Apr 5, 2013
As I'm a cheap bastard, I can say I specialised in this game.
- one childhood relic sleeping bag, lafuma, originally rated at 6°C but its been in the washing machine a few times so its definately less warm, and its heavy and doesn't compress.
- a cheapo 15°C bag, ultralight and can almost compress into your wallet.
- another cheapo 15°C bag but its broken, theres a hole near the feet so the insulation has gone missing there. Keepon a pair of socks lol!
- a fleece sleeping bag/liner bag. This is heavy, bulky, but its the warmest I have. Its a recent addition but it has already saved my ass from freezing off this year.
- a thermolite reactor extreme liner, the most expensive piece of sleeping kit I own, its pretty good for what it is but no freakin way it adds 10°C !!
- a 'waterproof sleeping bag cover', its not a real bivy bag cause you can't close it. Keeps you dray and keeps you wet, works both ways.
- two ccf pads, still not sure wich one is better...
I've camped in freezing conditions with both the cheapo's and the reactor liner, and one of the ccf's and I'm still here to type it, but it wasn't a good nights rest. I've been in freezing conditions with the childhood relic and the fleece liner and it was toasty to say the least. :)
So all those people with the 400$ down bags telling you it doesn't work are pretty wrong. I have less than 120€ invested right now and I can do almost everything with my gear. However, it can get bulky if I need it all. Most of the time, on sport climbing trips or bouldering trips it just stays in the car trunk so no biggie, I do go on hiking trips with it all, but I'm no alpinist so if you're looking into doing peaks, you might want a single bag thats warm enough and compresses well.