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Bradypus

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I have a Snugpak Softie Kestrel. Bought in the 1990s while serving with the British Army as a smaller and lighter alternative to the issue sleeping bag. Still in use from time to time. A decent well-made bag which packs small and lofts fairly well. Probably warmer than you would need in May/June unless you feel the cold quite a lot.
 
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jcat

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Time of past OR future Camino
2016
I have a Sea to Summit Spark 40 for summer camping trips. Very light (about 14oz) and compact. I like it, but it's very pricy. On the Camino I have taken just a sleeping bag liner which has been enough for me. But I am a warm sleeper.
 
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J Willhaus

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2016, 2022
We have Montbell Spiral Hugger #5's. No longer made, but you might find one on eBay or something. Mine weighs 1 lb and is down filled. Rated to 40F, but I have slept outdoors in less than 31F without getting cold. In the warm months we just take a silk liner. My liner is a mummy cut and weighs 5 oz. The down bags were on sale and were no longer being made when we bought two about10 years ago and have really loved having them. I think we paid about $150 each and I thought that was pretty expensive.
 

J Willhaus

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Time of past OR future Camino
2016, 2022
I've also used my old US Army poncho liner in the summer, too. Mine weighs 1 lb. and has no zipper. I just use safety pins to fashion it into a bag. Super soft and silky. My husband has a Marine Corps poncho liner version we bought from Military Surplus with a zipper that weighs a few ounces more. It is not as silky as mine. He used it in the winter with a bag liner when we were hospitaleros in a winter albergue without heat at night. His first Army poncho liner gave out years ago.
 

Gobsmacked by the World

Are we there yet?
Time of past OR future Camino
CF SJPP - SDC 2022
Mountain Equipment Coop, in Canada, has a nice bag.


Essentially it is a quilt sewn onto a sheet. You save the weight of not having sleeping bag under you, while having structure that prevents the quilt from sliding off in the night.

Weight is 580 grams. Of course it is called the Camino, lol.
 
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CarolamS

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2019
As you are from the UK you might want to look at the Alpkit down blanket. Weighs 450g; certified hydrophobic down it packs very small into it's own pocket. Lots of flexibility in how you use it with a drawstring at the top and bottom and poppers along the sides to use if you want or not. (I generally make a toe-box and leave the rest open.)

Lots of options out there, enjoy choosing.
 

benny aumala

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may-june 2016
may-june (2019)
Standard Jungle Blanket. I put a 1 meter zipper to make a footbox and use it as quilt. Zipper allows to open it for usual blanket. Very good!
 

Wheelchairpilgrim

Wheelchair pilgrim, in annual stages to Santiago.
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From NL.to Le-Puy-en-Velay
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I have a cumulus panyam sleeping bag. Polish etical freerange down. Lightweight, good quality and a better price than other down sleepingbags.
I am always cold but in this sleeping bag I alway sleep nice, from 0⁰C to 20⁰C I can use it (with 0⁰ completely closed and with 20 or more open).
I also camp in a tent so this is perfect for every weather that I have on my camino.
 
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CF+Muxia, Sep/Oct 2015
CF+Fin Sep/Oct 2017
Hey,

I have used Cumulus Magic 125 Zip on two Camino Frances (spanning from middle of September to the beginning of November). It was more than enough and I am taking it for VdlP beginning in last weekend of February.
Now they offer newer version - Magic 100 Zip - even lighter.
X-lite line is also worth taking into account if You are cold sleeper.
( https://cumulus.equipment/eu_en/sleeping-bags/down.html )
 

Malifice

New Member
Time of past OR future Camino
2022
I've also used my old US Army poncho liner in the summer, too. Mine weighs 1 lb. and has no zipper. I just use safety pins to fashion it into a bag. Super soft and silky. My husband has a Marine Corps poncho liner version we bought from Military Surplus with a zipper that weighs a few ounces more. It is not as silky as mine. He used it in the winter with a bag liner when we were hospitaleros in a winter albergue without heat at night. His first Army poncho liner gave out years ago.

I'll be doing the same and taking my beloved Woobie.

Id rather leave it and just use whatever is provided, but Im hearing that many of the refuges and hostels arent providing any linen this year due to COVID.

Can anyone confirm?
 
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RJM

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Camino's Frances, Fisterre, Portuges. Over 180 day
I'll be doing the same and taking my beloved Woobie.

Id rather leave it and just use whatever is provided, but Im hearing that many of the refuges and hostels arent providing any linen this year due to COVID.

Can anyone confirm?
I took one of my old poncho liners and had it sewn up about 4/5 of the way around. A sleep sack. You don't have the luxury of a zipper on it but don't really need one and Velcro would be too noisy in an albergue. It works great as a warmer weather sleep system. I got a stuff sack for it and I would guess it weighs about a pound.
 
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I take a liner (actually a homemade silk sleep sack) and a tiny down blanket. It makes for a very flexible and lightweight sleep system.

I have one night on my coming camino Norte, in Priesca on Good Friday.... and I have purchased the same quilt, have my sea-to-summit silk liner with the elastic side panels... I have a puffer jacket, hat, and can sleep in my clothes for the next day... but i worry that if I end up stuck in the church doorway.. if the Parochial does not open/is full that I might be too cold over night. What do you think? It's the only night I'm truly worried about... and there don't seem to be any feasibly "taxi forward or backward" options on that night...
 
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trecile

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PAST - Francés, Norte, Salvador, Portuguese
if the Parochial does not open/is full that I might be too cold over night.
You're planning to stay at La Rectoral? It was one of my favorites on the Norte, and they take reservations!


And don't worry about finding a place to eat nearby - they have items to purchase that you can heat up/cook, or you can bring food to cook.

Read the reviews on Gronze:

 
F

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You're planning to stay at La Rectoral? It was one of my favorites on the Norte, and they take reservations!


And don't worry about finding a place to eat nearby - they have items to purchase that you can heat up/cook, or you can bring food to cook.

Read the reviews on Gronze:

Do you think it is too early to email them? I don't want to appear rude or over-zealous...
 

trecile

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Time of past OR future Camino
PAST - Francés, Norte, Salvador, Portuguese
Do you think it is too early to email them? I don't want to appear rude or over-zealous...

If you are sure of your dates, why not? It's probably easier to handle a few emails now than a flood of them all at once later in the year.
However, they aren't open until March, so they may not be monitoring their emails just yet - maybe wait a a few weeks.
 
F

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If you are sure of your dates, why not? It's probably easier to handle a few emails now than a flood of them all at once later in the year.
However, they aren't open until March, so they may not be monitoring their emails just yet - maybe wait a a few weeks.
Thank you for the advice! I feel so much better now... I'm hoping for the Deva campsite the day after... I am starting to get excited.... less than 9 weeks to go.
Now if only my favourite boots that I've worn for years hadn't started to bother me in my 2 news pairs (I hunt them down and buy them whenever I can).
 

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