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    Lightbulb How well would a cheap sleeping bag work?

    I have an old Coleman sleeping bag. It's pretty heavy and not very tight fitting but I think it would work great as an all around bag. Its probably only like a 40-50 degree bag. My plan is to make a small hole in the bottom to thread the hammock suspension through and then I would just slip into the sleeping bag and pull it up on myself. How well would this work as insulation for camping? I live in Maryland and like to camp from about April to October.

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    Honest it doesn't, because you are below the Mason Dixon line you are lulled into false sense of security....


    Hey I am not a mean guy,,, but you need to add some more detail about the conditions where you like to hike and Coleman is the Walmart of bags,,
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    Just make sure that it is tight and snug up against your back and buttocks......
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    Shug... you are clearly temp insensitive as much as I am... I have frozen my butt off in his town....
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    I used an old, and probably worse then walmart, sleeping bag like you are describing. I didn't cut a whole I just pulled the stitching on the very end of the zipper. I pulled the thread out about 10 inches. I then just wrapped the bag around the hammock and zipped it up. I was able to then pull the bag up almost to just under my arms. I then just made sure the zipper was jammed so it wouldn't unzip in the night. I then just used a small self inflating big agnes thermapad up under my back. I left it just barely inflated. I also use a 30 degree mummy bag as a tq. I was good down into the upper 20's. I plan on rigging the bag into an uq.

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    I'm warm natured myself so I've always used 'bargain' sleeping bags for the most part ... coupled with a good ground pad, dry sleeping attire, and usually a fleece bag liner in real cold weather..

    My thought is try it one night in your backyard during a cold snap and see what you think. If its unbearable invest in a better sleep system, or augment your current one..

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    sorry about lack of details. I am aware that the coleman is cheap. That's why I don't mind cutting it up. When I camp, it gets down to about 38 on normal nights. Some nights it gets down to about 30. I like sleeping in warmer clothes than most people. I often sleep with a jacket on and pants.

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    In the summer i use a 20$ sleeping bag. It's for winter camping in col climates that you need something better. The other reason is that f.ex a more expensive down bag is probably going to be lighter, and compact better for packing. Thus Leaving you more space for beer. ;-)

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