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Default Re: Sleeping bags and dome tents?

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Originally Posted by BigCliff View Post
On sleeping bags, the materials are getting lighter and more compressible all the time, both synthetic and natural. Down is still the warmest material per its weight, but it also loses insulative value when wet, much moreso than synthetics. A "Cat's Meow" bag from The North Face is a great bag that isn't all that expensive. Kelty is making good bags for the money, as is Slumberjack. I've been leaning toward artificial fibers. Is there enough difference in warmth to warrant going with natural down? I don't think we would be using them for any less than 25 degrees.

For Tents, Eureka would be a ideal for a high quality and not too pricey tent. Kelty's offerings are similar. Sierra Designs makes tents that are a step up in quality, durability, lightness and price. One thing to consider is whether the tent has fiberglass or aluminum poles. Both work perfectly well and will last, but aluminum will be a step up in lightness and price. (more of an issue for backpacking than float trips, but worth considering)
Yes good point for overall weight, aluminum or fiberglass probably won't be a big concern where we will float in.

Campmor.com has a great selection of both, and some good deals too.
I will take a look at their products, I've been lookin at R.E.I.'s stuff a bit also.
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