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Offline Figaro

AegisMax UL Sleeping Bag thoughts
« on: December 25, 2017, 02:49:34 pm »
I'm slowly collecting my gear for the TransAm next year. Have my Trek520 an Ortlieb handlebar bag, Ortlieb rear panniers are on the way, have an MSR Hubba Hubba NX tent. I'll be doing unsupported and plan to stay in motels some and campings some--maybe 50/50. I want to travel light. So, I'm now researching sleeping bags and am thinking about the AegisMax UL bag. Thoughts are welcome...I'm  mainly concerned about whether this may be enough for nights in the rockies--I can handle cold pretty well, but am just not familiar with weather in the northwest nights in mid June to mid July. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY1bJPSZWnY

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Re: AegisMax UL Sleeping Bag thoughts
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2017, 04:36:10 pm »
take a look at the Big Agnes Encampment 15deg F Sleeping bag
https://www.bigagnes.com/Encampment-15_2

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I have been using the Big Agnes Encampment 15deg F Sleeping bag since 8-2012 for
my Stealth Bicycle Camping trips in  Southern California and I love using it
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Re: AegisMax UL Sleeping Bag thoughts
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2017, 05:27:43 pm »
It may never get below freezing. If it does, it’ll only be once or twice. Stay in a motel those nights.

Offline Figaro

Re: AegisMax UL Sleeping Bag thoughts
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2017, 05:46:34 pm »
take a look at the Big Agnes Encampment 15deg F Sleeping bag
https://www.bigagnes.com/Encampment-15_2

YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIAQhEYK6t8

I have been using the Big Agnes Encampment 15deg F Sleeping bag since 8-2012 for
my Stealth Bicycle Camping trips in  Southern California and I love using it

Looks like a great bag....especially with the pad on the bottom. But is a little larger than I’m wanting to carry.

Offline Figaro

Re: AegisMax UL Sleeping Bag thoughts
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2017, 05:47:12 pm »
It may never get below freezing. If it does, it’ll only be once or twice. Stay in a motel those nights.

Thanks John.

Offline Nyimbo

Re: AegisMax UL Sleeping Bag thoughts
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2017, 06:16:03 pm »
I’m terribly afraid of cold so I wanted a warm bag. I did have a couple nights where motel was not available - one in Yellowstone in early July was below freezing.. 

Someone posted a suggestion here when I was purchasing to buy two bags which is what I did. I used the warm bag from Oregon to Pueblo and then shipped it home and picked up my lightweight bag that I mailed  to a friends home. And carried on the second half with a light weight more appropriate bag for the rest of the trip east.

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Re: AegisMax UL Sleeping Bag thoughts
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2017, 07:35:39 pm »
My philosophy on bags is to assume that on the coldest night, I will be simultaneously wearing every article of clothing I brought with me inside the sleeping bag. Then I buy the right bag for that assumption. Also remember that you won’t (or shouldn’t) be sleeping on the top of the Pass. You’ll descend to some place much lower before making camp.

I agree with Nyimbo that Yellowstone is most likely the coldest place on the TransAm that you will camp without a reasonable indoor alternative (unless you pay a fortune and make reservations a year in advance).

Offline Figaro

Re: AegisMax UL Sleeping Bag thoughts
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2017, 07:47:03 pm »
Yes, I'll be leaving mid to late May going East to West, so hopefully won't experience extreme cold--I think I can handle a couple nights of 30 degree weather in a lightweight sleeping bag with layered clothing if needed. Just doing some research to find the right bag that will compress into a small package and is under a couple pounds ideally.

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Re: AegisMax UL Sleeping Bag thoughts
« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2017, 09:20:39 pm »
Your air mattress makes a huge difference to your warmth too.