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    Sleeping bag question /s

    Hi all, I'm looking for a sleeping bag, lightweight and small pack size, Snugpak fits the bill but............................. can somebody shed some light on the pricing / rating of the bags, for example.

    Snugpak hawk softie 9 £99.95

    Weight: 1500 grams
    Packsize: 19x21cm (fully compressed)
    Temp: Comfort -5c Low -10c

    Snugpak sleeper extreme £42.95

    Weight: 2100g
    Packsize: 28x26cm (Fully Compressed)
    Temp: Comfort -7c Low -12c

    Now at £57 pounds difference, is the extra couple of deegres /weight / pack size going to be worth spending the extra money, what are others views and or suggestions.

    Thanks in advance.

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    When you're cold at night, the extra £42.95 won't matter a jot. Also, 600g is a lot of weight when you're trying to shave grams off your pack weight. For my money, it's worth the difference. Even worth more if you can afford a decent down filled bag.

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    Extra weight = cheaper price and an extra couple of degrees, I am looking at a few down bags at the moment, used but in good condition, just waiting on some more details and still keeping my options open.

    Thanks, all input gratefully taken on board.

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    For what it's worth. Unless you are going to get a lot (read frequent) use out of a really expensive bag, you might consider a cheaper rated bag and a decent liner. I've got an artic bag but the few times I use it make me glad I didn't have to buy it.. My -5 rated bag + a liner gets very frequent use, Spring and Autumn without the liner and the few times it gets really cold here in the South I stick a liner in the bag.
    Having said that, if you're having to carry kit a long way or going somewhere white and icy then I agree with Martin, worth the extra money any day.

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    Thanks, I would like the down bag for sure, as I said, just waiting on some feedback from sellers, all good points, thanks so far.

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    If you have no objection to down bags, I highly recommend Rab. Both lightweight and compact as well as very warm.

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    I use a corinthia defence 4, does all I want and I just love the central zip, but it's personal choice and bank balance
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    OK, it's looking like a toss up between a Rab ladakh 600 and a Snugpak hawk softie 9. What are your thoughts / views please.

    Thanks in advance

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    I've got the North Face Cats Meow for winter, used it down to -7, slept in boxers and was toasty. I use a mammut for the spring/summer, got it from gooutdoors for about £30. Rab do a silk liner for about £25ish, which will give you an extra couple of degrees (and keeps your bag clean).

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    A little advice. Down bags are great. Light and warm, but useless when wet, so if you go for a down bag, make sure you use a bivvi bag or a good enclosed setup )such as a lightweight tent) for the wetter months.
    Synthetic bags are cheaper, but do weigh more temp for temp. The advantage of synthetic is, they usually retain 80% efficiency when wet, they are often more robust, and they are a lot easier/cheaper to clean.
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