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Jul 2, 2011
Looking for advice on a winter Mountaineering bag, Like the stretch design of Montbell,Looking for something to use on volcanoes and peak on the west coast and sierra, as well as Higher peaks in Andes. Maybe asking too much.
Cheers
Topher42
Joined Nov 18, 2010
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Jul 2, 2011
I'm confused. Are you going to climb these peaks in the winter months? In which case you might want a -20. If your looking to do them during the spring/summer months when the routes are in the best shape you could probably go with a zero degree. I have had the mountain hardware Banshee SL zero degree for eight years now and It is still rocking.

Rank the following: Cost, Weight, Durability, and Comfort. Also if you have a preference btwn
Down and synthetic would help narrow it down.
JJNS
Joined Sep 30, 2008
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Jul 2, 2011
Looking to do various peaks in the winter, Basically have a 15F bag now but not sure if I should get a 0f or -20F. I'm sure the 0 would be fine for western us but would the -20 be too much. Topher42
Joined Nov 18, 2010
59 points
Jul 2, 2011
Topher42 wrote:
Looking to do various peaks in the winter, Basically have a 15F bag now but not sure if I should get a 0f or -20F. I'm sure the 0 would be fine for western us but would the -20 be too much.

Oh yea down all the way with a water resistant exterior
Topher42
Joined Nov 18, 2010
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Jul 2, 2011
Buds
Marmot Col Membrain -20. Full down w/ waterproof shell. Taken it down to -30 w/ a western mountaineering VBL inside. It packs fairly well for a -20 bag and lofts out nice when you unpack it. Looks like they are running for a little over $500 now, used to be like $650. Jonathan D.
From Portland, OR
Joined Sep 30, 2010
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Oct 11, 2011
Free Solo up hitchcock gully WI3
If you sleep in your layers you can save yourself a lot of money by never having to get a bag below 0 degrees. superkick
From West Hartford, CT
Joined Aug 23, 2011
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Oct 11, 2011
One name, Western Mountaineering. Check 'em out. Steve Williams
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2005
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Oct 11, 2011
Yea I'm thinking either WM or feathered friends and even though I'm a cali climber now. I'm a Washington boy at hear. But love to hear preferences of everyone. Topher42
Joined Nov 18, 2010
59 points
Oct 11, 2011
Steve Williams wrote:
One name, Western Mountaineering. Check 'em out.


+1

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From crauschville
Joined Apr 8, 2008
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Oct 12, 2011
Topher42 wrote:
Looking for advice on a winter Mountaineering bag, Like the stretch design of Montbell,Looking for something to use on volcanoes and peak on the west coast and sierra, as well as Higher peaks in Andes. Maybe asking too much. Cheers



Cant get much warmer than this bad boy

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Jeff J
From Bozeman
Joined Sep 15, 2010
108 points
Oct 12, 2011
I bought my -20 degree bag two years ago, and I have three nights on it that were in the negative teens. I was plenty warm.

Western Mountaineering, Feathered Friends, etc make sweet bag at sour prices. Don't get me wrong, they're the best and worth the money, but I just couldn't justify spending the coin on one.

I bought an REI down bag on sale for $250. It has been absolutely fine. I believe mine is the Kilo.

Just food for thought.
Evan1984
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Oct 13, 2011
Andrew Gram
I've got the Western Mountaineering 0 and -20 degree bags. The 0 is almost always enough - i've only used the -20 on Aconcagua, early season Elbrus, and a handful of times in Colorado in the winter. I've never really needed it and could always have just used the 0, but the -20 is sure luxurious when it is cold and is wonderful for long trips like Aconcagua when you'll be spending a lot of time in it. If just getting one bag to supplement your 20 i'd probably go with a 0 and add the -20 down the road.

I've never used Feathered Friends bags, but the quality of the Western Mountaineering bags is superb and a huge step up from any other sleeping bag i've used in the past - mostly North Face and REI brand bags.
Andrew Gram
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Jan 1, 2001
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Nov 16, 2011
on Pack Animal Direct
this:
FF Snowbunting

or this:
WM Antelope
ChrisJoosse
Joined Jun 8, 2009
84 points
Nov 16, 2011
Dreamweaver
I took the Mont Bell Spiral Down 0 degree on Aconcagua. I was a bit chilly at 20,000 feet but toasty warm the rest of the time.

You just can't beat the stretchy sleeping bag.
Dave Bn
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Jul 13, 2011
15 points
Nov 16, 2011
perfect seam
Does anyone ever put one sleeping bag inside of another. I have a 40 degree marmot bag (atom) that only weighs a pound, and was thinking i could just get a 15 or 20 degree ultralight bag and combine them for winter use and have great 4 season versatility with just the two bags and they would be about as light as any of the 0 degree bags. the atom has 850 down and alot of loft so it would add a ton of warmth, and you can always throw a down jacket on if uncomfortable. also a bivy or a bag liner add a bit of warmth and hardly weigh anything, so those can also be combined for extra protection fat cow
From St. Paul, MN
Joined Nov 17, 2009
88 points
Nov 16, 2011
Myself placing a a blue/yellow offset MC to protec...
fat cow wrote:
Does anyone ever put one sleeping bag inside of another. I have a 40 degree marmot bag (atom) that only weighs a pound, and was thinking i could just get a 15 or 20 degree ultralight bag and combine them for winter use and have great 4 season versatility with just the two bags. the atom has 850 down and alot of loft so it would add a ton of warmth, and you can always throw a down jacket on if your uncomfortable. also a bivy or a bag liner add a bit of warmth and hardly weigh anything, so you can also combine those options.



This really only works if you size one of them large so both have room to loft. I do this car camping with my 2 20 degree synthetics if its really cold or i'm sleeping in the open. One of the bags is xtra wide and long by chance
rock_fencer
From Columbia, SC
Joined Dec 20, 2009
253 points
Nov 16, 2011
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination R...
Jeff J wrote:
Cant get much warmer than this bad boy baskcanada.com/Featured/sleepi...


i haven't seen a sleeping bag that weighs over 6 lbs since GI Joes went out of business
Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Joined Jun 24, 2011
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