AT 2010, FHT 2010-11, BMT '11, Bartram'11, LT'12, Pinhoti '13, Sheltowee, '13'
Western Mountaineering Highlite
I bought my first Western Mountaineering bag last night - the 35* Highlite. The long weighs 17 oz - which is the same as my MontBell #7 50* bag.
I suspect I could put the MontBell bag inside the WM bag and be good down to 20* or I could put my MontBell #2 inside the WM and have a 3 lb 2 oz 0* bag.
I bought the WM Alpinlite with the overfill-15d-I sleep great....
I feel really badly for you tall people having to buy and carry all those extra feathers to keep your legs warm.
More seriously, I love my highlite and have been extending its range by wearing my gossamer gear murmur pack with my plastic bag liner left inside -- under my windshirt. I've been wearing it on my stomach since I sleep on my back (in a hammock, as you know...) but it should work as well on your back if you are a stomach sleeper. I can't believe how much warmer I am wearing the pack to bed! It seems to work as well for insulation as a nano jacket would, so I've managed to cut a bit more summer weight from my pack.
I use my WM Highlite inside a lightweight 40 degree semi-rectangular synthetic bag in the winter. 12 degrees has been the lowest overnight so far. The synthetic bag offers moisture protection for the down bag. I can't do VBL's - I feel clammy and trapped. Sized right, doubling up bags is not a bad way to go. Offers flexibility in the field for not much more weight. Pretty much what the military uses now.
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