Scott what synthetic bag are you looking at to try this year
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Looks like I will be using a Kifaru.
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.
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.