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Forget about it-
Posted by Michael Strahan on Apr 30 2006
Bruce,

Down bags are great in areas where moisture is not an issue.  You are not going to one of those places.  Condensation inside the tent, going to bed with damp thermals on, and wet weather are just three of several ways your bag will absorb moisture.

Get a synthetic bag with the following features:

1.  Draft collar.  This is an extra baffle sewn in at the neck area, and is designed to keep air from wafting out of the bag when you move around.  Gives you one more level of thermal control.

2.  Mummy-style bag.  Most hunting bags are going this direction, and you'll find lots of roomy bags in this style.

3.  Drawstring hood closure.  You want to get your whole head inside sometimes (but not always).  You lose a lot of heat through your head, so get a bag with a full hood.

4.  Zipper baffle.  Good bags have an insulated cover over the zipper inside and outside the bag.

5.  Inside pocket.  Keep a small flashlight here and possibly a stocking cap.  These items stay with the bag all the time and are really handy at times.

6.  Compression sack.  Compression bags come in two styles; end-cinchers that make your bag into a cannonball, and side-cinchers that make it into a long tube.  Get a side-cincher; it makes the bag easier to pack.

Be sure to test-fit your bag before your hunt.  I've had hunters who couldn't get the zipper closed on a borrowed bag.  Makes for a miserable hunt.  Get in the bag and zip it all the way up, with your head inside.  It should fit loosely all the way around, with a little extra in the foot and head areas.  Otherwise, your body is compressing the fill in these areas and you'll get colder.

-Mike

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