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prefered sleeping bag.

i have 5 that i know of in the garage,[if you count that quilted casualty evacuation bag, it works]

the only 2 i ever use for me is the usgi medium'mummy' w/shell

and a w.german surplus parka/bag[it zips acrossfront of the thighs

i prefer the w.german as it's dual purpose, but the sleeves kinda make it noisy[for me with my hearing.

how about the rest of you all!
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Canadian Army 5 piece sleeping bag, inner, outer, liner, hood & valise along with a issue bivy sack.
Got several, I have an extreme cold weather(Issue) and several medium and lightweight ones, ranging from israeli and german makes to some custom made for me when I was in korea.For warm or moderately cool weather I use a poncho with liner.
What I've been using for years is a North Face "Cat's Meow". It's synthetic filled, 3lbs and 20F rated. I also carry a poncho liner and a heavy duty space blanket. I also carry a bivy, a poncho, a Ridgerest mat, and I also pack 2 emergency style space blankets.

Not THAT's a good setup. Sure beats a spaceblanke taped together!
Merlin snugpack, goretex bivy, ridgerest mat. Also have poncho, but I need a new liner...

Poncho liners, to me at least, are about as important as the sleeping bag. Mine is an indespensible part of my gear.

The emergency spaceblankets are for just that, an emergency. They store compactly and they weigh almost nothing. They work best inside of some other shelter like a tent or stuffed in a sleeping bag. By themselves, they are horrid. They can work good under certain circumstances under a poncho or anything that can cut the wind.

The heavy duty space blanket is essentially a reinforced, waterproof plastic tarp with large grommets on the edges and corners. One side is mylar, the other is olive drab. I've wrecked them in a single evening trying to use them as a bedroll with no mat. It's best use is as a shelter or as an extra waterproof layer to toss over me and my pack as I'm sleeping. In the hot sun, you can use it as a tarp shelter, mylar side up, for shade.
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man , now that's some input!

I am not up to speed on the 'bivy'[ please, bring me to cruising range]

the ol' rubber poncho/liner has served me well[sleep on an incline,with back to the ridge top as ol' nature pissed/flashed ALL over you.
thank me later for the HEADS UP!]

I WAS DEPLOYED 350miles north of arctic circle/300miles east of u.s.s.r
for 'training' 3months, WINTER EXERCISE,[once] i KNOW ALL ABOUT SLEEPING PADS ! i also know the bulk and weight, of the gear it takes to just be halfassed up to speed[it's not fun in a winter/freezing environment]with 4'
of snow every WHERE, when you got to crap, and you got more CLASS than to taking a dump on the back of your snow shoes[BIG MISTAKE,keep the snow shoes ON !YOUR WEARING THEM FOR A REASON!!!! GO FIGURE! ha,ha,ha,

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The Canadian military started to issue the bivy in the early 90's. It is designed to help keep the sleeping bag from getting wet from melting snow, etc. As it is an additional layer to the sleeping bag it provides another 10 degrees in the temperature rating for the sleeping bag.
Waxed canvas bedroll, stuff 2" sleeping pad in the back, stuff sleeping bag (Alaskan Guide 0 degree) in front.

Bedroll rolls up tight, as does the sleeping pad, sleeping bag has its own compression sack. Doesn't take up much room at all for what it does.
Probably about the warmest sleeping arrangement in the boonies, like in a tent, is a mat or a cot, a couple of down comforters, and a human of the opposite sex. That'll keep you warm and toasty in the coldest of weather. :D

For moving to a colder climate, I've been looking at the Slumberjack 600, but Garand talks about the Canadian Army's system, so I'm going to check that out. I figure they might know a thing or two about the cold.
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