sleeping bag choice
I'm trying to narrow down a new sleeping bag choice. Typical places of use include the Rockies and West Coast Range (alpine and sub-alpine) in the summer, coastal summer and shoulder season. No winter camping really. I currently have a punched-out 0C synthetic bag and a -7C down barrel bag that is being passed along to my son. We also do 3 season car camping. You'd think that a -7C bag is way to hot for summer camping, but we were by Kamloops last July long weekend and the temp got down to about 3C. The comfort temp for a -7C bag (which may mean -7C lower limit) is probably closer to 0C.
My top choices right now are the MEC -3 Merlin ($230, 3.8L, 680g), Marmot -7 Lamina ($150, 10L, 1.5kg), MEC -7 Pharoah ($240, 9L, 1.1kg) and Mont-Bell Super Stretch #2 -4C ($240, 9L, 1.1kg).
The specs on the Merlin are amazing, however I think it would actually be a cooler bag because it is lacking a collar and drawstring. As well, the material really does see almost fragile.
I must admit that the Lamina (synthetic) seems like an amazing bag, it even comes with a compression sack. It's difficult to justify a down bag when you compare the similar specs and much lower cost. I'm not considering the 800-fill down bags as they are too expensive.
I've read on these forums some reviews on Merlin and Mont-bell, and thought maybe someone may have input on the Lamina or Pharoah.
Another bag that I would consider is the Marmot Arroyo -1C (765g, ?L), but I haven't seen one in town. I don't know how small it packs but it must be pretty small since it is 800-fill. I'm not sure if -1C is warm enough though. The comfort temp on it is 4C.