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Old 01-05-2006, 11:58 PM   #1
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I am leaving for Europe in about 5 days and have decided to get a sleeping bag for the hostels (I get cold very easily!)

What's a good brand sleeping bag I can buy at a place like REI? My goal is to get something ultra light-weight and as small as possible... but at a decent price, of course. Is the lightest you can go about under a pound?

I have no clue what to get and I already have 2 sleeping bags I am not happy with, so any help would be appreciated! Thanks so much everyone.
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:25 AM   #2
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Last night, I picked up a Coleman fleece 50 degree F sleeping bag for $10.75. I think this is it, but mine is tan...

http://www.coleman.com/coleman/colemancom/...categoryid=9010



I haven't measured or weighed it yet, but it is farily light and compact- particularly compared to other cheap fleece bags I've seen, which are often far too thick and long (e.g. "Ozark Trail"). It takes slightly more room in my pack than my large (but medium to thin weight) fleece jacket, which I do NOT have a stuff-sack for. The bag, however, comes in a nice little nylon and mesh stuff-sack, and you can't beat the price either. It should be fine for hostels, but I got mine for camping on the beach and in huts in Thailand next week (along with a silk sleep sack and a mylar space blanket if it gets cold). If during your trip you decide you don't need a bag, and want more room in your pack instead, just ditch it- after all, it was only $10.75.
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Fleece sleeping bags are light, compact, and surprisingly warm!

Just keep in mind that most hostels will not allow you to use a sleeping bag, often out of health regulation involving bed bugs...
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i bought a silk sleep sack for my trip (even though its still far away) and its way warmer than i thought it would be...and folds up very small into its own lil carry case
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As far as brands for Ultralite sleeping bags that still keep warmth....US brands, the first brand I would look at is Sierra Designs, and then there are many other decent brands..... Outside the US check out Vango, thesy make great ultralite sleeping bags
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In case you're curious, I just measured that coleman sleeping bag while in the stuff sack. It is a cylinder 6.5" in diameter and 10.5" long. That is 348 cubic inches / 5.7 L / 1.5 gallons. I don't have a small scale, but I picked up an object that I know to weigh 1 pound, and it felt roughly the same. So the weight is very good, volume is OK, and the price is unbeatable.
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Originally posted by omisan@Jan 6 2006, 01:06 PM
Fleece sleeping bags are light, compact, and surprisingly warm!

Just keep in mind that most hostels will not allow you to use a sleeping bag, often out of health regulation involving bed bugs...
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are you serious....i just bought a light Northface sleeping bag that fits perfectly into my pack. shit.
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are you serious....i just bought a light Northface sleeping bag that fits perfectly into my pack. shit.
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Yep I have been in hostels where they don't want you using your sleeping bag in their beds for health reasons. All the hostels I said in were very clean and I often got fresh sheets in a bag to put on the bed myself.

Apparently bedbugs really like sleeping bags since they don't get cleaned along and it's the easiest way to spread them. It's always nice to have something familiar to sleep in though too.

Mebbe just check out their website (if they have one) to find out if they don't like them.

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Yep I have been in hostels where they don't want you using your sleeping bag in their beds for health reasons.* All the hostels I said in were very clean and I often got fresh sheets in a bag to put on the bed myself.*

Apparently bedbugs really like sleeping bags since they don't get cleaned along and it's the easiest way to spread them.* It's always nice to have something familiar to sleep in though too.

Mebbe just check out their website (if they have one) to find out if they don't like them.

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maybe i should just leave the northface sleeping bag at home and use the space in my pack for something else..
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where i have been, the regulations involving sleeping bags are very strict, tghey dont even allow camping gear of any kind into a room. it makes sense, but i say if no one knows, no one gets hurt.

just try to keep yourself clean.
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i was actually wondering about the whole bedding thing... can you trust that you will get clean sheets at hostels or should i take a liner/sleepsheet thing whatever you want to call it? I am used to taking my sleeping bag everywhere as it compacts to smaller than a football and i always just throw it in 'just in case'. I am going to europe for a few months and when not staying at friends houses, i'll be in hostels the whole time
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^i was talkin to some chick the other day and she said when she went if she didnt like the look of the bed but couldnt be bothered findin somewhere else to stay she used a bed sheet which she stiched up the sides and made it into a sleep sack thing and just slept in that... she made it before she left...

anyone else done this?
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i havent gotten to use it in a hostel yet, but i bought a silk sleep sack on ebay for like $20....and thats what i plan on using this summer
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Yeah Ive got one of those silk sleep sheets from REI and its pretty nice. Its small enough to put in your day pack for those times when you find yourself having to sleep outside for the night. Fairly warm for being so thin too. But most of the time you will not need a sleep sheet or sleeping bag, and no one in hostels uses them from what Ive seen. Sheets are apways clean and frsh in most hostels you will stay in.
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^ speaking of silk sheets / bad liners, I LOVE the one I have: made by JagBags in New Zealand. Seriouslt worth ordering, and they are VERY good quality
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