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WINTER SLEEPING BAG

Postby Singlecell » Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:18 pm

http://www.mec.ca/product/5025-632/mec- ... 0049+50130

It's been on my mind a lot lately. Just how unprepared I am for the Canadian WINTER bugout. I got everything, EVERYTHING, except a dope winter sleeping bag. So I pretty much got nothing. I'm dead, I won't make it.

MEC ziz on clearance from$225 to $170. 1.42 KG and fit for -12. Amazing reviews.

I really want to buy this bag, but I want to keep my credit card empty for when the Dominion arms grizzly comes on sale. I also have done a PISS POOR job of saving, though, to give myself credit, I have recently acquired my first firearm, got a ton of practice, and have stocked my cupboards with literally months of non perishables which I'm very proud of, as takeout is so accessible in Toronto, and I'm surrounded with takeout addicts.

This would be handy for camping throughout the early spring as well. Only other sleeping bag i got is +10

What would you do? I think i'm gonna buy this bastard after work, or at least see if it's there. Maybe I'll chicken out and be 'sponsible. Worthy of investment? Any of you guys prep for a winter bugout? It's gotta be the most terrifying situation there is. We are so dependent on the system providing heat for us, we never consider what we would do without it.
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Re: WINTER SLEEPING BAG

Postby helicopilot » Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:40 pm

Singlecell,

Unless you plan on doing "fun" winter camping (if there is such a thing), I would skip on the investment. For prep planning purposes, maybe you can look at Army sleeping system instead. It's a 3 piece set (inner, outer and hood) that would cover everything from spring/fall - using only one bag - to the winter when you combine the bags. Add a fleece liner for cleanliness and extra comfort/warmth and a bivvy bag (keeps the thing dry anywhere and adds about 5C worth of heat) and you could do that for probably $150 at an Army surplus. I've slept in Army bag with the 4 layers mentioned and hood in -30 weather comfortably. Comfortable once inside but getting in/out wasn't fun....
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Re: WINTER SLEEPING BAG

Postby endangeredspecies » Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:37 am

i agree whit helicopilot nothing compare the modular sleep system MSS army sleeping bag can be used 4 season even on warm summer
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Re: WINTER SLEEPING BAG

Postby Knuckle » Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:52 am

I'll vouch for the system too. what they didn't mention was they have(or at least had) a tie in cotton liner that you could air out daily as it captured much of the bodies moisture instead. This kept the bag dryer overall and made washing easier as you only had to wash the liner most often.
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Re: WINTER SLEEPING BAG

Postby helicopilot » Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:03 am

Knuckle, that liner is still issued, but most guys splurge a bit and buy a fleece one. Serves the same purpose but in hotter times, you can sleep in the fleece liner on top of your fluffy sleep system. Liners are very important as part of any sleep system, they keep you bag clean and dry!
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Re: WINTER SLEEPING BAG

Postby Knuckle » Tue Jan 13, 2015 6:40 am

I now only have the inner bag and the hood left these days. I lost one 1/2 and the liner heading for a bike run back in the 80's along with a tent. I was packing a new squeeze me on the bitch pad and she didn't have the common sense to notice crap was falling off as she was just too busy discovering why girls like riding motorcycles that vibrate. 8-) Seems someone following got to make like a bandit with my army issues. :evil:

Since then I've made a few liners from roll up blankets that Walmart sells for $10.00. I sewed on some ties and they work okay as a replacement. The bag I've had since the 70's and it is still in decent condition along with my army issue duffle bag too. The military can indeed make crap to last!
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Re: WINTER SLEEPING BAG

Postby Singlecell » Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:38 pm

I thought I didn't bother posting this, guess I did. Thanks very much for the responses.

Yeah. I gave my head a shake. I could use the extra money in the account, these little expenditures add up. I need to buy new bike wheels and tires for the spring. Like I said I also was very pumped to purchase a 22 LR. and a Dominion Arms Grizzly 12.5 this spring/summer when the grizzly becomes available on Canada Ammo. I also have much more to prep in regards to food.

Thanks very much for the reason everyone, I'll keep that military sleep system in mind. I personally don't enjoy going to army surpluses. They're occupied by scum selling stuff for WAY more than the typical price. Gross. Kabar fighting knife goes for 180!!! I got it for 90 online, and now Al Flahertys is carrying them for their proper price, roughly 70-75 bucks. Thank god for Al Flahertys located in downtown Toronto.

But yeah Army Surpluses are greeeeee-heee-eeessssy!
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Re: WINTER SLEEPING BAG

Postby Danux » Sat Sep 05, 2015 4:41 am

I carry a -40 (C, not F ;) ) bag with me in my vehicle, in winter. I consider it a good investment, have yet to use it. Having spent a fair amount of time in sleeping bags over the years, I have learned that I prefer low maintenance, so it's synthetic down all the way for me. Crushes into a single stuff sack, convenient, warm, easy, pricey. Mine has to be about 15 years old, at least, and it still seems to be in good shape when I inspect it in autumn.
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Re: WINTER SLEEPING BAG

Postby DaScribbler » Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:52 pm

My biggest concern is an extended Winter Power Outage and here in Canada a few days in winter without power and heat could become deadly in a hurry.

Like Danux, I had my eye on a high quality sleeping bag thats rated for below -40 C. The price scared me and I kept my eyes open not wanting to part with the cash, then as luck would have it, it went on sale $100 cheaper and I jumped on it.

That was a few years ago now, I have yet to really put it to the test but I know I'll be comfortable if I ever have to. The peace of mind is worth the investment.
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WINTER SLEEPING BAG

Postby SvetlanaQuisinineurn » Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:31 am

Excellent Idea. I think all snow belt states should have this available to motorists.
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