So, I bought the $25 Amazon pack that was linked here the other week and decided to give everyone my impressions.
First, why I bought it:
All in all, I'm happy with it. It will be a good way to test out if the frameless life is for me. Plus it gets me to an 8 lb base weight purely by not being able to fit anything else. With a better hammock/tarp combo and a costco down throw, I could see this being a very realistic pack for summer overnights in the Southeast, which I will be doing a lot of. Happy to answer any questions if you've got em.
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So it has been 3 weeks since the post about the limited edition 7D/20D EE 20 deg quilts went on sale. I ordered one, but temps around me have not been low enough to test it, and now I am having second thoughts.
That one post from an EE employee describing the 20D exterior as clammy has me worried. I am a very hot sleeper when I first go to bed, and a cold sleeper by the time early morning rolls around. You can see the problem with a bag that doesn't breath well.
Has anyone gotten to test their bag yet? I'm having second thoughts and will need to decide soon. I cranked the AC and fan in my room to test it, and my feet got sweaty, but I always hang my feet out of my comforter when I'm going to bed and move them in in the middle of the night. Will I be fine if I leave the cinch cord open and then close it when I get cold?
So I finally got a scale and had way too much fun weighing everything I own tonight. Here's what I'm bringing to GSMNP for a 3 day trip this weekend. It comes in at just under 11.5 lbs.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with the kit. Everything was either purchased on sale/clearance, a gift, or already pretty cheap. Would love to hear any advice, criticism, suggestions on a new tarp, or anything else.