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    Default Woman's 0 Degree Down?

    I am not a woman, as I hope many of you are aware, but my sister is. She's on the forum but never visits it. We're looking for a 0 Degree Down for her. She's 5'5" and we're looking to add a potential fleece liner to it as well. Budget is $200 MAX because that'd be pushing it. She'll have my Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad, after I get my new sleeping pad. Sleeping bag is a must, no quilts. Light weight if possible, she can't carry much. She would also have a wool blanket above and something to go under the sleeping pad.

    Suggestions needed, and if you've got experience with it, even better. I'm looking for sleeping bag only. A 5 pound weight limit is fine, she wouldn't be packing in the shelter or anything real heavy.

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    Winter hiking? Why a zero degree bag? Wool blankets are heavy They will compress the down and make her colder.

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    Because any other lower limit bag, that we've checked, is far above the price range. And my personal experience with a wool blanket, it's kept me warmer than without.

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    Hyke & Byke Snowmass 0 bag is $149.99, but then you can use discount code 15ONUS at their web site for $15 off. That's a unisex bag, which means it's probably not at true 0 bag for women, but you'll have $65 left of your $200 budget for a thick fleece blanket (which won't compress the down nearly as much as wool).

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    Why can't you move your price range? What is a zero degree bag for you, won't be for her. It will be more like a 20 degree bag. It would be more efficient to get a beefier bag and ditch the wool blanket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arsenul View Post
    I am not a woman, as I hope many of you are aware, but my sister is. She's on the forum but never visits it. We're looking for a 0 Degree Down for her. She's 5'5" and we're looking to add a potential fleece liner to it as well. Budget is $200 MAX because that'd be pushing it. She'll have my Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad, after I get my new sleeping pad. Sleeping bag is a must, no quilts. Light weight if possible, she can't carry much. She would also have a wool blanket above and something to go under the sleeping pad.

    Suggestions needed, and if you've got experience with it, even better. I'm looking for sleeping bag only. A 5 pound weight limit is fine, she wouldn't be packing in the shelter or anything real heavy.
    As of today, you can find a Kelty Cosmic Down 0F bag for $164.96 at (can we mention retailers? I'm not affiliated with them) - backcountry dot com. 4 lbs 3 oz. 600 fill power dri down. That's a sale, not a normal price.

    Should you run into trouble finding a bag that meets your specs without the benefits of a sale price, consider buying used on geartrade or craigslist. Build in the cost and time of washing and drying it with all the careful technique needed for down bags. [or trust that the seller washed it]

    In general there is a tradeoff between fill power (correlates with weight) and price, for any given temperature rating. The fact that you can allow for up to 5 lbs of bag is helpful in meeting your price goal.

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    The Kelty Cosmic Down 0F at $164.96 is listed as 4lb 3oz.
    But if you're willing to go over budget by $10, the Marmot Never Summer 0F at $209.21 is listed as 3lb 1oz.
    Campmor has a couple of bags available that are 0F below $200 (but their weight will be more in line with the Kelty mentioned above).
    One example: Mountain Hardware Women's Hotbed 0F at $179.98 is listed as 3lb 13oz.

    I would suggest also looking at what Campsaver.com has to offer...(I'd provide links but their website seems a bit hosed right now... isn't formatting correctly or something for me)
    On my phone, I could find a Mountain Hardward Lamina Z Blaze -15F at $194.21 is listed as 4lb 9oz (note, this is synthetic and not down).

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    Quote Originally Posted by egilbe View Post
    Why can't you move your price range?
    Say that out loud a few times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arsenul View Post
    I am not a woman, as I hope many of you are aware, but my sister is. She's on the forum but never visits it. We're looking for a 0 Degree Down for her. She's 5'5" and we're looking to add a potential fleece liner to it as well. Budget is $200 MAX because that'd be pushing it. She'll have my Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad, after I get my new sleeping pad. Sleeping bag is a must, no quilts. Light weight if possible, she can't carry much. She would also have a wool blanket above and something to go under the sleeping pad.

    Suggestions needed, and if you've got experience with it, even better. I'm looking for sleeping bag only. A 5 pound weight limit is fine, she wouldn't be packing in the shelter or anything real heavy.
    I just spent a crapload of hours researching sleeping bags and I will tell you this. You will be extremely lucky to find a bag that will keep you comfortable at 0*. You are going to have to shell out a lot more than $200 (unless you are willing to carry the extra weight). I settled for the Marmot Sawtooth 15. I'd be a fool to think it will keep me warm on a 15* night. Maybe keep me alive, but not let me get a good night's sleep. I'm thinking I could get decent sleep down to 28-32*. I also picked up a liner that is supposed to give another 15* of insulation, but I haven't tried it out yet. Good luck and Happy Trails.
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    So she'd like, Warm, Lightweight, under $200 and not a quilt.

    i agree with elgibe. It would be more efficient to get a beefier bag and ditch the wool blanket.

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    Maybe try eBay? I found a Big Agnes Elsie 15 degree bag for about $60 last year. It was a closeout deal - probably a return because it only fit up to a certain height. It was brand new, but about half the price of what it would have cost. It is 3lbs 6 oz. I can use it all seasons - if it's too hot just use it to lay on. I do have a liner too, so that helps with the ranges in temperatures that I can use it at. Plus, it keeps the sleeping bag cleaner. Not sure what you mean by she can't carry much - because a 5 lb sleeping bag is really heavy when you think about what else you have to carry. I'm 5'3 and carry up to 35 lbs fully loaded. I try to keep it at the 30 lb range. I also have back issues. So, whatever the fullest load is she can carry has to include all of her essentials. I just can't afford super light weight gear at the moment otherwise, if she can or you can - maybe look into a higher price point for lighter gear options.


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