Mountain Designs, Kathmandu and MacPac websites and I see there is a great range of sleeping bags now rated approx +5C, but weighing commonly 850 gm or so.
Can u share the web site addresses?
Here they are:
Mountain Designs has a mountain climbing flavour and emphasis. I have bought a tent and a Kashgar 150 sleeping bag from them some years ago and the quality is very good.
http://www.mountaindesigns.com.au/index ... eLocations
I have a soft spot for Kathmandu. If I have the story right, Kathmandu was founded by a slightly reclusive NZ lady years ago to make good quality adventure gear because she could never find good quality adventure gear designed by users for users. The company has recently been sold I believe. They have a buyers club with up to 20% discounts
Staff are very knowledgeable, because they are users, not just sales staff. Same for Mountain Designs, actually.
I have a MacPack daypack and 67L rucksack. The quality is excellent - heavy cordura fabric, zips that last etc. Have not bought any of their sleeping gear.
Paddy Palin is another good company in Australia, but aimed slightly more at the fashion and also camping end of the adventure market - at least from my visits to their Melbourne shop. Google for their website.
As it turns out, I bought a 650gm, 0C, 800 loft down sleeping bag from Paddy Palin this morning. Expensive at A$404, after 10% discount. The cost of a bag depends on the loft, and 800 is quite high. Higher loft numbers mean lighter weight and volume for the same temperature rating. I also learned that synthetics don't compress as well as down, so you end up with a bigger item.
If you live in Melbourne, or can get there easily, all the above companies have shops in the same area (Hardware St), so comparison shopping is very easy. They also have seasonal summer, winter sales with large price reductions.
Hope this is helpful for Aussie readers.