will have to carry more weight to gets something that will fit. Anyone else use this bag? Any other big & tall guys/gals have a recommendation for a different bag?
Any input would be greatly recommended.
–louisJan 3, 2012 at 11:47 am #1819183
Have you considered a custom down quilt?Jan 3, 2012 at 11:48 am #1819184
I'd check out the Stoic Somnus series– http://www.backcountry.com/store/search.html?mv_session_id=zruJL62m&aff=1&q=Stoic+Somnus
The review of the 30 on backcountry is mine. Basically it's an excellent bag, especially for the big and tall set. I'm 6'4" as well, and I fit the tall well. The real advantage is how wide it is at the shoulder. It's really great for someone with a bigger build at the shoulders.Jan 3, 2012 at 11:51 am #1819188
Katabatic makes long(6'6")wide quilts
marmot makes some long(6'6")and wide bags
orJan 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm #1819196
I use a Big Agnes Mystic SL in long. It's definitely long enough for me at 6'5" and is wide in the shoulders, hips and footbox. Remember to add the weight of a pad when you compare these bags. I carry an inflateable no matter what, so this system saves weight for me. YRMV.Jan 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm #1819199
Wilderness Logics makes a giant down quilt that is just a bit bigger than the Jacks-R-Better 2 person quilts:Jan 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm #1819202
Thanks for the input I will check those out. I had not considered a quilt but may have to look into that. The Mystic SL looks interesting too.
–louisJan 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm #1819205
That quilt from Wilderness Logics is pretty nice and the price is good as well. I may have to give that some serious thought. And it is around 30 ounces lighter than the Big Agnes Summit Park.
–louisJan 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm #1819211
The quilt from Wilderness Logics is a hammock quilt, which means it's usually not as wide since the contour of a hammock doesn't require as much width, but it is pretty wide. Even wider is the EnLightened Equipment Revelation, it's less expensive and has a drawcord footbox that I think makes it much more versatile than a sewn footbox.Jan 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm #1819214
Take a look at the MontBell super stretch bags in "long". I own 4 of them.Jan 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm #1819228
Word of advice about quilts, make sure you have a ground pad system that you know will keep you warm. I'm not knocking on quilts (I'm making my own for 3-season use) but few people mention that the weight savings are tempered by needing a more robust sleep pad system (although the entire system still comes in lighter usually).
If you're still interested a regular bag though I would definitely check out Western Mountaineering or Feathered Friends. I just bought a WM Ultralite and I've never had a better fitting sleeping bag, feels tailored made for me! The caveat of course is that both are expensive. I liken them to Ferrari and Lamborghini of the sleeping bag world. These are companies that don't rely on marketing hype, instead focusing their energy into producing the highest quality products that they can.
Their sizing is spot on, so a long "FIT" 6'6" meaning they are actually cut a bit longer inside (sometimes the fit length is actually how long it is inside and ends up a tad short for users at the limit). They also both provide the Shoulder/Hip/Foot girths which will really allow you to dial in the fit.
Also they've both been around for decades and rate their bag temps accurately, meaning if it's a 20F bag then it will be warm at 20F in light baselayer clothing, not just survivable.
For your size and a 10-20F bag, from WM I'd look at the Badger or Alpinelite, maybe the Versalite for a snug fit (ie more thermally efficient).
From FF I'd look at the 10F Raven or the 20F Swift. FF doesn't have quite as broad of a selection of wide sized bags but they do custom work (albeit pricey). The benefit to FF is their "nano" fabric which is highly water resistant and durable. It's a product from Schoeller and basically works the same a lotus leaf, water, oil, ketchup, simply can't stick to the surface and wipe/rinse off with ease. This may be beneficial to the wetter parts of the South East.
If you want to try quilts I would recommend making a synthetic one. Not as light as down but pretty easy to make and for 30F should only weight 1.5lbs or so. It'll also be cheaper and if you don't like quilts it can still be used as an overbag to turn the 3-season bag into a 4-season bag.Jan 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm #1819240
Dustin, why do you think a more robust pad system is needed?Jan 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm #1819412
@richardglyonLocale: Bridger Mountains
Western Mountaineering or Feathered Friends make great bags, and their longs are true 6 ft 6 in in length – very suitable for this 6-4, broad-shouldered guy. I'd pick the model based on how you sleep and what you like. Both are very good on semi-rec bags if you like a bit more room.
RichardJan 4, 2012 at 5:44 am #1819521
Im 6'3" and my shoulders are about 27"
I am using a Kelty Cosmic Down +20 Sleeping Bag. It fits up to 6'5" and comes in just over two and a half pounds.Jan 4, 2012 at 8:36 am #1819612
Got a Marmot Arroyo in long – i'm 6'3" and there is plenty of space left for taller person. It also has plenty of shoulder room if you are not looking for extra empty space.
It is not super expensive, quite light, plenty warm…
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