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    Katabatic Gear

    Probably a long shot, but does anyone on here have one of their sleeping bags? If so, is it good? Thinking of trying one, probably an Alsek... I have a winter bag (domex mountaineer v900) but want something smaller, lighter, and cooler for fly camping etc in spring/autumn (think Nov tahr, Fiordland Wapiti/roar). Have an UL sleeping mat, and will probably pick up a bivy to complete a light weight sleeping system. Cheers

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    No one? www.katabaticgear.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Claw View Post
    No one? Katabatic Gear Ultralight Sleeping Bags and Accessories

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    No. But the 6' Chiso's 40F looks like something I need. Not sure if I got this right but it weighs 1lb! Ideal for daypack fly camps.
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    I think I would rather a more traditional style of bag myself. Im a restless sleeper and turn over a lot,also Im not sold on having zero insulation underneath sure it squashes but it is still there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    I think I would rather a more traditional style of bag myself. Im a restless sleeper and turn over a lot,also Im not sold on having zero insulation underneath sure it squashes but it is still there.
    So you spoon your tent mates coz your cold?

    I rarely have my bag zipped up, it has to be friggin cold. I just use it like a blanket. (Infantry habit) I have a decent thermal matt so it should be all good for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Claw View Post
    Probably a long shot, but does anyone on here have one of their sleeping bags? If so, is it good? Thinking of trying one, probably an Alsek... I have a winter bag (domex mountaineer v900) but want something smaller, lighter, and cooler for fly camping etc in spring/autumn (think Nov tahr, Fiordland Wapiti/roar). Have an UL sleeping mat, and will probably pick up a bivy to complete a light weight sleeping system. Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by R93 View Post
    No. But the 6' Chiso's 40F looks like something I need. Not sure if I got this right but it weighs 1lb! Ideal for daypack fly camps.
    Report back when you get it...

    The Alsek is probably slightly warm, but its only 6oz heavier than the Chisos but offers a fair bit more low temperature comfort...

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    I have a macpac neve which has no down on underside, you need to have a bedroll / thermarest inserted but the problem then is you can only lie straight, ie not curl up. The benefit is you don't slide off your mat
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve338 View Post
    I have a macpac neve which has no down on underside, you need to have a bedroll / thermarest inserted but the problem then is you can only lie straight, ie not curl up. The benefit is you don't slide off your mat
    I can see that would be an issue... I think the Katabatic Gear ones would be better as they are attached only where the bottom side cutout is so you are free to move your legs.

    Do you miss the down on the underside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Claw View Post
    Report back when you get it...

    The Alsek is probably slightly warm, but its only 6oz heavier than the Chisos but offers a fair bit more low temperature comfort...

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    I am considering it or something similar. I have a couple other good autumn/winter bags but not a real lightweight one.


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    I've got a one planet zephyr. 1kg and very warm. That and the new 1kg tent make a great sleeping system.
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    Well I have ordered the Alsek, so will see how it performs and report back. Hopefully I'll have it prior to my planned Xmas Chamois trip...
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    claw, how did your Alsek go? what size / fill did you get?

    also interested how you find the whole sleeping pad arrangement - i assume you can't sleep on your side easily?

    cheers!

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    I got the 850fp fill, 6 foot bag. I really like it. I'm generally a side sleeper, just have to clip it to the pad with the supplied paracord and its good to go. I have a good warm pad and haven't been cold as a result of the quilt style cut. Another great thing about the quilt is that it's good during warmer nights and/or when in a hut. I am tempted to get a Grenadier and a hood now to replace my heavy winter bag after owning the Alsek for a while

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    thanks mate, i'm a side sleeper too so was interested in that aspect.
    they are certainly getting punchy now the USD has moved in the past 6 months, but even the top end macpacs etc are $$$ these days...

 

 

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