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BOB question: sleeping bags

 
Wizard's First Rule

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BOB question: sleeping bags
I've been putting together a disaster preparation kit. I read a lot of the previous threads on this site about BOBs, but didn't see any mention of sleeping bags.

I need to keep it somewhat inexpensive, and I've found these options so far:

Slumberjack Latitude 0 Degree Sleeping Bag (64.95)
[link to www.amazon.com]

Pro: Compactible; can also get -20 version for same price
Con: No reviews on this specific sleeping bag, but Slumberjacks tend to be overrated when it comes to their degrees - I'd have to consider getting the -20 version

Swiss Gear Salzburg 10-Degree Mummy Sleeping Bag ($39.00)
[link to www.amazon.com]

Pro: Highly rated; very warm
Con: Not very compactible; doesn't come with a stuff sack

Suisse Sport Adult Adventurer Mummy Ultra-Compactable Sleeping Bag ($28.00)
[link to www.amazon.com]

Pro: Very compactible; can fit in your hand
Con: only rate 30 degrees

Thoughts? Should I be shooting for compactibility or warmth?

Last Edited by Embernight Walker on 08/13/2011 09:21 AM
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Re: BOB question: sleeping bags
Depends on where you live, if your up north then get as good a one as you can afford. If your down here in Texas like me all you need is foam pad and some underwear...
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Re: BOB question: sleeping bags
I live in Arizona. That said, if I were to ever bug out, I'd head for the mountains in the Mogollon rim. It can get quite cold there if it is winter.

I am leaning toward getting both the $28 bag and the $65 bag, so I have some versatility. The $39 bag is clearly a good quality bag based on its reviews, but its lack of compactibility is a big draw back.
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08/13/2011 09:27 AM
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Re: BOB question: sleeping bags
I reckon it depends on your climate..
Personalty, I don't keep a sleeping bag in my bug-out bag.
Everything that goes into that pack is multi-purpose.

So, for a sleeping bag(type thing)
I have 2 contractor trashbags(super heavy duty, Jokingly call them cadaver bags), and a super warm blanket.

Things one can do with a Trashbag are near endless, as well as a blanket.

oz's = pounds
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08/13/2011 09:29 AM
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Re: BOB question: sleeping bags
I live in Arizona. That said, if I were to ever bug out, I'd head for the mountains in the Mogollon rim. It can get quite cold there if it is winter.

I am leaning toward getting both the $28 bag and the $65 bag, so I have some versatility. The $39 bag is clearly a good quality bag based on its reviews, but its lack of compactibility is a big draw back.
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You can also get a MOLLE Sleep carrier, normally they easily attach to framed packs it makes transport easy.
Let it be known, that the so called elitist’s liberties are not the grants of princes or parliaments. That many of our rights are inherent and essential. Agreed on as maxims and established as preliminaries even before government existed. We have a right to them, derived from our maker. Our forefathers have earned liberty at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasures, and their blood. Liberty is not built on the doctrine that a few NOBLES have the right to inherit the earth. It stands on this principal that the meanest and the lowest of people are by the unalterable, indefeasible laws of god and nature as well entitled to the benefit of the air to breath, light to see, food to eat, or clothes to wear as the nobles, or even a king. That is liberty, and liberty will reign in America!
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Re: BOB question: sleeping bags
I live in Arizona. That said, if I were to ever bug out, I'd head for the mountains in the Mogollon rim. It can get quite cold there if it is winter.

I am leaning toward getting both the $28 bag and the $65 bag, so I have some versatility. The $39 bag is clearly a good quality bag based on its reviews, but its lack of compactibility is a big draw back.
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I bought a bag rated at -30 back when I was doing a lot of winter camping in the Colorado Rockies. It was great for that, but waaay too warm for summer use. In the mountains, you pretty much have to have 2 different bags for the different seasons.
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08/13/2011 09:32 AM
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Off-topic: I am re-reading that book for the 3rd time. Thank you, Terry Goodkind.
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Re: BOB question: sleeping bags
Keep it as light as possible and to the lowest temp rating as you can afford. I would rather be too warm than than too cold.
Hope that helps.
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Re: BOB question: sleeping bags
Oh-sorry, OP. Forgot what I was here for. I have a North Face down-filled bag that is rated -10 below zero. It is a mummy with zipper to match with my husband's bag. Kinda tight but the body heat is well-trapped.
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Re: BOB question: sleeping bags
Go for warmth over compactness. If you can't get warm, you wont sleep & lack of sleep can be dangerous for several reasons, especially in a survival situation.
The extra bulk is a small sacrifice.
I have a 500 gsm bag which comes in a sleeve with straps that can be tightened so much that it will shrink down to about 1 cubic foot. That's small enough to fit into a rucksack with plenty of room left over.

If you can afford duck down, get that over synthetic... a quality military surplus bag is the best.
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Re: BOB question: sleeping bags
Don't cheap out on this, I have this and have used it in my travels.

I was on a small Island in Maine during a blizzard in a pup tent (of my own) with others there who woke cold. I was fresh and very warm!

It was and incredible feeling to strike camp at night with low visibility then crawl into that bag!

Other than our initial arrival, and discovering why you break for moose, that experience will be treasured!

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Re: BOB question: sleeping bags
IMHO, it is best to start by defining the purpose of your 'BOB'.

Since a BOB is typically intended to get a person by as they bug out (usually to another safe zone) and is limited in its carrying capacity, it should be tailored to objective and have only those things which are necessary for the objective.

Can you share a little about what the intent of your BOB is?

Is it to get you from point a to point b or did you have another intended use?

TIA.
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Re: BOB question: sleeping bags
IMHO, it is best to start by defining the purpose of your 'BOB'.

Since a BOB is typically intended to get a person by as they bug out (usually to another safe zone) and is limited in its carrying capacity, it should be tailored to objective and have only those things which are necessary for the objective.

Can you share a little about what the intent of your BOB is?

Is it to get you from point a to point b or did you have another intended use?

TIA.
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Valid point.

Wight-60lbs
Intent- Well, not something I'm going to keep with me all the time. After the retreat, and reaching a safe spot, it would be stashed. Only taking what I need for on foot scout.
After finding\making adequate shelter, it would be relocated and restocked if I had to high-tail it again.
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I live in Arizona. That said, if I were to ever bug out, I'd head for the mountains in the Mogollon rim. It can get quite cold there if it is winter.
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Average low temps in that area are in the 20's. So a 'good' sleeper rated at or below would likely be adequate. If you wish to purchase a sleeping bag, I think the slumberjack would be a decent choice at that price point.

The Slumberjack latitude 0 is found cheaper here:

[link to www.sunnysports.com]

peace,
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Re: BOB question: sleeping bags
IMHO, it is best to start by defining the purpose of your 'BOB'.

Since a BOB is typically intended to get a person by as they bug out (usually to another safe zone) and is limited in its carrying capacity, it should be tailored to objective and have only those things which are necessary for the objective.

Can you share a little about what the intent of your BOB is?

Is it to get you from point a to point b or did you have another intended use?

TIA.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1194370



Valid point.

Wight-60lbs
Intent- Well, not something I'm going to keep with me all the time. After the retreat, and reaching a safe spot, it would be stashed. Only taking what I need for on foot scout.
After finding\making adequate shelter, it would be relocated and restocked if I had to high-tail it again.
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Thanks for your reply. Load out wieght is a serious consideration. Also the duration and complexity of the hike. 60 lbs may be suitable for some but impossible for others.

A 100oz bladder of water is 7 lbs. Weight adds up quickly when it is on your back.

peace,

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