May 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm #1289468
@wwhermitLocale: So Cal
I tried quilts, really tried them, but they just didn’t work for me. I need to go back to sleeping bags. Please help me decide between the two. Temps for me will rarely get down past 35 degrees. I mostly hike around the PCT around San Bernardino and Angeles mountains. My pack for overnights or weends is a Talon 44, longer than that is a Gregory Z65. Will be sleeping in a tent with a Prolite Plus, maybe soon a Neo Air All Season. I sleep rather warmly. The two contestants:
Western Mountaineering Summerlite:
Montbell UL Super Spiral Down Hugger #3
Price: $340 for both
Weight: WM is 19oz, MB is 22oz
Montbell is super stretchy inside, great for a side and tossy-turney sleeper like me.
I’ve seen the WM Summerlite pack down to the size of a Nalgene bottle, and it’s 3 ounces lighter.
Anyone used either, or both, and have some insight that may help me decide?
WWhermitMay 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm #1873747
Mike MBPL Member
I had a Summerlite- great bag, great fit/finish- was simply too small for me, it's a rather tight cut- if your smaller (or maybe even medium-ish) probably will be fine, if you're a little larger than you'll likely find it tight.
One other bag to look at is the Marmot Helium, quality down and workmanship, but cut much more fullyMay 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm #1873773
The montbell is $294 at Prolitegear.com
If you are slim you can get a feathered friends Merlin on clearance from Prolitegear for $264. It is only a 58" girth bag, summerlite is 59"
Both will be warmer than the summerlite, which EN tested at 35F , the Merlin is likely 25-28F in reality with 12oz down, 23oz total.
They also have the Osprey on clearance for $279, its bigger and about 27 oz I thinkMay 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm #1873774
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
I have a WM Megalite regular B/C it has more shoulder girth. I'm 5' 10" with a 42" chest and it fits me fine. I like it because I can easily wear insulated clothing in it and not feel confined and not squeeze the bag's insulation.
Also the Megalite is good as a quilt on hot nights when unzipped and spread over a mattress. I tuck the foot of my TR Prolite pad in the foot of the Megalite and the bag stays put all night. It's very comfortable that way – almost like sleeping at home.May 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm #1873791
Ike JutkowitzBPL Member
@ikeLocale: Central Michigan
I've been very happy with my summerlite down to 30F. If weight is a deciding factor though, mine comes in over spec at 21 oz, so not as big a difference there as you might think.May 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm #1874147
@brandonreynolds85Locale: Rocky Mountains
i have the ultralite… you cant get much better than WM
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