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Offline Ty0604

Re: Recommended Temperature Rating for Sleeping Bag on TransAm
« Reply #30 on: October 26, 2015, 05:26:57 pm »
Sounds good, thanks again for the information.
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Offline atodaso

Re: Recommended Temperature Rating for Sleeping Bag on TransAm
« Reply #31 on: October 26, 2015, 11:23:39 pm »
I don't know much about hammock camping because the couple of times I've tried my back got chilled and the slumped over position with my feet arced upwards resulted in the worst nights sleep I think I've ever had,
BUT,
I can recommend an excellent sleeping bag for touring. Probably the best, lightest, most versatile and comfortable sleeping bag that I've ever come across: the Western Mountaineering Terralite. Well under 2 lbs, good down to 25 degrees (-4c), and wide enough so you can sleep with your knees completely bent. It's only downside is the price: $475.

Offline Ty0604

Re: Recommended Temperature Rating for Sleeping Bag on TransAm
« Reply #32 on: October 27, 2015, 12:03:20 am »
I don't know much about hammock camping because the couple of times I've tried my back got chilled and the slumped over position with my feet arced upwards resulted in the worst nights sleep I think I've ever had,
BUT,
I can recommend an excellent sleeping bag for touring. Probably the best, lightest, most versatile and comfortable sleeping bag that I've ever come across: the Western Mountaineering Terralite. Well under 2 lbs, good down to 25 degrees (-4c), and wide enough so you can sleep with your knees completely bent. It's only downside is the price: $475.

I have two bags and not sure which one I am taking. One is 1.8lbs and rated for 30 degrees and the other is 2lbs and rated for 40 degrees. The cold doesn't bother me so I'm thinking the 30 degree bag might be too warm. I grew up where it was super cold most of the time so even in my 40 degree bag I sleep with it open in the 30's.
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Offline walks.in2.trees

Re: Recommended Temperature Rating for Sleeping Bag on TransAm
« Reply #33 on: October 27, 2015, 01:26:58 pm »
I don't know much about hammock camping because the couple of times I've tried my back got chilled and the slumped over position with my feet arced upwards resulted in the worst nights sleep I think I've ever had,
BUT,
I can recommend an excellent sleeping bag for touring. Probably the best, lightest, most versatile and comfortable sleeping bag that I've ever come across: the Western Mountaineering Terralite. Well under 2 lbs, good down to 25 degrees (-4c), and wide enough so you can sleep with your knees completely bent. It's only downside is the price: $475.

I have two bags and not sure which one I am taking. One is 1.8lbs and rated for 30 degrees and the other is 2lbs and rated for 40 degrees. The cold doesn't bother me so I'm thinking the 30 degree bag might be too warm. I grew up where it was super cold most of the time so even in my 40 degree bag I sleep with it open in the 30's.
I would take the 30, you can always vent it.  Plus, watch the weather forecast as you go,  You can always have someone ship the other bag to a future stop along your route if you find it is too warm. Hammocking or tent camping, a down quilt set is much much better for less weight and pack space.

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Offline walks.in2.trees

Re: Recommended Temperature Rating for Sleeping Bag on TransAm
« Reply #34 on: October 27, 2015, 01:54:15 pm »
I don't know much about hammock camping because the couple of times I've tried my back got chilled and the slumped over position with my feet arced upwards resulted in the worst nights sleep I think I've ever had,
BUT,
I can recommend an excellent sleeping bag for touring. Probably the best, lightest, most versatile and comfortable sleeping bag that I've ever come across: the Western Mountaineering Terralite. Well under 2 lbs, good down to 25 degrees (-4c), and wide enough so you can sleep with your knees completely bent. It's only downside is the price: $475.
The brazillian hammock sleep-style, at an angle, prevents sleeping with your feet in the air.

Some people sleep on a pad, but a quilt-set for hammocks suspends an underquilt below the hammock, which you sink into, and you're covered by the top quilt which is designed similar to an unzipped mummy bag, with a footbox and no hood. It has less material though because the underquilt keeps  your back warm. It's warmer than a sleeping bag because your weight isn't compressing the insulation.  For even colder times, I replaced the foam back padding in my pack with a 36" wide by 72" long sheet of reflectix, folded up. I take that out for  strong wind and deep cold.  I'm going to  try to suspend it below my underquilt rather than sleeping directly on it to keep the condensation down. 

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Offline Ty0604

Re: Recommended Temperature Rating for Sleeping Bag on TransAm
« Reply #35 on: October 28, 2015, 04:46:39 pm »
I don't know much about hammock camping because the couple of times I've tried my back got chilled and the slumped over position with my feet arced upwards resulted in the worst nights sleep I think I've ever had,
BUT,
I can recommend an excellent sleeping bag for touring. Probably the best, lightest, most versatile and comfortable sleeping bag that I've ever come across: the Western Mountaineering Terralite. Well under 2 lbs, good down to 25 degrees (-4c), and wide enough so you can sleep with your knees completely bent. It's only downside is the price: $475.

I have two bags and not sure which one I am taking. One is 1.8lbs and rated for 30 degrees and the other is 2lbs and rated for 40 degrees. The cold doesn't bother me so I'm thinking the 30 degree bag might be too warm. I grew up where it was super cold most of the time so even in my 40 degree bag I sleep with it open in the 30's.
I would take the 30, you can always vent it.  Plus, watch the weather forecast as you go,  You can always have someone ship the other bag to a future stop along your route if you find it is too warm. Hammocking or tent camping, a down quilt set is much much better for less weight and pack space.

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All my belongings will be in storage while I'm traveling. I'm pretty much all by my self. Not much family left and don't know anyone where I live really! I appreciate all the advice though!
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Offline walks.in2.trees

Re: Recommended Temperature Rating for Sleeping Bag on TransAm
« Reply #36 on: October 29, 2015, 01:51:05 pm »
Then i would plan for worst cases. And another thing to do in that regard is to look up the record temps at various  key points along your route on Weather Underground where you can look up all kinds of data by day, month, or year (desktop version only). For instance, the  worst low temp ever for Albany NY was -34*F and in the Adirondacks was -40_something_*F that same day which was in mid-late January i think.  So i figured I'd be ok planning for -40*F for my winter  quilts.

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Offline Ty0604

Re: Recommended Temperature Rating for Sleeping Bag on TransAm
« Reply #37 on: October 29, 2015, 02:13:38 pm »
Then i would plan for worst cases. And another thing to do in that regard is to look up the record temps at various  key points along your route on Weather Underground where you can look up all kinds of data by day, month, or year (desktop version only). For instance, the  worst low temp ever for Albany NY was -34*F and in the Adirondacks was -40_something_*F that same day which was in mid-late January i think.  So i figured I'd be ok planning for -40*F for my winter  quilts.

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I'm not leaving until April 30 so I'm not too concerned with record lows especially with the forecast calling for a warmer and drier than normal spring and summer. Thanks for the information though!
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