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Down bags are an excellent choice for backpacking/hiking because of the volume and weight considerations. For two comparable temperature range bags, down will be at least 50% smaller when packed and a similar amount lighter than the artificial fill fiber. These two considerations are often significant when out in the woods -- the less weight and volume you ...


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If it's going to rain on you, then you want some way of keeping the rain off, or you're going to be miserable. The method of keeping the rain off can be a tarp, a tent, or a bivvy sack. If I'm going backpacking in Southern California, and the weather forecast is for clear skies, then I wouldn't bring any of these things. If I expect mosquitoes to be very ...


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I own the Cypress. I purchased it overfilled through Hermit's Hut. My son owns the Bison. Also purchased overfilled through Hermit's Hut. What has been said is spot on. "The Bison is designed the keep you warm at -40 by using extensive amounts of design with minimal amounts of down." Whereas, "The Cypress is designed to keep you warm at -30 by ...


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I can't compare down with synthetic, because we have used only down in all our 40+ years of backpacking -- and never had to replace the bags. That is, our down bags are more than 40 years old. They are from North Face. Although we always carried a tent, we slept outside the tent whenever the weather permitted. Perhaps our best test of the bags was when we ...


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You ought to bring an emergency blanket with you, they’re tiny and very lightweight and will increase your temperature significantly. You do get wet with them though, and they are an emergency solution. For me it was a lifesaver when I was unprepared in the Simien mountains where it freezes as night and the other gear was absolutely not sufficient.


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