Cattytown wrote (see)
Unfortunately I have the problem of being large. I am not desperately tall but am rather heavier than I would like.
Don't want to dwell on this but I'm 6' 4/5" and have a 2nd row (England!) rugby player build yet haven't/didn't really have that much problem finding a suitable sized bag. I'm thinking that your expecting a more roomy bag when bags just aren't meant to be roomy i.e. more air spaces means more heat loss.
Cattytown wrote (see)
I then found the size of the mountain hardwear long laminas, and tried one. There was just enough room to be comfortable.
Both of my most recent bag purchases have been Mountain Hardwear.... I'm not sure if the synth Lamina's are different but I've found both the Down filled Ghost and Banshee to be supremely comfortable both from a warmth and size perspective. I have no meaningful experience with synth bags but was thinking that you might be better off buying a super warm synthetic bag and using it as a quilt to get around the roominess problem. I do this with the Ghost and it works a treat*. The down filled Ghost come to think of it even the Banshee is pretty large so not sure how realistic it would be with a synth bag.
* warmer than around -10
A good mat is the Exped Synmat UL, comes in 3 sizes. Size m is 185x51cm, 469g, packed size 24x9.5cm.
It's dear new, £70ish, but might get a used one, or cheaper off fleabay.
My pillow is the Exped pillow pump, blows up my UL mat, but great as a pillow on it's own.
Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snake bite..... and furthermore always carry a small snake. W.C.FIELDS.
Walk, climb, camp. Just get out there
I too have a Softie 9
Great bag for a Syn. though of course doesn't pack as small as a down bag and the more it's used the worse it will get, no matter how carefull you are.
Syn. always loses a bit of loft each time it's used/packed. Lasts maybe 1/2 as long as a down bag at most.
Include a little history in your walks. Pecsaetan - Ancient Derbyshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire - http://pecsaetan.weebly.com/
Apart from the Alpkit an other place to look at is Ishka Sports, the sell bags made in China and the like.
Don't let that put you off, I've got one, (KingKamp -10c), and as close to any 'named brand' bag I've used as makes no differance.
It’s not all hill walking and Kendal mint cake
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