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Winter camping essentials: Sleeping Bags

Posted by admin | Adventure | Saturday 16 October 2010 4:01 pm
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MEC in Montreal offers a wide range of winter sleeping bags. Crawling into a sleeping bag that you know is going to be warm and comfortable is one of the singular pleasures of backcountry adventure. Just as a good sleeping bag can make for a good night’s sleep, an ill-suited one can spell discomfort or worse.

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  1. Comment by groceryman1974 — October 16, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

    HEHE She is so cute and she said pee bottle.

  2. Comment by PatriotPrepper — October 16, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

    Great video. I love down bags. I used to live in a cold climate and owned several down comforters of various weights, down jackets, and down sleeping bags. But as you stated, if it gets wet, not so good. I am slowly transitioning to synthetic. More weight, but I believe more durability, less cost, and better heat retention in wet weather. You are really a smart young lady. Enjoy your videos.

  3. Comment by PHARRAOH — October 16, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

    hey, saw a PHARROAH bag, must be mine, send it. and about the bottle, no thanks, rather be cold then piss in my bag. just pull it up over your head and breath a few, warms right back up. oh yeah, ill be expecting my bag soon. :-)

  4. Comment by mlndstream — October 16, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

    Which is best? down bags with continuous baffles so the down can be moved from the top side to the bottom in warmer months? or down bags with the down sewn into compartments so it can’t move?. I thought continuous baffles sounded like a good idea, but I’ve heard a few people complaining of lumping of the down and cold spots? but then top brands like Western Mountaineering still make continuous baffled bags and they should know how to make a decent bag, so which is it in your opinion?

  5. Comment by mlndstream — October 16, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

    Which is best?continuous baffles around a down bag so you can move the down from the top side to the bottom side to get a cooler bag in warmer seasons?or having the down sewn into compartments so it can’t move around?I’ve heard some people complain about ‘lumping’ of the down causing cold spots in continuous baffled down bags?

  6. Comment by mlndstream — October 16, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

    Which is best?continuous baffles around a down bag so you can move the down from the top side to the bottom side to get a cooler bag in warmer seasons?or having the down sewn into compartments so it can’t move around?

  7. Comment by mlndstream — October 16, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

    Which is best?continuous baffles around a down bag so you can move the down from the top side to the bottom side to get a cooler bag in warmer seasons?or having the down sewn into compartments so it can’t move around?.I liked the idea of continuous baffles in theory,as I liked the idea of concentrating the down on top of me when I’m using a sleeping pad,but then in the warmer months I could just move it underneath me.But some people complain about ‘lumping’ and ‘drafts’ with continuous baffles?

  8. Comment by droptheleash0 — October 16, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

    warming up with star jumps before getting into your bag, would never have thought of that, good tip !

  9. Comment by tuxinduluth — October 16, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

    Great video. Thanks.

  10. Comment by jekyllhyderacing — October 16, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

    agree the current U.S. Military bags are the absolute best by a LOOOONG shot. I would take a Mil bag outside in a bivy cover before I’d take one of these under cover in a tent

  11. Comment by AmericansSexualPreds — October 16, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

    bitch wanna put my dick in your mouth and asshoel ahahah

  12. Comment by Algoessailing — October 16, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

    It’s possible you will die, but that depends on more factors than just how much you paid for your bag. Not sure where your negative attitude is coming from, maybe its all the natural light. Down is expensive and has benifits, poly fill is cheap and has benefits. 850 down cost more than $30 US an ounce. There are a couple pounds in that bag, and the bag is made in the USA not in china as your bag is

  13. Comment by jagoyust — October 16, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

    get a silk lining for in side the bag! keeps it clean and makes it a bit warmer.

  14. Comment by girlinvisible12 — October 16, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

    For those of us who doesn’t care to help the Western Mountaineering owner buy his next BMW, what below zero bag is best that costs under $500?

    I don’t care if its a established name.

  15. Comment by alexgoyettemobile — October 16, 2010 @ 11:15 pm

    i saw this gorgeous woman being filmed by some guy that should of bin me lol he was actually using a sony 5 mp hd video recorder i think lol i went and got the MEC Fleece Bag Liner Mummy … i love mec :)
    i use the northface synthetiic sleeping bag cuz condensation is a BIG PROBLEM in the winter
    and in rainy situation .

  16. Comment by PeakSurvival — October 17, 2010 @ 12:00 am

    No Way that is so strange, Great Shop

  17. Comment by alexgoyettemobile — October 17, 2010 @ 12:57 am

    i saw you at mec in montreal hahaha

  18. Comment by InTheSticks1881 — October 17, 2010 @ 1:14 am

    Good tips.

    Wear your poly or fleece thermals.

    Eat a fatty meal before hitting the sack.

    Fluff the bag up by giving it a good shaking.

    heat up water and take it with you into the bag. It better not leak tho.

    Put your feet in in your gloves.

    The cheapest and highest quality bag will be a Canadian or U.S. military surplus bag. The U.S. bags are down and poly filled and rated to -20. Roomy and time test tough. $60 Used.

  19. Comment by PeakSurvival — October 17, 2010 @ 1:45 am

    Its a comfort rating depends if you usually get cold although I would say you could add a bivi bag and fleece liner to increase temperature rating, get a bivi bag that breathes otherwise your sweat will freeze

  20. Comment by gasdorf — October 17, 2010 @ 2:36 am

    i have the thermal light -15 field and stream bag it was on sale for 70 bucks i guess that means i am going to die in winter surivial ?

  21. Comment by greatoutdoorstony — October 17, 2010 @ 2:37 am

    Wow sleeping bags are expensive although I suppose you get what you pay for if you get cold might as well

  22. Comment by skilegappartyplanner — October 17, 2010 @ 2:58 am

    Western Mountaineering great bags that is the one i used in the Himalayas last year

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