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New find: light weight 800 fill down sleep sack/blanket

Iriebabel

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
For all those interested I just found this lightweight down sleep sack /unzip to use as a blanket not ultra cheap but reasonable on Amazon for $129 USD

The Xlarge size is Rated at 23F- 32F ( -5C-+1C) and weight is 1.74lbs (789gr)

Smaller size 1.28lbs (530gr) has less warmth but also is less expensive $90 USD
(sorry updated I had to remove the amazon link). See below or just search on amazon for “naturehike down quilt”

Updated to include manufacture website

I have no commercial affiliation to either amazon or Nature Hike
 
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Barbara

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
i found it on Amazon France as well. it has some very mixed reviews. I think you need to be sure it's easy to return.
 

Iriebabel

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
i found it on Amazon France as well. it has some very mixed reviews. I think you need to be sure it's easy to return.
Thank you -I did read the reviews as with anything I buy that has some substantial cost. Reviews are subjective of course But I noticed that most of the reviews was for the lighter 530gr bag which has a lesser rating... so I try to do my research😃 . I definately appreciate your comments
I currently have a snugpack sleeping bag I used on the Frances at over 900gr I wanted to go lighter so I used Double diamond quilt on the Norte last year. I like the lightweight quilt it was good but it was small I was too lazy to modify it 😛. I sleep hot so I hate the confinement in the sleeping bag. This naturehike down quilt might be a good alternative for anyone interested. At the very least it is an excuse to aquire more gear for testing 🤪
No issues with amazon returns in the US ...they have been pretty good so maybe I will try 😃..still looking 👀always looking 👀😜
 
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linkster

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CF (17) Sarria - Portomarín
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I looked at this one but could not get past the price tag and I can’t deal with the toe box 😝
but it looks like a great option for others looking to go lighter
Yeah the price tag is a rub. The Revelation opens up into a flat quilt. The footbox has a 20” zipper and shock cord combination for a totally adjustable closure BUT you do not have to zip it up and cinch the bottom with the shock cord. The footbox gives you the option of creating a quasi sleeping bag.

I leave mine flat like a quilt, and place it inside my rectangular silk liner. I can pull it over me if I am cold or just push it to the side. The quilt is so light and slick that it could easily end up on the floor during the night.
 

dgallen

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Camino Frances (6), Primitivo(3), Finisterre/Muxia (3), Aragones, Norte, Portuguese, Camino del Rey
Natural down bags and quilts are good things. They loft up to provide a layer of comfort/warmth and are generally lighter than their synthetic equivalents. The brand of the original posted sleeping bag is known for adequate quality and less expensive knockoffs, but be wary of the claims for max/min temperatures, being waterproof, (more like water resistant), etc.

Definitely not winter bags and even for cooler spring or fall days, may be a stretch. That said, if you use a down bag you should use a sleeping liner too which adds warmth to the bag, but more importantly keeps the inside of the bag clean and reduces the body oil, sweat etc. from reaching the down. On warmer days just sleep in the sleep sack on top of the down bag.

Down can be a "big downer" (sorry about that one) when it gets wet. Takes forever to dry, smells, can mildew, and adds significant weight, aside from sleeping in something wet. So protect the bag from getting wet in the backpack or keeping it off the wet ground is really important. The jury is out whether packing in a waterproof compression sack or lining the backpack with a trash bag are the best options to protect the bag; depends on the circumstance or preference. Just don't rely on a backpack rain cover or poncho to keep the backpack contents dry... as in pouring rain, down bags which are typically at the bottom of the pack always seems to attract water when using that approach and act like a sponge.

I have way too much gear, but if ever asked a preference, my down winter bags is a Big Agnes (Summit Park.. might be discontinued), because it is big, warm, durable and have a pocket on the bottom to insert a sleeping pad but reduce weight by removing the layer of down on the bottom. Not cheap but also not crazy expensive. Still a bit heavy though, so outside of winter months and not winter camping, when doing a camino or long hikes I prefer my Sea to summit (Trek Series - TKII) down bag. Great features, fairly light and high quality kit with ample room if you are claustrophobic in typical mummy bags. I use a silk liner with both bags.
 

Barbara

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
I agree that down is light, warm, and a pain when wet! I've walked and cycled in all seasons on the camino and think I finally have a system that suits me. I camp and on top of my mat have a mid season bag (synthetic, can't remember the brand but it's a mummy with a partial zip) with a silk liner and a honcho poncho by Thermarest which opens out to a quilt. I can ride a bike wearing it, if its wet then the rain gear goes on top. Of course I'm using panniers but I do have a very small backpack to carry a water bladder so I think it would also work for walkers. I suspect that in summer just the poncho and liner would be enough if sleeping indoors. I often leave the zip on the bag open so it stays round my feet and leaves my upper body free.
Anyway it's all so much down to personal preference and experiment that I would hesitate to make any really firm recommendations. Just that dual purpose is handy...
 
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Camino Frances Roncesvalles to Sahagun Oct 2016
Sahagun to SDC April 2017 Burgos to SDC April 2018
Natural down bags and quilts are good things. They loft up to provide a layer of comfort/warmth and are generally lighter than their synthetic equivalents. The brand of the original posted sleeping bag is known for adequate quality and less expensive knockoffs, but be wary of the claims for max/min temperatures, being waterproof, (more like water resistant), etc.

Definitely not winter bags and even for cooler spring or fall days, may be a stretch. That said, if you use a down bag you should use a sleeping liner too which adds warmth to the bag, but more importantly keeps the inside of the bag clean and reduces the body oil, sweat etc. from reaching the down. On warmer days just sleep in the sleep sack on top of the down bag.

Down can be a "big downer" (sorry about that one) when it gets wet. Takes forever to dry, smells, can mildew, and adds significant weight, aside from sleeping in something wet. So protect the bag from getting wet in the backpack or keeping it off the wet ground is really important. The jury is out whether packing in a waterproof compression sack or lining the backpack with a trash bag are the best options to protect the bag; depends on the circumstance or preference. Just don't rely on a backpack rain cover or poncho to keep the backpack contents dry... as in pouring rain, down bags which are typically at the bottom of the pack always seems to attract water when using that approach and act like a sponge.

I have way too much gear, but if ever asked a preference, my down winter bags is a Big Agnes (Summit Park.. might be discontinued), because it is big, warm, durable and have a pocket on the bottom to insert a sleeping pad but reduce weight by removing the layer of down on the bottom. Not cheap but also not crazy expensive. Still a bit heavy though, so outside of winter months and not winter camping, when doing a camino or long hikes I prefer my Sea to summit (Trek Series - TKII) down bag. Great features, fairly light and high quality kit with ample room if you are claustrophobic in typical mummy bags. I use a silk liner with both bags.

I use the Sea to Summit Traveler 10 degree (50 F) down bag. I have been really happy with it as it opens into a quilt, the side can be zipped up and the foot box open for ventilation or a draw cord at the top and bottom to snug everything up. My only complaint is the slipperiness of the material. Some times, I wake up chilly and find that the sleeping bag has slipped off me, and the bed, in such an urgent manner that it is on the floor halfway to the exit. I compensate by leaving the zipper at the toe box zipped up about 8 inches. That way when it slips off, I don't have to go so far to retrieve it.

Overall, an excellent April to October bag.
 

Iriebabel

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
Yeah the price tag is a rub. The Revelation opens up into a flat quilt. The footbox has a 20” zipper and shock cord combination for a totally adjustable closure BUT you do not have to zip it up and cinch the bottom with the shock cord. The footbox gives you the option of creating a quasi sleeping bag.

I leave mine flat like a quilt, and place it inside my rectangular silk liner. I can pull it over me if I am cold or just push it to the side. The quilt is so light and slick that it could easily end up on the floor during the night.
I like the fact you can open it but I think It was the price along the tapered bottom is what I did not like. Other than this It looks a good sleeping bag/quilt
 

RRat

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Camino(s) past & future
Planning 2017
For all those interested I just found this lightweight down sleep sack /unzip to use as a blanket not ultra cheap but reasonable on Amazon for $129 USD

The Xlarge size is Rated at 23F- 32F ( -5C-+1C) and weight is 1.74lbs (789gr)

Smaller size 1.28lbs (530gr) has less warmth but also is less expensive $90 USD
(sorry updated I had to remove the amazon link). See below or just search on amazon for “naturehike down quilt”

Updated to include manufacture website

I have no commercial affiliation to either amazon or Nature Hike
SJPDP to Santiago, 35 days, this bag served me well and was going to use it this year, Lisbon to Santiago. But COVID has delayed my plans. All I needed for evenings in alburges. $30 on line.
 

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Iriebabel

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
SJPDP to Santiago, 35 days, this bag served me well and was going to use it this year, Lisbon to Santiago. But COVID has delayed my plans. All I needed for evenings in alburges. $30 on line.
So good to hear. Thank you so much for your input ! Was that correct $30 ? 😳 Was that the XL for lower temps?
update : looks like the XL(warmer) is on sale on the manufacture website $116 normally priced at $145usd cheaper than on amazon (usa) $129.
 
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Mycroft

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SJPDP to Santiago, 35 days, this bag served me well and was going to use it this year, Lisbon to Santiago. But COVID has delayed my plans. All I needed for evenings in alburges. $30 on line.
RRat, I cannot tell the brand of this sleeping bag--are you saying it is the naturehike bag Iriebabel mentioned but you found it for only $30??
 

RRat

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Planning 2017
So good to hear. Thank you so much for your input ! Was that correct $30 ? 😳 Was that the XL for lower temps?
update : looks like the XL(warmer) is on sale on the manufacture website $116 normally priced at $145usd cheaper than on amazon (usa) $129.
I'm assuming you're staying indoors and not camping out. My Camino was Sept/Oct. My bag as more than warm enough 99 percent of the time. There were always blankets available and I would grab one just in case but really didn't need it.
 

Iriebabel

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
I'm assuming you're staying indoors and not camping out. My Camino was Sept/Oct. My bag as more than warm enough 99 percent of the time. There were always blankets available and I would grab one just in case but really didn't need it.
thank you for your post , you confirmed what I needed to know about this quilt/bag

Next camino I will be more flexible with distance and will camp some also I wish to have lighter kit because I have knee ( wear a giant metal brace) and foot injuries.(had 2 foot surgeries since January)...I walk slower than most, usually walk alone, and wish to take my time and see more. I cannot do a bed race so it is sometimes albergues,camping or private accommodation which can get a bit expensive.

I always walk starting sometime in march and even when not on camino I travel Quite a bit usually winter-into spring. When I left SJPDP in 2018 it was sleet/snow mix. The Norte 2019 same month was not as cold

My first camino I did not camp but it was cold for the first month starting with snow sleet and rain. I even stayed in a few albergues which had no heat! I think a quilt/bag like this would be good in terms of warmth. First camino I gave my liner to a friend who Carried a 75ltr backpack and had to mail her 4 pound sleeping bag along with other kit because her bag was way too heavy. I try not to use any Albergue blankets But a couple of times I had to on my first camino since I had given my liner away. Now I travel with a silk liner also
 

Iriebabel

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
I'm assuming you're staying indoors and not camping out. My Camino was Sept/Oct. My bag as more than warm enough 99 percent of the time. There were always blankets available and I would grab one just in case but really didn't need it.
RRat, I cannot tell the brand of this sleeping bag--are you saying it is the naturehike bag Iriebabel mentioned but you found it for only $30??
Looks like the XL bag I referred to in the original post Not sure about the $30 but the manufacturer has it on sale at the moment for $116 see post#12
 

MikeyC

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Camino(s) past & future
CF - September 2016
CF - April May 2017
Shikoku - October 2017
Kumano Kodo - October 2017
CF - 2019
We have bought various Naturehike products for camping. Price/quality very good. The smaller of the down bags was RMB 459 or about £50 on Taobao when we bought them. Had planned on using them this Spring but that never happened so can't give any feedback just yet.
 

gerardcarey

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Camino(s) past & future
CFx2, CPx1
I'm with the cheapskates.
I've got the Chinese knockoff of that wonderful piece of kit - The Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt which was way outta my budget.
2 years ago the Aegismax Windhard Ultralight Quilt cost me US$95.
In its compression sack it weighs 500gms.
Being a bottom stuffer I don't take the compression sack.
It adds 450gms to my packweight.
IT IS NOT AS WELL MADE AS THE ENLIGHTENED EQUIPMENT QUILT!
It suits me admirably.
Regards
Gerard
 
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