USGI...for the money what's better?

sootrat

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I plan on taking a couple short trips a year in the fall of Wisconsin. For the money would you suggest anything better than the USGI sleeping bag? Thanks!
 

BuckeyeRifleman

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For truck camping it’s fine. But for what they go for you are much better off with commercial options. Wiggy’s for one. USGI is HEAVY.
 

Drenalin

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If you find one in good shape, and you don't have to carry it, it's a decent system (or it was 15 years ago when I was still using it). The trick is to find one that hasn't been abused, stored improperly, etc.
 

22lr

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Its a good system, but built for durability/longevity over weight and packability. Its painful to carry all the components but if you dont need the full kit you can shed a few pounds.

For $100 you can/could get something like a Kelty Galactic. I use one and for a budget bag, its pretty damn good. Its not gonna keep you comfortable at the temp rating, but add 5 degrees and it will be ok. The treated down helps stay warm when damp. Ill be looking to replace mine with a 0 degree bag, but for the price point its pretty solid and packs down much better than my USGI one.
 

Desk Jockey

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You can’t do better for $100. However as said above that whole ECWCS system is +10# as I recall. Fine for car camping but for not a lot more money you can get something much lighter For backpacking.

montbell, north face and Nemo have good bags under $200.

snupak and wiggys make some cheaper but heavier bags that are super durable.
 

SoutheastGoesWest

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I would choose almost any synthetic sub $100 bag over a USGI, just based on weight. It’s not hard to find a 3lb or less bag rated to somewhere around 20-30 degrees for not much $$.
 

Spence1875

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These guys as spot on, as former infantry Devildog I can tell you to chuck the bags and buy a new one, keep the goretex bivy if a gen 2 as they are not bad weight wise and are tougher than commercial ones.
 

Ratamahatta

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It's hard to beat when you can pick up the complete system for under $100. I picked up a barely used complete system for $58.

Dog will hunt, dog will hunt.
 
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