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Old 04-06-2010   #1
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Best sleeping bags for self support kayak


Looking for sleeping bag suggestions that would be good for self support whitewater kayaking. What this means to me is:

1. Super light and super packable
2. Probably synthetic in case it gets wet or rains
3. 3 season warm, like in the 5 - 20 degree range
4. Anything else I'm missing
...and ideally, affordable.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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Old 04-06-2010   #2
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kelty light year 3D

works pretty good
packs down to a reasonable size
rated down to 25 degrees
I augment mine with fleece as needed

got mine on sale and do not remember price but it was not bad

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Old 04-06-2010   #3
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Have you seen this site:
Earthen Exposure: self-support kayaking

This guy has the ultimate ww kayak self-support info site going. He has a sleeping bag section. I think most people go with down due to the lightweight and compression properties - given the limited space in a kayak. Your drybag is supposed to work and if you're sleeping outside w/ no shelter and it rains you're probably in bad shape no matter what kind of bag you have.
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Old 04-06-2010   #4
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A 5-20 degree synthetic bag is fairly bulky. I think a down bag and a smallish packable tarp for rain protection would work. I used a 20 degree synthetic bag with a bivy sack on cataract last month and slept comfy, but woke up really wet every morning (condensation) so if i had down it would have sucked. But i was rafting so space was less of an issue.

If you have time to let your bag dry every morning then you should be fine with down, but i would make sure to bring some sort of rain protection even if its a tarp that you wrap around yourself in case of rain.
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Check out the big agnes stuff- instead of insulation in the bottom of the bag (which compresses and doesn't insulate anyway), they have a sleeve for a sleeping pad, which is what provides the effective insulation between you and the ground anyway. Due to this they seem to be 20-40% smaller in pack size and weight than comparable bags.
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Old 04-06-2010   #6
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Thanks for posting meng , I was just about to get on here looking for the same thing. Does anyone know of stuff sacks that compress the bag in a long and skinny way. I have alot of room in the the back of the creek boat but my current bag is too round to fit back there? It sounds like down is the way too go , is there anyone that makes an inexpensive down bag?
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check these out. smaller than a regular bag, insulation around you, like the bag offered on the Earthern Exposure page, also a good choice. These with fleece as needed and a ground tarp/ or ENO hammock. comfy.... Musuc Selk Bag 3G Sleeping Bag at - Free Shipping
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Edit: maybe not. not as packable as i thought.
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Old 04-06-2010   #9
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I went with Montbell 30 degree bag at 14 ounces and use Patagonia Micro Puff synthetic pants and jacket to add warmth for below freezing temps.
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Old 04-06-2010   #10
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My backpacking bag is a 0 degree Slumberjack. It is synthetic fill, and light weight. I have never used it for a self support kayak trip (yet) but it is warm, packs down tight and small, and was affordable ($80 from Campmor).

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