thedayhascome
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Mar 8, 2017
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My Midwest 3-day gear setup, base weight @ 6.15lbs.
BIG THREE | 55.3 oz | 3.4lbs. * Marmot Kompressor 20L Backpack * Sea to Summit UltraLight Insulated Sleeping Pad * Sea to Summit Spark Sp II Sleeping Bag * ZPacks Cuben Tarp (10 x 8.5)
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Mar 8, 2017
Ralleronaldo
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Mar 8, 2017
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How is the spark 2?
Mar 8, 2017
thedayhascome
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Mar 8, 2017
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TL;DR - Love the bag, super light, very warm and high-quality down!
Initially, I was hesitant to go with a sleeping bag vs. a quilt (Enlightened Equipment). Just based upon efficiency and weight, a quilt does make more sense. However, I contemplated for quite some time and I'm actually very happy that I stuck with the the sleeping bag. This is one of the best temp to weight ratio sleeping bags on the market in the 30-35° range with 850+ down. It has a 1/3 side zipper and common 10d nylon. The S2S design has about 60% down fill on top with 40% fill on the bottom, so at least they gave some thought about down compression. I pair this bag with the S2S mat, which is not a flat design and has little pockets which allow the down to stay lofty and not be completely compressed under your back.
While this sleeping bag is pricey, it's a full mummy style rated at 35° weighing only 16oz. It is very warm, especially being able to completely zip yourself up, however does have sewn-through foot baffles. I've used it several times in low 30's and been completely fine overnight. There are no cold spots, the design and quality is superb. I'm an advocate for S2S gear, it's all high-quality and very well made.
Since I use this for both ground sleeping and with a hammock, if I were to need something below 30°, I would probably switch and go with the new EE Conundrum quilt with the enclosed footbox. Honestly, I think this is the best option - a hybrid design somewhere between an open quilt and sleeping bag. I definitely see the industry and trends shifting that way over the next 2-3 years. But on super cold nights, I still can't stand having my back and sides somewhat exposed with a basic quilt design - so we'll see what happens as the industry designs evolve over time.
Hope that helps!
Mar 8, 2017
erikbro
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Mar 9, 2017
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Thanks for labeling each item! Super helpful. Hopefully we can make this easier one day ;)
Mar 9, 2017
reggiesfriend
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Mar 17, 2017
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awesome set up dude... Can I inquire about that titanium windscreen? where did you get it? Do you like it? I'm looking for one.
Thanks!
Mar 17, 2017
thedayhascome
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Mar 17, 2017
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I actually made my own windscreen to specifically fit the Toaks 550ml mug from a thin piece of titanium. I use this windscreen with the gas canister stove during windy conditions. I know many have voiced safety issues about using a screen with a gas stove, but I never turn it up on high. It actually helps dramatically when conditions are very windy or I'm on a ridgeline. The design would also work with an esbit or short alcohol stove, such as a Solo or Trangia.
Details here: http://imgur.com/a/jFZcR
Mar 17, 2017
FlatlandsMatt
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Sep 20, 2018
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Pretty impressive. I’ve used that pack as a daysack before. Care to expound on your 3 day food list and stove setup?
Sep 20, 2018
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