Thanks to this forum, I've just started getting the "big stuff" for my backpacking - 2007 thru (fingers crossed).
I've received my new Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone pack (3800 c.i.) and my Mountain Hardwear 800 fill down sleeping bag 15+ (again thanks to this forum alerting me to a sale).
My question is this: This is a fairly large pack, but when I compress my bag to put it in the bottom, it still seems to take up almost 1/2 the volume of my pack. Is this normal, or am I doing something wrong? I haven't put it in a sack yet, but I do secure it with a large rubber band which holds pretty well (just temporarily). Should I get a certain size sack? Doesn't seem to be enough room for my eventual tent/hammock, pad, food etc.
You guys/gals have been great. I can't tell you how much I've saved (not just from buying the wrong equipment). There are big price differences on the web.