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Old 07-14-2003, 06:37 AM   #1
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Sleeping bags, down to two contestants

From another thread about stoves, the topic turned to sleeping bags also, but I'll restart a new one here on bags.
I have narrowed it down to two sleeping bags, both from REI.
MNBOY, you mentioned that you sold a lot of the Big Cats when you were at REI, so perhaps you have some good info on both of the bags here.
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The Down Time 15 degree long model


Or the Big Cat 20 degree model, which comes in one length, BIG.
You can see the extra girth room on the Big Cat at the top of it, and a bit more in the foot area.


I use to really be into backpacking back in the late 80s and early 90s, but have not done to much in the past few years.
I'd go up to Mt. Rainier for 3 to 4 days and wander around the camps they have up there, and that was with the bag I still currently have, an REI Volcano bag filled with Qualofill.
I want to try down this time, and getting the bag wet is no factor, as it won't be getting wet, which can be a downside to some down bags.

Anyone have experience with either of the two bags above?
The bigger Big Cat is only about 7 oz more than the Down Time bag, so the weight is not that significant of an issue to me.
The bag will primarily be used for "car camping" in either of a few tents that I own.

The advantage to the Big Cat model is it has a 70" girth around the shoulder portion, and wider throughout, while the Down Time one has a 60" girth around the shoulders.
I tend to be a very light sleeper, and often flip more than a flapjack at IHOP

I think both bags are similar in construction as far as the zipper, zipper sheath guard go.
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Best advice I can give is to go to REI and get in 'em. Roll around and see what you think. One thing to consider is whether or not you can zip it together with another bag (with the zipper on the other side) for those trips with your special someone. As for down vs synth. - not a big deal as long as you can keep it dry and have room to store it uncompressed. If stored in the stuff sack, the down will loose it's 'memory' and won't fluff out again.
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I kinda like this one instead It comes with its own pillow.


Actually, i think i would go with the one with more feet room.
I like to move my feet around a bit.
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Actually, i think i would go with the one with more feet room.
I like to move my feet around a bit.
I agree, I'd go for the more spacious model too.
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Same here - bigger model. Especially if it's car camping mostly. The zip together feature is nice too if available. My wife and I have North Face Cat's Meow bags that zip together. Nice for......sharing warmth, yeah that's it.
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I agree with everyone else, go for the Big Cat. You'll appreciate the extra room. The only reason to go with a smaller bag is the slight savings in weight and the fact that they stuff down to a smaller size. Neither of those is a concern for you. The only "down" side (sorry) is that the bag may be too warm for you, which you can fix by unzipping unless you are zipped to another bag. All the women I have slept with in zipped together bags (I'm not bragging, it hasn't been that many) have all been cold sleepers and have really appreciated the extra warmth. Buy the Big Cat, and be a "happy camper". (OK that was too much, sorry)
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Cool, I will pick it hopefully Friday.
The REI by me just got a few of them in.
Thanks for the help gang, Corey
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I would go for the Big Cat. It sounds like the best choice for your needs.

Where are you going camping? The girlfriend and I are going camping at Ohanapecosh area of Mount Rainier National Park this weekend. We are planning to hike on Rampart Ridge. I really love going to Mount Rainier National Park.
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Old 07-18-2003, 01:08 PM   #9
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I am a rotten shopper.
I make up lists when I go shopping, but I always forget one detail, and it's always the most important ones, and I end up taking something back.

Picked up my REI Big Cat sleeping bag today, and it's a beaut
But...I forgot to see if it was a right hand or left hand zipper.
Sure enough, it's a left hand zipper.

I have always had bags that zip from the right, and this feels to weird.
Even though I am left handed, it bugs the heck out of me.
The REI store I went to only has the left handed ones in stock, and to get a right handed one in, I have to pay for a whole new bag, then get credited when it comes in
That is unless I just stay with this one, and learn to live with it.

Glenn, not sure when I am going to get out and camp.
I use to really be into it big time, and go every other weekend during the summer many years ago.
Whether it was car camping with just a tent, backpacking, or taking my tent trailer, I was hardly ever home on summer weekends.
Now I am just so busy I don't have much time for it anymore.

I love Mt. Rainier, never camped at Ohanapecosh, but I have checked the sites out.

My favorite place of all time to car camp at Rainier is the White River campground.
Here's a very old pic.
http://www.toyotaoffroad.net/tando/o...pics/camp2.jpg
Junior on the left is now 20, and the blond boy now has dark hair, and will be 17 in September.

Another White River pic on a hiking trail with a much skinnier Corey
http://www.toyotaoffroad.net/tando/o...d_camping8.jpg

Up at Greenwater with the '89 tent trailer, and the '90 Toyota truck.
http://www.toyotaoffroad.net/tando/o...d_camping9.jpg
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