Gonna be using a 3600 pack more than likely warmer hunts but can get into the high 30s at worst at night shelter will be a durston and budget is good
Idk about a 3600…you surely won’t be any more than a day for sure…That dog won’t hunt for a multi day hunt man. As a guy who all he does is expedition hunts, this forum actually has a fair amount of people that pack hunt out west every year, but they don't post here often it seems.
Then all that good information gets drowned out with a bunch of weird opinions that you don’t typically see in real practice. Internet and all.
A pack with food, TP/wipes, stove system, water filtration, water collection, some type of layer like a down jacket, hunting gear (like a kestrel, ammo, mag, optic/tripod, kill kit, whatever) sleeping pad, and tent starts to push it. I know because my grab and go hunting day pack is a mystery ranch 3800.
For your bag, really check the rating. There’s kind of two standards and sometimes a brand will give one or the other..or occasionally both. Say a bag is rated for 20 degrees. There will be 20 degree survival
and 20 degree comfort
. You usually want comfort. If you sleep warm like I do, a 10 or 20 is good for the early season, even at 10,000ft+ usually.
Next is down or synthetic:
-Synthetic is better for survival in rough environment where you and or your bag might be wet and will still keep you warm, but is heavier.
-Down is lighter when talking warmth to weight ratio, but is not waterproof. However, another pro is it sometimes packs down really tight.
Another option worth mentioning is a down quilt. That combined with a decent sleeping pad can be just as good as a sleeping pad. I actually prefer it.
Brands: my general purpose sleeping bag isn’t available to the public. So not no point in talking it up.
However, I do agree with kelty being a decent budget sleeping bag. Another mention for “budget friendly” is a company less known amongst hunters…hyke and byke. My wife got a zero degree down. It packs down to just a little larger than a Nalgene, and is about 2 lbs.
I have a Nemo Sonic when I’m not using my other one in a system. Its pricy.
-Quilt: my fielded one is an Enlightened Equipment 20 degree.
Sleeping pad is Nemo Tensor insulated. I have a grip of others, but that’s the one I use the most. I like the 3 inches it gives and has been plenty good even for mountaineering.
My bag is usually a mystery ranch marshal which is like a 6200 bag. However, it’s a little excessive for JUST over night. I usually am out for about a week, and food takes up space. I put my bags in a waterproof compression sack. Not everyone does this, some dudes just stuff it in the pack. You end up wet enough times, and the decision becomes easier to sacrifice weight savings for waterproofing gear.