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Recommendations for a sleep system for backpacking for two

Hi, during the sale, I'd love to get a good sleep system for backpacking for two. I am willing to get a light but warm double sleeping bag, double quilt or a set of mens and womens bags that zip together. However, I know that many of the cold rated bags don't zip all the way down, so they can't be zipped together. Can you suggest some options that would work/pair? No winter camping, so something rated in the 20s/30s should be fine.

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Re: Recommendations for a sleep system for backpacking for two

@Raezor this is such a fun question for us to consult on, so thanks for asking!

Because you specifically mentioned backpacking, we're more likely to recommend getting 2 sleeping bags and 2 ground pads - typically the bulk associated with a double sleeping bag or a double mattress is just too much to accommodate in a pack for backpacking (one exception would be the Therm-a-Rest Vela quilts, recognizing they are not full sleeping bags). In addition to less bulk, there's an upside to the versatility of having separate bags/pads as you stuff them in different places in your packs AND you're not always burdened with the bulkier items in case one person wants to use their item(s) separately!

So, moving forward on this premise, here are a few things to consider for sleeping bags:

  • Most sleeping bags we carry will have a left-zipper on the "men's" bag and a right-zipper on the "women's" bag - if you stick within the same brand for both bags, the zippers will typically be the same design and therefore compatible for being zipped together. Two things of note: the feet in the mummy bags will remain separated but the rest of the bag will be unified - and if one bag is longer than the other, you'll have a little extra fabric at one end once zipped together
  • Possible combinations you might consider: REI Co-op Magma M's & Magma W's, REI Co-op Igneo & Joule, Big Agnes Anvil Horn & Daisy Mae

Here is a helpful article from our Expert Advice repository on how to choose a sleeping bag for backpacking.

We'll tackle ground pads in our next reply!

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Re: Recommendations for a sleep system for backpacking for two

@Raezor hopefully our response on sleeping bags helps get you started! Now we'll chat about ground pads, working under the same premise that using 2 separate ground pads will be more compatible with backpacking:

  • First, here's a helpful article on how to choose a ground pad - there's are a lot of options and some personal preference, so narrowing down some important features (self-inflating or not, horizontal vs. vertical baffles, etc.) will be helpful in narrowing down choices.
  • Features to think about: do you want to sleep on air or foam, do you care about self-inflating vs. blowing/pumping the pad up, and how comfy/cushy/thick do you want the pad to be underneath you...
  • Features that will be important: r-value (how much warmth the ground pad provides) and the weight/bulk for carrying in your packs...
  • For the conditions you mentioned, we'd probably recommend something insulated with an r-value at/above 3, something that weighs less than 3lbs and something that's at least 1.5" thick
  • For self-inflating, you could consider: REI Co-op Trekker or Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite 
  • For air pads, you could consider: REI Co-op Stratus Insulated, Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core, or the Nemo Cosmo 3D Insulated

That's a good place to start! Let us know if we can answer additional questions!

 

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Re: Recommendations for a sleep system for backpacking for two

Thank you!! This is very helpful.

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Hi @Raezor , I second what @REI-JenK said, however, you could consider 2 pads, with a down quilt that would cover 2 folks, lightweight and bonus - much easier to turn over.

My recommendation, is 2 pads and 2 backpacking down quilts, you're going to be smashed up together in a tent anyway....close enough, lol.

good luck!

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