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I know this isn't all thorough like the top answer. I just wanted to add that a difference in price does not necessarily indicate that one is better than the other- at all - for any reason other than consumer choice. As an example look at Gucci sunglasses, belts, handbags....in many cases they kinda suck as every-day handbags, they are however far more ...


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I am going to try to give a slightly different perspective than the other answers. To start with, I am going to make a few assumptions, based on what you said in your question: You are not (yet) an experienced camper, else you would have decided on your own. Furthermore, I am going to assume that means you are likely not (yet) considering highly ...


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It's not about the origin of a product, it's about features you need for your backpacking trip, that is to say: weight, comfort, breathability, reliable zippers and so on. And if you go on your feet you need your backpack packed as lighttweight as possible. In case of WM Summerlite you pay for 19 oz weight while Oaskys weighs 3lbs! Goose and duck down bags ...


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To answer the particular case of the bags in this question, the main differences between these bags are: Properties of a $25 china made "32 degree" bag: Low quality synthetic insulation (ie. less warmth for the same weight and bulk) Heavy / thick face fabrics Heavy zippers Single sheet construction (insulation is a single layer sandwiched between the face ...


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When shopping for sleeping bags you take into consideration 3 things; weight, warmth, and cost. Pick the two that matter to you - you can't have all three. For me, ultralight backpacking is my thing, so I choose lightweight and warm, which means down, which means more expensive. Car camping on the other hand, I have a huge, heavy, cheaper synthetic bag ...


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I still use the very expensive down sleeping bag I bought in 1972. I've used it an average of at least 30 days a year for nearly 50 years. Of course, I treated it very well between uses: It reposed in a fluffy pile in a cool, dry dark place with nothing weighing it down or crowding it. It was dry cleaned maybe every 5 years or so. I can't remember how ...


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There is various features that can cause a huge difference in price for seemingly similar pieces of equipment. The place of manufacturing can play a role but rarely to such a huge extend. Material used The first difference between cheap and expensive equipment is almost always the material used. Cheap synthetic fill or even cotton will keep you warm as well ...


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I was looking at sleeping bags in a real shop only a couple of weeks ago. My budget would rule out the $400 bag, which I assume is down-filled, but even at the lower end there's a big difference. I was comparing 2 synthetic bags, both mummy-shaped for a tall person, rated to a very similar temperature,and from the same manufacturer. One weighed about 50% ...


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