/ Wanted: Sleeping bag suitable for biviing in in scottish winter
If you have anything please let me know
Hi I have an as new Rab summit 700 I could part with.
I have sent you an email.
Assuming you're not a sensitive soul, you can get decent ex army ones for about 30 squid on eBay..
A mountain hardware lamina 0 would probably do the job very nicely and although it's a bit big and heavy being synthetic it will be warm when wet.
Saying this, I've not used any of the new hydrophobic coated down product.
and there were some at a very nice price on sportpursuit.com
A lot gets said about down vs synthetic and their performance in the wet, but all sleeping bags are sh!te when wet. It's a mistake to think that you can get a synthetic bag wet with impunity
I guess this is the point where we respectfully agree to disagree. I've also spent a great deal of time bivouacking in wet conditions, although I've only ever owned one synthetic bag. My experience is that that you can keep a down bag dry [enough] in most conditions, and in the conditions that you can't, a synthetic bag would be overwhelmed too. As we both know there's no perfect bag, and preference is all down to what compromises a person is happiest with. For me the lightness and warmth of down is worth the extra care needed to keep it dry - especially since I'd be taking the same care if I was using a synthetic bag.
If it's wet/damp then a lightweight bivvy bag will keep the down dry, as long as it is breathable. Don't use a plastic bag!
As for sleeping mats, I think it's fairly popular to use a thin foam mat on the snow, then an inflatable mat (thermarest style) on top as extra warmth. Personally I don't bother as that's a lot of pack space, and just use a foam mat like the Z-lite which I strap to the outside of my pack.
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