Military ECWSS sleeping bags and bivy. too heavy or pretty good?

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I'm looking at the ECWSS for about $ 180.00. The 30*-50* bag @ 3lb , 0* bag 4lb and goretex bivy @ 2lb. Anyone use one. I'm 6'4" and about 230lbs by the time I use it and wonder if it will be big enough. I need to save where I can and this seems like a good sleep system.
 

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What are you using it for? It should fit you. But you can find a better bag. I used this system while I was in the military and after I got out. It's pretty bulky for backpacking.
 

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i use just the black bag.it compresses down pretty good and by itself is not very heavy.i never saw the need for the entire three bag system.i plan on upgrading to a slick bag but that will be next year
 
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i use just the black bag.it compresses down pretty good and by itself is not very heavy.i never saw the need for the entire three bag system.i plan on upgrading to a slick bag but that will be next year
I was looking at a 20* long wide slick bag at $386 + shipping but I have to give somewhere. First rifle in sw co. . Think I can get by with the black bag ?
 

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That bag is going to be a bit short for you but will work. They are good quality bags and will keep you warm but they are very bulky and heavy. I use them all the time since I am in the military and I still use them in my off time depending on what mode of transportation I am using to go hunting or camping.
 
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That bag is going to be a bit short for you but will work. They are good quality bags and will keep you warm but they are very bulky and heavy. I use them all the time since I am in the military and I still use them in my off time depending on what mode of transportation I am using to go hunting or camping.
The bit short part just killed it for me. I will get the long wide slick bag.
 

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The bit short part just killed it for me. I will get the long wide slick bag.
Sorry about that. A good friend of mine is your size and he is in the market for a long bag due to his issue bag being too short for him to sleep comfortably. I am 5'10" and these bags are just right for me.
 

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Salerno huh? Theres definately worse places to be. To the original poster I have. Kelty Lightyear 15 degree bag that weighs 2.5 lbs. Their long version is I think 3lbs and you can get it for less than $180. It compacts down to the size of a water bottle. Highly recommend it. DONT buy the military one.
 

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I was looking at a 20* long wide slick bag at $386 + shipping but I have to give somewhere. First rifle in sw co. . Think I can get by with the black bag ?
Like. Said I use only the black bag.its really not too heavy and packs pretty good.I put mine in a med kifaru 5 string stuff sack and it snches down all the way.I'm a real warm sleeper and useally end up half out of my bag in just about any weather but that's me.I don't think its too short either.I'm 6'5" and its a little snug around my feet if I pull the hood over my head but I still fit if I need to.useally don't need to though
 

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i have the military bivy sack. it's the woodland one. it's gore-tex. it's a little heavier than some out there but it is really durable and i haven't got wet yet. i think it's about 2 pounds.
 

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I like the 0 degree bag, although it is rather bulky, I take it on colder hunts when weight isn't so much a concern. I don't trust that temp rating on the thinner bag...I would probably be pretty cold if I were out in that thing at 30 degrees. And the bivy is just way to heavy/bulky for my use. My 7oz TiGoat does everything I need it to for about 1/2lb and minimal space.

About the only Army/military gear I take hunting are the waffle mid-weight layers, silk weight layers, and the big puffy primaloft jackets that you seem to only get if you're stationed in Alaska, Korea or Drum.
 

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I've used the green recon bag in weather about 40 degrees and it was "ok", and I am a warm sleeper too. The black bag was my go to bag last year, which was my first year back-country hunting and it worked great. That said, I think shopping around a little bit you might find a more packable 20 or 15 degree bag. That black bag was just a little to heavy and bulky for me.
 

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About the only Army/military gear I take hunting are the waffle mid-weight layers, silk weight layers, and the big puffy primaloft jackets that you seem to only get if you're stationed in Alaska, Korea or Drum.
I use the same stuff and have started using the new rain gear, the multi-cam pattern makes it that much better. :)
 

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Yeah that is true, the GEN III raingear that comes with the ECWS system is pretty lightweight, I had forgotten about that nice little addition. Probably didn't think about it too much because the set I used to have was ACU and I hate running around hunting looking like I should be at a training exercise instead.
 
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