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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-20-2018, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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I want to venture into winter backpacking. I just picked up a Nemo Riff sleeping bag thinking it would suffice. It is rated to -9 celcius. That is the low rating. But what is the comfort rating? I dont want to spend a night shivering.

An update: got in touch with Nemo equipment and was told by their rep that my 15 F bags comfort rating would be 25 degrees Fahrenheit. So that is basically -3 degrees Celsius.

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You can supplement with overbags and bag liners, and dedicated sleeping clothing if the bag isn't keeping you warm enough. Then of course there is water bottles filled with hot water, eating high fat foods, making sure you don't go to bed cold - jumping jacks, emptying your bladder, having a pee bottle handy..

Or just return the bag and get a more skookum one, if you are concerned about it.

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You can supplement with overbags and bag liners, and dedicated sleeping clothing if the bag isn't keeping you warm enough. Then of course there is water bottles filled with hot water, eating high fat foods, making sure you don't go to bed cold - jumping jacks, emptying your bladder, having a pee bottle handy..

Or just return the bag and get a more skookum one, if you are concerned about it.
Thank you dougz. What type of over bag do you recomend?
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Thank you dougz. What type of over bag do you recomend?
Anything that's 100% synthetic (primaloft) but:

https://www.mec.ca/en/search?text=ov...g_text=overbag

Bag liners, overbags etc also give you more flexibility - you're not stuck with a -20C bag in -2C weather..

A bag liner adds warmth and is a cheaper option, but also keeps you from getting your bag filthy if you are nude in there, or your clothes are soiled (which is why I have dedicated sleeping clothes inside a dry bag), and you just have to wash the liner most times, not the whole bag.. You can go synthetic, or cotton for more comfort.

Overbag will add warmth, and will keep the condensation from your sweat and breath, and wet-through from the ground, from wetting your bag..
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https://www.wiggys.com/sleeping-bags...-sleeping-bag/

Came across this overbag in my search. Has anyone had experience using a Wiggy's product? The company info claims to drop the temperature rating by 40 degrees farenhiet.
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I really like the Hyke and Byke Quandary ultralight bag, it hits all my standards. Super compact, super light, and super warm.
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