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PostPosted: December 25th, 2019, 6:30 pm 
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So, my daughter Kelly moved to BC for a job, and insisted on taking one of my MEC down Cygnet sleeping bags (she likes to camp -- go figure...). So, my winter system has always been 2 Cygnets, nested. (I bought them in 1986. And they have lasted perfectly.) So I thought I'd just buy another. Disaster! MEC doesn't sell them any more! They don't sell anything I want. Which, is...

- Down (for lightness)
- -5C temperature rating. (Not more, not less. Nested, 2 are good to -30C, but singly they are not too warm the rest of the year)
- Barrel-shaped (I hate mummy bags, and also use the bags singly on my boat and for warm-weather camping, often opened-up)
- Baffle-sewn (NOT sewn-through, like the Gosling, which insulates more poorly)
- Long size (I'm 6 ft 1 in and want the bag to EASILY come up to my ears)
- not frightening expensive (within reason)

Anybody got any sources? I'll be doing a Winter Wander in Feb.

Thanks,

Dave


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PostPosted: December 26th, 2019, 4:12 pm 
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Hey Dave,
Here are a few links to some down bags available in Canada:
https://www.taigaworks.com/collections/ ... 8375917599

https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/dolom ... tionId=A7U
(looks like free shipping direct from NorthFace or Sail apparently has this in store)

Cheers,
Al


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PostPosted: December 27th, 2019, 10:08 am 
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Hi Dave. I do not like to answer a post with other ideas but my solution was to get a down quilt(jacks r better). Quilt makes my older woods bag back to a minus 40 bag by putting the down quilt inside. As a major plus it has become my sleeping "bag" for the rest of the year. I think any down quilt made by some of the small shops that cater to the hammock group will work.

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PostPosted: December 28th, 2019, 6:05 pm 
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Check out hammockforums. They have amazing companies on that site full of reviews.

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PostPosted: December 29th, 2019, 8:32 pm 
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Thanks for the ideas. I hadn't thought of stuffing my Cygnet with a quilt.


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PostPosted: December 30th, 2019, 9:15 am 
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Altitude Sports in Montreal has some bags for sale. There may be one that meets your requirements -

https://www.altitude-sports.com/collect ... 2020%2FMen

The Marmot Argon 25F/-4°C Down long sleeping bag is 30% off but It still costs $315.

In any case, good gear is a long term investment and not an expenditure! Your 34-year-old MEC bags are proof of that!

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PostPosted: March 16th, 2020, 12:09 pm 
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OK, I ignored all this good advice, and bought a cheap down bag from China. I should be castigated! I knew better! It was crap. And although the bag will do for on my boat in the summer, I'm out $130 when it comes to a winter system.

I bought an Aegis AEGISMAX UL Goose Down in the large size, from Amazon. THERE IS NO ZIPPER AROUND THE BOTTOM! Just a draw-string around your feet. NOT a good cold-weather feature. And there simply wasn't enough down, or enough loft within the down, for it to work.

On this trip http://hadfield.ca/winter-wander-2020/ we didn't have any really cold nights, but it did drop to -25C one night while it was my turn to sleep in the overflow cold dome-tent. My previous system of 2 Cygnets would have been fine. But the Cygnet plus the Mac UL could not cut it. I ended up sleeping in a down parka within my bag.

My own fault, I know...


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PostPosted: March 16th, 2020, 1:29 pm 
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Check out Hammockforums.com They have a buy sell section...could get a cheap quilt. If you have the money check out the cottage vendors on that site.

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PostPosted: March 17th, 2020, 9:11 am 
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Hi Dave:

I second your pain about Cygnets no longer being available. I have 3, all of them over 20 yrs old. I use them in the summer, when 1 bag suffices for both me and my wife, as I made a sheet bottom that zips to it. In the winter I use 2, or all 3 for both of us. Great bags. The two older ones have lost some of their loft and I am actually considering ways to add more down or replace the down that is in there. Not a straightforward task unfortunately.

Let us know if you find a good replacement.

Daniel.


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