I would say save your money for a good one. Also get to know your terms;
Fill weight, fill power,construction method, etc et.
Check out Cumulus sleeping bags, great products and good prices considering they use top notch materials and fillings. they have an ultralight range that probably fits your requirements.
Also heard good things about Rab, Mountain hardware, PHD and Alppkit.
Hope this helps,
If budget is a big issue, I've no hersitation whatsoever in recommending Alpkit down bags. I bought a brand new SkyeHigh 800 from Alpkit. I've slept warmly in it (with no liner) wearing just a baselayer and socks in temperatures well below 0C.
A freind bought a second-hand Skyehigh 600 from a seller on OM Classified. She uses a liner if it gets much below 5C but she is a cold sleeper.
Both the Alpkit bags have given good service. Also, Alpkit are nice people to deal with (usual disclaimer).
I also have a Rolling Clouds 500 which I use for summer camping.
Certainly you cannot buy new at that price. The alpkit bags are the best cheap bags available (although sometimes other companies match it when the are 30%+ off) with pipedream lighter than the skyehigh. As stated, PHD are phenomenal (and reasonable value in their sale) but they're still expensive and only good value because of how well made they are with top quality components. Rab and lots of other quality mass market brands sell both very good and bad bags but generally overpriced for what you get in my opinion.
More importantly, only getting a zero rated bag probably isn't a great option, I've regularly been in sub zero temps at low level at those times of year. I'd definitely go -5 (or be prepared to wear lots of clothes in a zero bag, but in my opinion as you already have a summer bag, let your next one cover a bit more range and go to -5 or even -10).
i will be selling a Alpkit Pipedream for £100 in the classified later on today if you want first dibs email me @ email@example.com.
one year old used around 4 times by the wife.
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Check out Cumulus sleeping bags, great products and good prices considering they use top notch materials and fillings. they have an ultralight range that probably fits your requirements.Also heard good things about Rab, Mountain hardware, PHD and Alppkit.Hope this helps,Stu
You tend to get what you pay for with down bags. I've never used an Alpkit bag but they are well thought of by pretty much everyone who has one.
I would certainly recommend Cumulus bags. The Quantum range is even lighter and more compact than the Ultralight but they are not cheap by any means. I've also got a PHD winter bag and it is beautifully made - again not cheap but the PHD sales make things more affordable.
I'm not sure where the bivvy bag fits into your set-up. You mention that you will be using a tent. Do you slip the bivvy bag over your sleeping bag for protection against dripping condensation or do you sometimes use the bivvy bag on its own (i.e. without a tent)?
Depending on where you live, you could visit the Rab shop near Derby from what I understand they sell seconds etc and can get bargains.
Not wanting to promote stores - but Go Outdoors were doing some deals a few weeks ago on Mountain Hardwear sleeping bags - around £100, and Cotswold recently had Marmot Never winter for £80. I know as I bought the never winter for the Mrs- but I have used it and is OK - but only OK
I was in my local branch of Cotswolds today, and saw a Robens 500 down bag. Rated to -1 (comfort) & -17 (extreme), but with a weight discrepancy (instore was 900g, web says 1300g - can anyone verify?) for £130.
Looks like just the ticket. I'm not familiar with the name, are Robens any good?
Thanks for you PM
Check out gooutdoors, they have a sale on Rab's down sleeping bag range.
awesome..this is a great use for us especially we love to always go outdoor/outings.
with matching korean backpacks we're good to go..
Where, near Derby is the Rab shop, slipped my attention has that one
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