Originally Posted by clive-hunter
I am looking at purchasing a sleeping bag for hunting, does anyone have any suggestions or tips of what to look for in a sleeping bag ?
Would reccomend a high quality down sleeping bag. It will be lighter and pack smaller than any other type of insulation and keep you more comfortable when you are sleeping in it.
It will cost you initially, but will last much longer if taken care of than any synthetic. It will end up being cheaper in the long run. This is my experience with 20 years of alpine climbing and various other outdoor pusuits (hunting, hundreds of miles of open ocean sea kayaking in the north pacific, hiking, etc.) buying several different types/makes of bags over the years. I will no longer buy anything but high quality down with a water resistant/proof membrane laminated to the outershell.
Should look for a minimum 700 down fill power with an exterior shell that has a laminated water resistent/proof embrane (simliar to Gore-Tex, but typically much more breathable for sleeping bags).
A couple of years ago, I picked up a Mountain Hardware bag for summer kayaking (want something quite watertight) that is 800+ fill power, has a very breathable/watertight shell. But the feature that really stands out is that the outside baffle seams are not sewn, so there is no exposed thread to pick up moisture and transport it to the insulation. Instead the baffles are heat welded to the shell. This is actually stronger than sewing and much more impervious to moisture.
Moisture is the enemy with any sleeping arrangement and down is no exeption. However, in many years of using different down bags in a wide variety of conditions, I have yet to get one seriously wet. Take care of your stuff and keep your bag dry at all times no matter what kind of bag you have. It could literally save your life, so take good care of it and don't scrimp on the initial purchase.
Just my .02.