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Sleeping Bags

Discussion in 'Kit Chat' started by Gazo, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Gazo

    Gazo Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    I am after a new sleeping bag ready for a few of the bushy meets.
    I don't like the mummy type bags as I like to move around alot when sleeping and feel trapped if I have something tight around me.
    So was looking at these eBay - The UK's Online Marketplace

    Just wondered if anyone has tried them, and would they be ok for what I want, or do you know of another bag that would suit my needs.
    Not to expensive as my mother is going to buy it as a birthday present for me in April.
     
  2. Matt

    Matt Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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  3. HillBill

    HillBill Very Addicted Site Donor

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    My advice Gazo would be to get one of these. Its a bag for life and you will never be cold in one.
    Army Sleeping Bag, 58 pattern sleeping bag,

    Rubberised base, down filled, roomy, warm as hell. Bit bulky, bit heavy, but bloody brilliant, totally bombproof. Can't go wrong. I have 3 :)
     
  4. Matt

    Matt Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    good find that mate :)
     
  5. HillBill

    HillBill Very Addicted Site Donor

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    That looks a decent bag for the price. Not so keen on the fleece lined bit though. I sleep hot and find anything involving fleece to be a sweat box for me. Thats just a personal thing though, i sleep in my underwear with the bag half open in the arctic though, thats how hot i sleep lol.

     
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    why doya need 3?
     
  7. HillBill

    HillBill Very Addicted Site Donor

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    One was mine when i was in, the other two were given to my mum, who is C/O of an air cadet sqn. She passed them on to me. Both are the short version though, so a bit small for me, but i lend them to mates for the odd night out here and there.

     
  8. Ian

    Ian Site Manager Staff Member

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    I'm gonna need a sleeping bag myself soon, I was wondering what might be on the market cheap.

    Are any of the foreign army ones still doing the rounds, like the German one (used to look like a parka) or I have heard the Czech ones are good?
     
  9. Shady

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    i got the czech one.... in winter find a tescos and buy a 13.5 tog duvet to help you out!!! :D
     
  10. Gangsta ov love

    Gangsta ov love Very Talkative

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    I have one of these and I couldn't agree more , I use mine when I'm under the basha and it always keeps me warm
     
  11. Ian

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    OK, so they are best avoided then?

    What I don't want to have to do is spend hundreds of pounds on one but I do want it to be OK for the winter. I can always carry a lightweight blanket with me or even a space blanket but I do want a decent sleeping bag and I don't mind getting a second hand/surplus one.
     
  12. Matt

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    i wouldnt say that ian as there was three of us on site with the czech army bags and we were toasty warm........

    the main problem shady had was he didnt listen to advise he was give my myself and steve ref.. his bag preperations (eg lineing the bag for winter use with a single size quilt (13,5 tog) ...if you plan to use the bag for summer/spring it will be fine as it comes...but if you plan to use it in the winter you will need to add a layer in side ...matt
     
  13. Ian

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    So just adapt it to the conditions then, sounds like my sort of thing. When I was a kid we used to use sleeping bag liners but I'm not sure how effective they were.

    So, I'm looking out for either a Czech army bag or a 58 pattern British army bag? I'll keep my eyes peeled;)
     
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    Cheers mate. I'm having a think about it. The wife didn't sound too impressed when I said I would need a duvet as well but even with the price of a duvet on top it still works out cheap for a bag you can use in winter.

    Not meaning to get personal here but did you guys all end up sleeping fully clothed or did you find it warm enough to take a few layers off? (I don't need any pictures or gory details please Stephen;))

    Also, is a single duvet enough to wrap around yourself or did you just have it on top?
     
  16. Matt

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    i wore just my thermal long johns and top mate ;).... if you look at the picky of the bag you will see the layers actually un button from it so what i did was remove the layers already in the bag and then lay ed a single quilt on the open bag and then re buttoned the original layers back in and when you zip the bag up you have quilt all around you .....it worked great for me , Steve and drcodd
     
  17. Ian

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    Cheers for that Matt. I think that is the way to go.

    I'm sure it will get plenty of use as I plan on taking my little boys camping this year. (proper camping, not glamping it up in my massive trailer tent:rolleyes:)
    They're a bit young for roughing it in a basha just yet though.
     
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    i put a 100gsm sleeping bag inside and froze to death, so tesco came to the rescue..... in future i am going to use the bags with quilts and sleeping bags, just to stay nice and toasty..... and i am never using a tent again, those things are horrible for condensation so i am going to order my basha in the next few weeks ;)
     
  19. Gazo

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    I need a sleeping bag I can move in them army ones sounds good but not sure it will give me the room I need as I am not a small guy :)
     
  20. Kernowek Scouser

    Kernowek Scouser Quite Addicted Site Donor

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    I've been looking for a new, cheapish bag and this looks like it might just do the job.

    I don't suppose you could give me an idea of the dimensions (packed and unpacked) and the weight?
    I've checked the ebay link and the Military Mart site, but they don't seem to include such details.

    Also how is the fit around the shoulders?