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Due to some unnamed technical glitch, I just now recieved your Sept. 2nd ques toms outlet tion. I apologize for the tardy answer on behalf of both AllExperts and the funky Montana internet connector I am forced to use here in the boon docks. I hope the delay does not cause you a problem.

A single sleeping bag that fits all conditions is in many backpackers/trekkers minds the true quest for the Holy Grail!!!! Don’t worry about your wondering, we all ask the same question every year when the gear manufacturers bring thier new gear to trade shows across the world.

Here’s what I know. The perfect bag (4 season comfortable, light. water and wind proof) does not exist. It is a figment of my, and many other, imaginations. But there are alternatives that can make one bag work in multiple setti toms outlet ngs and environments. I’ll try to give you my take on the problem you’re facing.

First off, being a backpacker for about 35 years now, I have a basement full of bags by a dozen manufacturers. I have the 5 lb. goose feather Army surplus bag I bought in 1968 for $7.00 toms outlet (vintage 1943) from an Army/Navy surplus center. I have test bags from my Guide days that I lend out to people I don’t like. I have state of the art 1 pound polarguard bags that have no zippers and fit like a banana peel. I have classic summer bags, a couple heavyduty blizzard proof winter bags and a plethoria of 3 season bags both down and fiberfill. In another 10 years I may open a sleeping bag museum!

As a newcomer to carrying your house on your back, you no doubt are confused about all the options availabe. That’s OK. Everyone has to search for the bag that best fits the types of trips, the natural conditions and their own physiology.

Take me for example. I sleep w toms outlet arm. That means a bag that is rated to 40 degrees F will be fine for me at 27 28 degrees. The same bag will provide my wife with a miserable nights sleep at 50 degrees F. I hike in the wet mountains of Canada and the Pacific NW US. Down bags are lighter but don’t work if they get wet. I usually go synthetic for safety sake. If I’m headed to the SW US deserts, I’m carrying down. I’m old. I know how far I can walk with a 30 lb load and that my needs can’t handel the 65 lb packs I carried in my 20’s. I ALWAYS opt for the lightest solution I can find, even if it cost me a few bucks extra.

All that being said, sleeping bag liners can, and do, provide additional warmth to any bag. They also allow you to launder the liner and not the bag, thus prolonging the life of the bag. Full length, or 3/4 length zippers allow you to ventilate better than bags that have 1/2 zips or less thereby allowing you yo use a 20 degree bag on a 55 degree night.

My solution for winter use however rarely uses a liner. I do own one that is pure silk and weighs a mere 2 1/2 ounces. If I use that liner I figure I get an additonal 8 10 Degree top end bump. Not always enought.

Starting with a 3 season bag good to 32 degrees F, heres what I do for most colder nights. I always wear a balaclava to sleep in, protecting my head and keeping my body heat in. Sometimes I wear my wool beanie as well. I wear all the dry clothing I am carrying to bed. The old advice os sleeping naked, or near naked makes little sense when you are trying to stay warm. I will use my silk liner if I can fit into it with all my dry layers on. If not, I don’t.

I fill a water bottle with hot water just before bed and put it in a ziplock baggie inside the bag at my feet. I use a thicker sleeping pad in the winter than summer for ground insulation. I use my backpack, stuff sacks and anything else I can find for additional insulation under my sleeping pad. Lastly I unfold the 1 ounce emergency blanket I carry in my first aid kit, spread it across my torso and tuck it loosely around my bag. My 32 degrree bag (Marmot Helium 1lb 8 ounce) will keep me warm and toasty down to about 0 degrees F.

If I’m going to be colder, I start with a lower rated base bag. Anyhow, it works for me. I came back from a 10 day float/hike/fishing trip in Alaska on Sept 2nd. Nights were in the upper 30’s F. I did fine with a 45 degree bag, some spare clothing and my balaclava. Never zippered my bag past 1/2 way.

If you’re looking at liners, check for shoulder girth, materials uses in construction, length and weight. There are lots out on the market and they all no doubt will lower the temp rating of your bag.

If you want to learn more about bag options, field ratings etc. Those guys do a good job of putting gear to the real test. Or google sleeping bag liners. Should be lots there.