• J Parkes

    Good advice, I have heard the arguments of down vs. synthetics of synthetics being warmer when wet, that is a rather ridiculous argument. no-one who has ever spent a 35degree night in a wet synthetic bag is going to say Wow, that was warmer than down.. Keep your bag dry like your life depends on it.
    Most of the new down bags have Dridown or similar technology. in them.
    I have been rethinking my 20 degree down sleeping bag this spring. What worked well in CO last Sept at 10K has given me cold feet on 3 different nights this spring.

    • SoleAdventure

      You’re right, J, keeping your bag dry is of the utmost importance. That said, perspiration, high humidity and condensation in tents that aren’t ventilated well are still factors to consider. Why do you think your bag served you well in CO last year, but isn’t performing this Spring?

      • J Parkes

        I think it has to do with the humidity and the airflow through the tent. the relative humidity here in PA is pretty high especially in the spring after rain showers. In both instances we had warm thunderstorms during the day with snow showers and sleet at night with cold wind. The Shelter I used in CO was a tunnel type fully enclosed one man single wall tent. with minimal but adequate ventilation. This spring I have been Using the Mountainsmith Mountain shelter LT, It is not fully enclosed. and there is a small gap around the perimeter that allows air flow and breezes. I am learning to dam up leaves or set a small branch to prevent the air flow and it helps

        • SoleAdventure

          Great insight. Thanks for sharing!

  • I have gotten away with a rei branded down bag the past two falls in the wet state of wa. It goes in a dry bag on the hike in and a bomb proof shelter keeps the rain out. That said these dry down bags have me wanting one! Either that or a Kifaru slIck 20 bag.

    • SoleAdventure

      I’ve heard good things about some of the REI bags. I was using a traditional down Marmot bag before this one, and was happy with it. I did notice some loss loft in damp or clammy conditions though.

  • This is one of the bags I was looking at, along with the Pinnacle, and Helium. Which the Pinnacle has 800 down count, Helium 850, and the Sierra Design has 700. In all honesty I don’t know that those numbers being that close would make the much of a difference? I’m liking the dridown though…just in case. Do you know if there is that much of a difference between it being goose down or duck down?

    • SoleAdventure

      All are good choices, Brent. I feel like the SD is the best choice when all factors, specifically features vs. budget, are considered. Goose vs. Duck down is directly related to the “fill power” ratings. Goose down is going to be a bit larger, and more effective per cluster – therefore having a higher fill power, and providing more insulation with less weight. The extra performance is reflected in the higher price. For example, SD has a 850 power Dri-Down bag, but it’s significantly more than the Zissou.