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Time to retire the Slumberjack, what to replace it with?
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Apr 15, 2010, 05:53 PM
 
Back in 1989, when I was 8 years old my grandmother bought me a really nice Slumberjack mummy style sleeping bag for Christmas. I love this thing, it's seen me through many wild adventures and tame sleep overs of my youth, but now after 20+ years it's time to replace it.

I've been doing some initial research, but am having trouble determining what to go with.

I'm not a super camper who goes camping year round in extreme conditions. Most of my outdoor use will be in the New England summer months so I don't need one that protects down to absolute 0, but would like one that would be good enough for early spring/late fall (again in New England conditions).

As for style I do like the mummy with a hood (AKA pillow pocket).

I'm kinda leaning toward one from Big Agnes. My only reservations with them is that they're designed to be thinner on the bottom for use with a sleeping pad, which I've never needed prior, and I'm usually right on the hard ground.

So what are your thoughts and recommendations?
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Apr 15, 2010, 08:30 PM
 
....and here I was thinking the reason why so many Mac users wanted 3G in the new MacBook Pros was because they were the outdoor type. I feel so stupid right now. My apologies for scaring you with the idea of fresh clean air.
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Apr 16, 2010, 05:20 AM
 
Backpacking or car camping- meaning do you have to carry it any distance?
     
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Apr 16, 2010, 05:21 AM
 
And do you have a budget in mind?
     
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Apr 16, 2010, 09:10 AM
 
I've got a synthetic 15˚northface bag I bought a decade ago. It's still alive and kicking, no tears, hardly a scuff. It's pretty much a perfect bag for what I use it for- light enough for a weekend hiking, and warm enough to extend the season through halloween. Not to mention that it's synthetic so it'll put up with a dewy morning.
     
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Apr 16, 2010, 09:24 AM
 
Check out Campmor.com - they have a huge selection.
Campmor: sleeping bags
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Apr 16, 2010, 10:45 AM
 
Originally Posted by Paco500 View Post
And do you have a budget in mind?
$150 to $200 (USD)

Originally Posted by osiris View Post
Check out Campmor.com - they have a huge selection.
Campmor: sleeping bags
I'll check them out, thank you.

Originally Posted by Paco500 View Post
Backpacking or car camping- meaning do you have to carry it any distance?
It's about 50/50

Being a gimp, I don't usually hike in more then 2 miles or so. But again, being a gimp, the lighter it is, the better.
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Apr 16, 2010, 10:57 AM
 
When I used to do serious backpacking, I always had two sleeping bags- a colder weather down and a lighter weight synthetic. When I was out in the snow, I would use both together for added warmth.

These days, and based on your requirements, I would get a light weight synthetic from a reputable maker (North Face, Marmot, REI, etc- avoid Target/Walmart crap) and then get a fleece liner for the colder nights. Much more flexible. I'd go to a big outdoors shop and test a few and get the most comfortable in your price range.

As for the no-sleeping pad- you'll start to long for it as you get older.
     
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Apr 16, 2010, 11:56 AM
 
Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
....and here I was thinking the reason why so many Mac users wanted 3G in the new MacBook Pros was because they were the outdoor type. I feel so stupid right now. My apologies for scaring you with the idea of fresh clean air.
Hey I am all about camping as I looooove it and go every year. Yet I still have no clue about what makes one sleeping bag more wicked than the other.
     
   
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