Looking for a wide sleeping bag

Bmblbzzz

Thru Hiker
Just to throw a spanner in the works regarding price, I was out bikepacking at the weekend with a female friend, 66, short and wide, who's very pleased with her new Planet X sleeping bag. I don't know the temperature rating (it wasn't a cold weekend, just wet) but it is down, I expect it weighs more than 650g, but the price was just £60.
 

Mole

Thru Hiker
Just to throw a spanner in the works regarding price, I was out bikepacking at the weekend with a female friend, 66, short and wide, who's very pleased with her new Planet X sleeping bag. I don't know the temperature rating (it wasn't a cold weekend, just wet) but it is down, I expect it weighs more than 650g, but the price was just £60.
Yes. Friend just got one of those with the half price code. Only had a quick perusal but seems ok for the money.
 

Bmblbzzz

Thru Hiker
Musing on weight to warmth ratio, and the desire to keep to a maximum weight of 650g: for a given volume to be filled, the more fill, the more insulation. Sure you can do clever things with baffles, but that adds weight too, and probably not as much as adding the equivalent weight of insulation. So basically, more warmth is bound to entail more weight. Until something is invented with a better weight to insulation ratio than down. These are ignorant musings so might be totally wrong, and I'm posting them to be corrected/informed as much as for anything else....
 

Bmblbzzz

Thru Hiker
Also, I've just looked at the Western Mountaineering site, and yes they do give measurements for "inside girth" but what they don't give is the comfort/limit/extreme temperatures, instead having just one "rating". What's that about then?
 

fatrat

Backpacker
Also, I've just looked at the Western Mountaineering site, and yes they do give measurements for "inside girth" but what they don't give is the comfort/limit/extreme temperatures, instead having just one "rating". What's that about then?
they explain it in the FAQ section and also provide the values you mentioned for most of their bags:
(last bulletpoint under "technical details & performance")
 

cathyjc

Thru Hiker
Also, I've just looked at the Western Mountaineering site, and yes they do give measurements for "inside girth" but what they don't give is the comfort/limit/extreme temperatures, instead having just one "rating". What's that about then?
My experience is that as a "cold sleeping female" if I up the quoted rating by 8-10 C - that's about as low as the bag will go comfortably for me.
ie. if the headline temp. is -12C it will take me to a couple of degrees below zero C.
This ties in with the generality that females sleep 10c colder than guys.
Hope that helps.
 

Bmblbzzz

Thru Hiker
My experience is that as a "cold sleeping female" if I up the quoted rating by 8-10 C - that's about as low as the bag will go comfortably for me.
ie. if the headline temp. is -12C it will take me to a couple of degrees below zero C.
This ties in with the generality that females sleep 10c colder than guys.
Hope that helps.
Thanks. I was just wondering how the WM rating related to the EN figures, which Fatrat has pointed out is in their FAQs.

As for the guys n gals thing, my favourite is Luck Be A Lady. Oh sorry, wrong topic. I remember reading somewhere, probably on here, that the Comfort and Limit EN ratings were designed from the outset to relate specifically to women and men respectively, but weren't named that because... reasons. Whatever the truth in that, I always look at the Comfort rating, regardless. I mean, why not be comfortable in your sleeping bag?
 

AmateurHiker

Trail Blazer
Ditto. I'm just a few years ahead of you.
I and just finished a familiar trip 2 weeks ago - it felt tougher this time than last year, despite having worked on my fitness before I went.
It does get harder but I'm not giving up .
"little old ladies rule" :thumbsup: :cool:


Yup, WM bags are expensive but worth it In my opinion.
I've sold my previous bags (one at a time) and invested in WM. I bought some 2ndhand from backpackinglight.com .
Wondered about secondhand. It sort of weirds me out buying a sleeping bag someone else has had. Do you wash it when you get it?
 

cathyjc

Thru Hiker
Wondered about secondhand. It sort of weirds me out buying a sleeping bag someone else has had. Do you wash it when you get it?
I would only buy something that is in "excellent" condition.
Only once have I been disappointed buying a sleeping bag - I just won't buy from climbers now they seem to use their gear 'hard' and still think it's in good order......
If the bag needs cleaned I ask the seller not to do it, and reduce the price accordingly, so I can get it done myself and I know exactly how it has been treated.
If you buy thru' ebay then you are protected in that the item must be "as described"or you can send it back.
On backpackinglight.com I'd do a little research to check if the seller has sold stuff before and what feedback they've had. A 'duff' sale is going to be "called" out.

I'm generally OK with secondhand goods of all sorts (not underwear !!) - saves me money and saves the planet too.

Look at the number of used tents up for sale ;) .
 

Thedragonsfather

Ultralighter
I can not sleep in restrictive bags. So i had an awesome Nemo that I recently sold to someone on here. The Disco is their latest version I believe. Fantasticaly comfortable and totally unrestricted movement. I bought the Zenbivy to replace it - quite similar in many ways.
 
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