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analyzer
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04/14/2019 04:21PM
So, now the wife and I are in the market for a down sleeping bag. Probably something in the 20 degree range, and not over $200. I'd prefer to spend less than $250.00 for 2 of them.

So Nette is 5'1" and I'm 6'1". The big fat old heavy bags we have now, we like to zip together and make one....well, at least we used to, the zippers have been broke for a number of years, so we just use them as under/over quilts.

If you like to zip bags together, can you do that with 2 different size bags?

I suppose I have to buy two bags that will fit me, huh?

I don't see how you can zip them together if they are mummy types, or even semi-rectangular. Maybe I should give up on that idea.

I don't like the confinement of mummy type bags. I flip around too much in my sleep, and side sleep alot. A semi rectangular would probably be better.

I've looked at some old threads, but some of those sleeping bags seem to have been discontinued. I don't think they make a kelty Coromell any more.

 
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schweady
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04/14/2019 04:41PM
Mummy bags can be zipped together if they are models that are meant to do so, no matter the individual length; the zippers don't extend all the way down to the end of the foot box. We have the North Face Cat's Meow. You would just need models with the same sized teeth on the zipper, and one 'left' and one 'right.' One could be a longer zipper that just doesn't close completely at the top. It's a much roomier sleep with a lot less twisting with the added space when zipped together.
 
Jaywalker
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04/14/2019 04:50PM
If either of you can sew or know someone who can, consider making a down double quilt. There are many very good YouTube vids, and top quality materials easily available. Cost would be probably between $100-150, and it would weigh very little (like under 2 lbs) and pack down very well.
 
LilyPond
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04/14/2019 07:35PM
It's getting harder to find a down sleeping bag for $200 or less, but it's possible with sale prices and coupons. My favorite rectangular down bag is the LL Bean 20, $250: https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/77723?page=llbean-down-sleeping-bag-with-downtek-rectangular-20

Those can often be found for quite a bit less at Bean outlets. As with the Exped MegaMat 12 Lite, this is a sleeping bag that I would buy sight unseen. The temperature rating is accurate in my experience. Not an ultralight, but not too heavy either.

The Kelty Cosmic 20 is one of the most affordable down sleeping bags and can often be found on sale:
Men's long $127: https://www.backcountrygear.com/kelty-cosmic-20.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIoI-q9O_Q4QIVB1cMCh0ryACMEAkYAiABEgKCyPD_BwE

Women's $117: https://www.backcountryedge.com/kelty-women-s-cosmic-20-degree-2016.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIs8uv_-_Q4QIViY-zCh1GNQMMEAkYASABEgLUTvD_BwE

Before you consider a sleeping bag by Big Agnes, make sure you understand the drawbacks of having no insulation on the bottom and having the sleeping bag pinned to the mattress. Try one in a store with a mattress inside the bottom pocket and hood cinched closed to see if you like that configuration. (I don't. Some people do.) In any case, your new mattress may not fit in a Big Agnes sleeping bag.

 
04/14/2019 08:57PM
Just took a quick look on Ebay, Nemo Tango Duo

I know used bags ick some folks, but I just recently purchased this SD Backcountry Bed 800 fill, and it's like new.

butthead
 
analyzer
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04/14/2019 10:07PM
butthead: "Just took a quick look on Ebay, Nemo Tango Duo


I know used bags ick some folks, but I just recently purchased this SD Backcountry Bed 800 fill, and it's like new.


butthead"


I'll keep watching. That nemo is designed for two 20" pads. I just bought the megamat lite-12 LW, I think they're 25" wide.
 
Birdknowsbest
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04/15/2019 02:49AM
Look into Big Agnes. I have 3 of their bags and one is 2 person my wife and I use.
 
mjmkjun
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04/15/2019 04:49AM
I think you should up your budget to $300 for two sleep bags. It'll give you an edge/ budget for decent quality bags rated 20*. Catch the sales or clearances to get down bags in your budget.
Yep, on the Big Agnes brand, you have to pair sleep bag's bottom envelope & air mat dimensions.
Factor-in that men's and women's sleep bags are designed differently and may not zip together. Likely, you'll end up buying 2 men's bags of same size to have the versatility of zipping together.
 
LilyPond
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04/15/2019 08:41AM
Woops, I didn't see that you want to pay $250 for TWO bags, hence $125 each. In that case take a look at the Kelty Galactic 30.

Check the reviews carefully regarding the accuracy of the temperature rating if you plan to use it in the spring and fall. Some say it's way off, others disagree. You can also add a silk liner for more warmth. I prefer a reliably rated 20F bag for spring and fall.



 
Savage Voyageur
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04/15/2019 08:48AM
The last bags I bought that zipped together was the Cats Meow by North Face. They were synthetic filled. They have a left and right side zipper. They also were different sizes, so that should answer part of your questions.

Look into the bags at REI. The one I bought was duck down, not goose down. It has held up nicely at an affordable price. They are cut wider than a mummy bag and kind of roomy. As far as the $250 price point you might get close with a sale price with your dividend. I’m not sure if these can be attached together, but they will get you close to your price.
 
04/15/2019 09:42AM
you can find Big Agnes double sleeping bags on SteepandCheap in your price range right now.
 
04/15/2019 12:54PM
"Yep, on the Big Agnes brand, you have to pair sleep bag's bottom envelope & air mat dimensions."

Not so much with the new versions. They now use stretch fabric for some sleeves allowing 20 and 25 inch mattress to fit. Flex Pad Sleeve
New is probably out of analyzer's intention but worth mention here.

butthead
 
tashit
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04/15/2019 12:57PM
My wife and I have Nemo down bags that zip together. They are both the 'spoon' shape as they call them. I personally can't stand mummy bags so these are great for us. We have a Disco and a Rhapsody. I found hers on Sierra Trading Post a few years ago for around $150 and I don't think mine was over $200. My wife found that one on sale somewhere as well.
 
scotttimm
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04/15/2019 01:04PM
I'm looking for the same for my son. Check out the Hyke and Byke brand on Amazon, in the $115-200 range and have really good reviews (I do not have one, just know from my own research). I bought an Aegis Max UL bag, and I love it. I'm making a fleece liner to give me another 10-15 degrees but it is less than 2 lbs and smaller than a nalgene bottle for less than $80!

Hyke and Byke Amazon.com

Aegis Max UL
 
mgraber
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04/15/2019 02:12PM
LilyPond: "It's getting harder to find a down sleeping bag for $200 or less, but it's possible with sale prices and coupons. My favorite rectangular down bag is the LL Bean 20, $250: https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/77723?page=llbean-down-sleeping-bag-with-downtek-rectangular-20


Those can often be found for quite a bit less at Bean outlets. As with the Exped MegaMat 12 Lite, this is a sleeping bag that I would buy sight unseen. The temperature rating is accurate in my experience. Not an ultralight, but not too heavy either.


The Kelty Cosmic 20 is one of the most affordable down sleeping bags and can often be found on sale:
Men's long $127: https://www.backcountrygear.com/kelty-cosmic-20.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIoI-q9O_Q4QIVB1cMCh0ryACMEAkYAiABEgKCyPD_BwE


Women's $117: https://www.backcountryedge.com/kelty-women-s-cosmic-20-degree-2016.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIs8uv_-_Q4QIViY-zCh1GNQMMEAkYASABEgLUTvD_BwE


Before you consider a sleeping bag by Big Agnes, make sure you understand the drawbacks of having no insulation on the bottom and having the sleeping bag pinned to the mattress. Try one in a store with a mattress inside the bottom pocket and hood cinched closed to see if you like that configuration. (I don't. Some people do.) In any case, your new mattress may not fit in a Big Agnes sleeping bag.


"


My wife and I also have the LLBEAN rectangular down bags. It is SOOO nice to get away from the mummy style bags. Although not ultra light, about 2 1/2 lbs is reasonable for all that room and ability to roll around. Definitely comfy in to the low 30's. They are often on sale. we got one for 20% off and the other 30% off. I've tried many bags over the years, some very expensive, but will never as long as I live sleep in another mummy! These can be zipped together to form a large rectangular bag.
 
mjmkjun
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04/15/2019 03:34PM
butthead: ""Yep, on the Big Agnes brand, you have to pair sleep bag's bottom envelope & air mat dimensions."


Not so much with the new versions. They now use stretch fabric for some sleeves allowing 20 and 25 inch mattress to fit. Flex Pad Sleeve
New is probably out of analyzer's intention but worth mention here.


butthead"

Did not know. That is a very, very smart marketing upgrade on Big Agnes's part.
 
analyzer
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04/15/2019 05:59PM
butthead: ""Yep, on the Big Agnes brand, you have to pair sleep bag's bottom envelope & air mat dimensions."


Not so much with the new versions. They now use stretch fabric for some sleeves allowing 20 and 25 inch mattress to fit. Flex Pad Sleeve
New is probably out of analyzer's intention but worth mention here.


butthead"


Thanks for the link. That sounds nice.

Yes, It appears I may have to increase my budget.

Starts to get expensive.

Canoe $3,400.
Tarp $90
Pads $350
Stove $105
Sleeping bags $350
Paddling WCPP.... priceless...

Well not really, lol.

Might have to wait on the chairs...

 
analyzer
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04/15/2019 06:05PM
mgraber: "


My wife and I also have the LLBEAN rectangular down bags. It is SOOO nice to get away from the mummy style bags. Although not ultra light, about 2 1/2 lbs is reasonable for all that room and ability to roll around. Definitely comfy in to the low 30's. They are often on sale. we got one for 20% off and the other 30% off. I've tried many bags over the years, some very expensive, but will never as long as I live sleep in another mummy! These can be zipped together to form a large rectangular bag."


Yeah, I think I'm going to be in that boat... I don't think my wife nor I want to be in a mummy bag. I'm not sure what a spoon bag is, I guess I'll have to figure that out.
 
analyzer
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04/15/2019 06:06PM
scotttimm: "I'm looking for the same for my son. Check out the Hyke and Byke brand on Amazon, in the $115-200 range and have really good reviews (I do not have one, just know from my own research). I bought an Aegis Max UL bag, and I love it. I'm making a fleece liner to give me another 10-15 degrees but it is less than 2 lbs and smaller than a nalgene bottle for less than $80!


Hyke and Byke Amazon.com


Aegis Max UL "


Thanks for all of your responses. Everyone has been such a great help. I appreciate it.
 
bri
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04/16/2019 02:22PM
 
LilyPond
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04/16/2019 10:08PM
scotttimm: "Check out the Hyke and Byke brand on Amazon, in the $115-200 range and have really good reviews "

Thanks for posting this. I never heard of this company before. Spent some time looking around their website and this looks like a great company with very affordable down sleeping bags. Really too bad they don't make a rectangular bag! They say their hammock bags are cut 4" wider, so maybe that would satisfy some people looking for a wider bag.
 
analyzer
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04/30/2019 07:13PM
LilyPond: "It's getting harder to find a down sleeping bag for $200 or less, but it's possible with sale prices and coupons. My favorite rectangular down bag is the LL Bean 20, $250: https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/77723?page=llbean-down-sleeping-bag-with-downtek-rectangular-20

Those can often be found for quite a bit less at Bean outlets. As with the Exped MegaMat 12 Lite, this is a sleeping bag that I would buy sight unseen. The temperature rating is accurate in my experience. Not an ultralight, but not too heavy either."

Lily, I ordered two of the LL Bean 20 degree down tek rectangular bags, one regular, and one long. LL Bean had them 25% off until May 2nd. Couldn't pass that up.

Thanks for your help.
 
LilyPond
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05/01/2019 07:04PM
analyzer: "Lily, I ordered two of the LL Bean 20 degree down tek rectangular bags, one regular, and one long. LL Bean had them 25% off until May 2nd. Couldn't pass that up.
Thanks for your help."


Analyzer, you're living up to your name. Alright, you now have top-notch mattresses and sleeping bags, purchased at good sale prices. What's next? Can I interest you in a Kelty Trailridge 3 tent? Discontinued model $145 at Sunny Sports: https://www.sunnysports.com/p-kltttr3/kelty-trail-ridge-3-tent-discontinued?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0MPU1Mb74QIVmUsNCh16zwlTEAQYBCABEgIuYvD_BwE

WHY: One of the most spacious 3Ps on the market, especially in the height (47"). Brow pole makes the head area very spacious. Cheap, so you can recover from the money you spent on the sleeping bags and mattresses. Reasonable 6 lbs 5 oz. Holds up well in the rain. Sunny Sports are surprisingly good people to deal with, despite their Manhattan location.
 
BuckFlicks
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05/06/2019 11:30AM
Big Agnes Lost ranger. Roomier than mummies, less than $200. Boom.
 
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