I am going traveling in a VW from the UK to NZ. I have been looking for a good all seasons sleeping bag for a while now but havnt been able to find exactly what I am looking for. Remembering that money is fairly tight does anyone have any suggestions for where i can source these?
i don't think there's an all-seasons sleeping bag. when i went to buy a new one two years ago, i was looking for something like that, because of my camping experience (being cold and getting wet, basically). i found there was only a choice between warm sleeping bags and lighter sleeping bags (more or less). i ended up choosing one that's happiest in -3 C temperature (as in, you won't freeze), and can be pushed until -10 C (if in some backwards way that ever happens), but at the same time, it won't melt me if it's during the summer. it's worked ok so far. maybe think about what temperatures you'll most likely be in and go from there?
Keep an eye out for 2nd hand stuff, the older stuff is harder wearing and better.
I got a mountain equipment snowline, packs down incredibley small, lightweight and is temp rated from -37C to 10C, perfect for everything when it might get chilly. It was free, tbh the guy didn't know how good it was, new it retails for £300, but I was delighted! Mine is about 10 years old but has never been used much and is fantastic.
I recommend you buy the following: Meru Just Fantasy egg-shaped sleeping bag or Meru Atlanta Thermic plus Women combined with a cotton or silk sleepsheet that doubles as sleeping bag liner. Available from German online retailer giant www.globetrotter.de .
The quality these special women's sleeping bags offer for 79 EUR can usually only be found in the range of 120+ EUR. The price is relatively low bc meru is the house-brand of globetrotter, so therefore you won't be able to find these sleeping bags anywhere else. I just bought the Meru Just Fantasy myself and I love it. I also had the Antlanta Thermic plus for test and trial, but in the end decided to send it back. Not because it was bad, but because I am a big girl and the Atlanta got a bit tight around my mid-riff when I curled up with it.
If you are small (165 cm) you can also look at the Ajungilak Kompakt 3-Seasons sleeping bag. It is currently on sale for half the normal price at globetrotter.
It will also be a good idea to take a small travel blanket. I've found that I like to sleep in hot climates with my silk sleeping liner and a very light weight blanket (but not a sleeping bag) to ward away the cool air in the morning. You can also cuddle up with the travel blanket when you sit outside and it gets cold in the evening. And if it gets freezing the blanket goes into your sleeping bag as an extra layer.
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 23, 2008, at 7:54 PM by t_maia ]
We have some here in the US at Sam's Club. All seasons, even have memory foam on bottom and inflatble pillow. maybe you can order online?