- Aug 21, 2012
I do not see a lot of posts about anyone using a Kifaru bag. I am thinking about getting one over a down bag. Is this a mistake?
It's a mixed bag, yes they are great and work as advertised, but lose loft and thus warmth so you either have to overshoot your temp ratings or replace it more often.
We have 4 of the 0 degree bags in this family and all are still holding up really well, they are three years old, two of those being used by teenage boys. You can crawl into them wet and you will get warm and dry out at the same time. The bag can also get wet and dries easily. They have been used nearly every month year round, but I have to supplement mine in the winter months with a Woobie to stay warm.
Having to overshoot your temp ratings of course makes the bag heavier and bulkier, ours weigh right at 3 pounds. Considering I can get a water resistant down bag rated at 10 degrees and weighs 1-1/2 pounds and doesn't have to be replaced so often, I think I won't be buying synthetic again.
Have you used the quilt long term yet?
I use multiple sleeping bags and quilts...only reason I'm asking.
Well since I got the thing last week ill say no,no long term use.youll notice I didnt make any recommendation of another bag I said im glad I didnt go this route, synthetic that is.i feel you get more from down.I know ya got product to sell big guy,dont worry I wont badmouth kifaru,I love there stuff,just not synthetic bags.
I think for anything below 40 you should be able to zip your bag shut to conserve heat.
A hybrid like what Zpacks offers is a great way to roll, unzip it for a quilt when it's warm, then when the temps drop, zip it shut like a regular bag to keep you warm.
The Jardines started the whole quilt revolution, but they state over and over that they sleep fully clothed when the mercury dips. Also their quilts are thicker and heavier than what anyone else makes and by quite a ways. His warmest quilt is only rated to 20 degrees and my 0 degree Kifaru slick bag doesn't loft anywhere close to his, even when it was new. So not only does he add more loft, he is very conservative with his temp ratings. I have no idea what insulation he uses, he hates the whole brand name marketing thing with a passion.