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mybackpackingblog
04-13-2011, 23:31
I purchased a Kelty Light Year XP 20 Sythetic Male sleeping bag...I love Kelty and have a LOT of their gear...But every time I have used this bag, I froze to death.

For instance:

Cherokee, NC (Beside a creek)
Kelty Yellowstone 6 man
Queen Air Mattress
Fleece on top of the mattress
Temp Low was 26
Result=Way to cold to sleep...had to start a fire...

Pilot Mt. In the trees
REI Kingdom 6 man
Large Queen Air Mattress
Fleece on top of the mattress
Temp Low was 34
Result=Very cold inside the bag

Kimesville Lake
Kelty Grand Mesa 2
Stansport Backpacking Air Mattress
1/8" Closed Cell Cosslink on top of mattress
Temp Low was 32ish
Result=Froze

What the? It's not like I'm a sissy or nothing. I'm 6' and 200lbs...(Im personally well insulated :)...)

Anyone have this problem and would the Down vs. Synthetic be better?
Tire of being cold....:-?

hike500
04-14-2011, 00:25
I have to ask, what is the r-value of the mattress? I am guessing not to high. That is just as important as the sleeping bag

weary
04-14-2011, 00:37
Air mattresses are notoriously cold. When the temperature approaches freezing, you need foam.

mybackpackingblog
04-14-2011, 08:10
I'd have to look. When we used our backpacking air mattress, we used 1/8" closed cell foam (I think I needed 1/4"). When I used the larger queen while car camping, we just used a "moving blanket" (which helped a lot compared to not using anything at all).

Toolshed
04-14-2011, 13:04
Need to combine these 2 threads......

mybackpackingblog
04-14-2011, 14:18
Need to combine these 2 threads......

What do you mean...?

leaftye
04-14-2011, 14:45
What do you mean...?

It means you created two nearly identical posts for this.

mybackpackingblog
04-14-2011, 14:49
It means you created two nearly identical posts for this.

I have another thread about the Kelty sleeping bag? Really? Where? I didn't mean too...

mybackpackingblog
04-14-2011, 14:51
It means you created two nearly identical posts for this.

Oh Oh Oh....10-4...I gotcha...over in Sleeping Bags...my bad...yes I did...but then I noticed the traffic here is far far greater than there....sorry...