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.