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Jun 21, 2012
Carl- Very good info. For whatever reason it just clicked that I am not even sure how confortable I will be in a mummy bag.. Sleeping in my bed at home I pretty much sprawl across the whole thing.. granted its typically 70-75 in the house so I dont feel the need to stay close warm. Probably should test out how confortable I am in a mummy bag before buying!

As long as I can bring my arms up and sorta use my hands as a pillow then I will be golden. For whatever reason that's usually how I sleep while camping out.
Ryan Dodd
From Lakewood, CO
Joined Dec 4, 2011
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Jun 21, 2012
after the hard stuff, into cruiser hands.
If that's the case the montbell super spiral needs to be on your list. I think you can get the synthetic 30 degree bag for 200. It stretches to your body when you toss and turn. I love mine! NickinCO
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Jun 21, 2012
Shoot thats sweet ill look into that as well.

just got back from REI.. they didnt have the two main ones I was looking for so I figured that was a sign not to get one.

I picked up the New BD Icon and the trekker 1.75 mat..

good choices?

Im going to do some more research before being spontaneous and spending 300 on a bag.
Ryan Dodd
From Lakewood, CO
Joined Dec 4, 2011
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Jun 21, 2012
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The BD Icon is a good headlamp. Use it all the time for Search and Rescue work. I dig that the lamp can be dimmed down to find just the right bit of light just by holding the one button. I also like the lockout feature that prevents it from turning on by accident.

My buddy's got the synthetic and down version of the Montbell Super Spiral and they work very well, especially if you sprawl.

Seriously think of what you're gonna use your sleeping bag for. Be honest with yourself. If it's just for a couple of overnighters in AZ any decent down or synthetic will work fine.

When I lived in Tempe I used a TNF Trinity 20 degree synthetic bag. Bought it at REI for 80 bucks 8 years ago. Still using it though it's lost a little bit of loft. Before that I had a TNF Cat's Meow that lasted 10 yrs. When I climbed Denali and Hunter in Alaska I used a TNF -40 DarkStar synthetic.

Bum a couple of your buddies sleeping bags and see what works for ya.
I recall the climbers in Tempe were a pretty awesome bunch.
suprasoup
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Jun 25, 2012
The icon is a pretty awesome headlamp. Only got to use it a couple times but it sure is bright and as you said, the dim and lockout feature is great.

I ended up using a friends 20 degree 80 dollar bag and it worked perfectly fine. Only issue with it is that it weight an easy 5lbs.

When I get my bag I will definitely try for the lowest weight at the best price. I may save the 3-500 bag for when I go somewhere with extreme conditions.
Ryan Dodd
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