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    Scott what synthetic bag are you looking at to try this year


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    Looks like I will be using a Kifaru.

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    It's pretty simple. If you value weight, pack size and longevity get a decent to good down bag. Really the only thing that can go wrong is poor shell material or poor baffles or poor quality down. If you value cost and potential wetness get synthetic. In a perfect world you have down with a small synthetic exterior. If you are in the
    Arctic winter long term consider a vapor barrier or synthetic or an exterior synthetic shell.

    Synthetics usually only have so many good compression cycles before they loose loft and when they loose loft they loose some of their temperature ratings. There are studies on this available if you google the correct terms.

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    If you prefer down bags look at KUIU super down bags. They can get wet and still maintain there loft.

    If your wanting a synthetic type bag take a look at primaloft. There designed for damp climates like Pacific Northwest, Bristh Columbia, and Alaska.

    I've used down bags and always carry mine in a Sea to Summit waterproof compression bag.

    Like stated don't keep you're bags compressed. It's best to hang the up somewhere after using them.

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    well, i am not very much fond of it. i have used synthetic bag only once last year..and it was okay.
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    I use a lightweight synthetic bag for summer canoe trips, but go to down for my western hunting where I need the extra warmth and lightweight features. I do have a Gortex biffy cover that I have used when staying in a Tarpent, but find that the condensation issues inside the cover can be a problem. I leave the biffy at home when I use a tent. A waterproof compression sack is a must, and make sure you return the bag to the large off season bag after the hunt. There are washing products that are specifically designed for down; I bought mine at Gander Mt. I went to an REI store where they let me crawl into every bag they had, and it helped me to make the right choice. Go with a high loft rating 750 to 900, but expect to pay for it.

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    I use both depending on circumstances and conditions.


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    I love my Down bags. You have to keep them dry. If I bivey I use a synthetic due to the condensation even though I m not a big fan of them.

 

 

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