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    sleeping bag...

    I have a sleeping bag from The North Face and I really love the color and how it looks but I am really having a hard time getting it to go in my backpack. I am thinking about selling the one I have now and trying to get something that compresses a bit better so I have more room in my backpack. I don't think that a compression bag will make it much smaller, its a 20 degree bag and its made out of heatseeker insulation. I need advise on what to do...?
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    I think down compresses small and is light. More expensive too I think. I still use my Military extreme weather mummy bag lol thing prolly weighs 10 pounds! But **** is it warm.

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    A down top quilt and under quilt will definitely get you more compact and lighter if weight is also a concern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Azura View Post
    I am thinking about selling the one I have now and trying to get something that compresses a bit better so I have more room in my backpack. I don't think that a compression bag will make it much smaller, its a 20 degree bag and its made out of heatseeker insulation. I need advise on what to do...?
    My advice would be to get a bigger backpack. (and then resist the temptation to put any extra heavy stuff in it )

    I put my synthetic bag in an OutdoorResearch compression sac, and it does compress fairly well, but it's a lot lighter bag (MountainHardwear Lamina35 which really should be rated at 45 deg, IMO) than your North Face.

    OR Compression sac with air purge 'bleeder panel'
    http://www.mec.ca/product/5031-036/o...ression-sacks/

    My thoughts:
    1-Down compresses (and re-lofts when dry) better than synthetic, BUT
    2-Down is almost useless when damp/wet
    3-The new water-repellent treated down is expensive

    so, synthetic fill would be my choice if out for more than one night...

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    yes, as others said, synthetic fills do not compress very much. Down will compress far better than any synthetic will, but with that, comes a higher price and a little more care. So you'll need to weigh the pro's and con's to what will suit you better.

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    Not sure what pack you are using but, a Dry Bag strapped to the outside? As long as you're not bushwacking and have a pack cover or Poncho that will provide sufficient coverage.

    Might work until you can make further equipment adjustments.(Money)
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    You can also use a 1.2 mil compactor bag as a pack liner . I use that and my pack cover and have never had wet down and I have hiked for 35 years up and down the east coast!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moondoggy View Post
    You can also use a 1.2 mil compactor bag as a pack liner . I use that and my pack cover and have never had wet down and I have hiked for 35 years up and down the east coast!
    Like you, I can't recall ever having a problem getting down gear wet when it was stuffed/packed.
    Frost or condensation getting on the sleeping bag will get it wet, and water can be transferred from other wet gear - down seems to have a magic attractive quality for moisture! If you don't use vapor barrier sleeping clothing or a vapor barrier bag liner, the bag will get damp in cool/cold weather, and things get worse night after night if there is no chance to 'dry out' the bag during the day.

    It's less of a problem in a hammock than in a (small) tent or bivy bag, for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fallkniven View Post
    yes, as others said, synthetic fills do not compress very much.
    And don't make my mistake and buy a synthetic bag that has great compressibility specs, and find that it is just very thin (for its temperature rating)!

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    Maybe turn your bag into a top quilt?
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