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Sleeping bag temp rating??

I'm planning a hunt for high country mulies with a bow, early september in Northern Colorado. What temp. rating bag would you guys recommend? I have a 20 degree synthetic bag, but was looking to upgrade to something lighter and just figured I'd get your opinions before I drop a bunch of coin on one. Make and model suggestions would be appreciated if you have something that really works for you.

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Re: Sleeping bag temp rating??

I have found that most bag ratings are over stated by about 20deg so you should look at at least a zero rating but -20 would be my choice.A good nights sleep is so importent on a hunt don't skimp here.Also a semi mumy or semi taper shape is soo much nicer to sleep in and worth the little extra weight,dont skimp on a padd,still like foam I have had little luck with the self inflating type.I can't recomend a brand but I bought a high end back pack bag from gerry sports (no longer making bags) 35 years ago and always stored it hanging in the basement , under a bed or in a duffle 3 times the size of the stuff sack ,still looks and works great , good investment.I horse pack now so I mostly use a larger heaver bag old guy style -20 rating . Good luck have fun stay warm!!

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Re: Sleeping bag temp rating??

Are you planning a backpack hunt? Or camping at your truck? That would make all the difference in the world on which way to go. In a truck, a -20 or so bag is what I'd do. If I'm backpacking, I'd find the lightest weight 0 to 10 degree bag I could find in something that would insulate even when wet.

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Re: Sleeping bag temp rating??

I should have been more specific in my original post. I will be backpack hunting so reducing pack weight is my main reasoning for looking to upgrade bags. Thanks for the comments fellas!

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Re: Sleeping bag temp rating??

I pack in the back country during archery season and i use a Alps, Navajo 0 degree Its only 3lbs9oz. They run about $210 at sportsmens wharehouse.

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I use a 0 degree LL bean pack bag for the whole season. I backpack alot here in CO and it's very light, but later into september when the snow flies the bag isn't quite warm enough. I'd go with the warmest bag you can stand to carry. IMO your 20 degree one won't cut it if a snow storm blows in.

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I think the sleeping pad is as important as the bag for staying warm. Check out the "Big Agnes, REM Insulated Air Core Sleep Pad". It's insulated with Prima loft inside the air cells, inflates to 2 1/2 " thick and folds up to approximately 3"x 4"x 8" when deflated. I would guess mine weights less then 20 ounces. I paired it up with a North Face Snowshoe -0 f sleeping bag for back country Elk in October and a sheep hunt a few years ago. The bag weights less then 4 pounds. I honestly sleep better in the woods in this setup than at home in our queen size pillow top mattress (wife snores but doesn't hunt). This past season we had multiple nights close to zero, with every night being below 20. I was warm enough to unzip a little to let moisture out of the bag.
Getting off the ground makes a huge difference in my opinion and is worth whatever weight you have to carry in the pack.
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Re: Sleeping bag temp rating??

Thanks for all the input guys. I'll be putting a 0 degree bag on my shopping list.

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Re: Sleeping bag temp rating??

Str8shooter, Getting a 0 degree, down bag is a good idea, but if I were you I would get a -20 degree bag to be on the safe side. I had the same questions last year preparing for my first Co elk hunt. What bag, boots, tent, clothing to buy to get prepared for the worst? And I packed way too much gear, clothing, and food for the hunt. The unknown country, conditions forced me to over-pack. What I found was it wasn't that much different, in terms of clothing and gear used, than what I use here on a backpack hunt if NC mtns.

First of all, buy the best quality gear you can afford. I would stick to gortex-lined clothing, boots. I had Underarmour capture top/bottom for the base layer and mid-weight Polypros top/bottom to go on top of base layer. Wind-shear camo, six pocket pants for outer layer. For blase orange, I had a gortex boonie cap, a baseball cap, a mesh vest if it was hot, and a fleece vest with zip out sleeves. The only rain gear I had was MT050 rain jacket from Cabelas b/c I treated my pants with a water-proofing spray. I used an Underarmour hooded sweat shirt everyday as the hood really helped to cut the wind.

What I packed and didn't need: Insulated, gortex pants and parka, an extra pair of heavy weight polypros, extra pair of pants, enough food for both of us, too many socks and underwear.

I would suggest you take a small tarp if you see the weather will be bad before you go. I used my tarp to keep the snow from collapsing my tent and also can double as a emergency shelter or a clean surface to place meat upon.

A bunch of discussion about "hunting specific" boots. IMO I would advise against these types of boots. I would go with a good quality, gortex hiking boot. I took a pair of Asolo hiking boots and another pair of "name brand" hunting boot. My hunting boot didn't have enough support for the rigors of the hunt. I used my Asolo's for the majority of the hunt. My feet stayed dry, comfortable and never got cold. Keep in mind I was walking several miles daily in search of elk in 10" of snow. I would also recommend a pair of waterproof gators. They will come in handy wether or not you have snow.

I hope this helps. Most importantly, be safe and have a great time.

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Re: Sleeping bag temp rating??

I need to add: I had a Marmot 20 degree bag on my hunt but I bought one of those cheap fleece sleeping bags to use as a liner when I arrived in Co. They were calling for low temps in the teens at night so picked up the fleece bag just in case. Probably the best decision I made as I never got cold during the nights I was there. It added more weight than I wanted so that is why I suggest getting at least a 0 degree or lower bag. Good luck and good hunting

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Heres a pic of are DIY 2009 CO back country elk camp. We camped on a creek bed lived off coffee, powder gateraid, trout, top roman noodles and beef jerkky. Make sure you also take a good water microfiltration system, i use the Katadyn (Vario). We have hunted this area 3 times so this past year we packed in extra heavy, packs on front and back, so we could leave supplies.

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