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Cool light sleeping bag?

Question:
I am trying to find a light weight sleeping bag for backpacking in Central America , it should be light and easy to carry on a backpack and doesn't need to be very warm?

Answer:
Kevin,

We have not reviewed many warm weather sleeping bags, so I don't have a lot of field testing experience to base this on. One possibility is LL Bean's Summit series sleeping bag. They have 20 degree F and 40 degree F bags at reasonable prices, ranging from $115 to $140 US dollars, which is a very good value. The bags weigh from 2 pounds to 3 pounds 12 ounces. You can find more at www.llbean.com under Product Catalog, then in the Camping Section.

A great bag is the Feather Friends Widgeon, a down bag, but its price tag is high. It is comfortable at an amazing range of temperatures, and very warm in colder weather. In fact is it rated to -10 degrees F. It is light at just over 3 lbs. But you'll pay over $500 for it. The LL Bean is sounding better, right? You can check out a review of the Widgeon at http://www.gearreview.com/coldbagrev99.asp#FFWB.

Two other good companies are Western Mountaineering and Wiggys. Wiggys web site is http://www.wiggys.com. You can contact each of the companies by phone at the number listed in our manufacturers section at http://www.gearreview.com/manulist.asp?ini=W.

You might also want to consider a Design Salt liner. I first reviewed the liners about three years ago, and don't now never sleep in the field without one. I prefer the silk liner, with its light weight and good warmth, others like the flannel, which is heavier and slightly warmer than silk. In warm weather you can sleep in the liner on top of your bag, then crawl in the bag inside your liner with the zipper open as the temperature cools. This gives you more options for sleep combinations, and a wider range of comfortable temperatures. With a bag like the LL Bean Summit series, you could afford the $50 (suggested retail) liner. You can check out a review at http://www.gearreview.com/designsalt.asp.

I hope this helps.

Steve Mann
Editor
GearReview.com



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