HCOD reader Mark H. on the 13th day of his sheep hunt. Here are the particulars; 261 yards, 38+ inch ram, Kimber Super America in .300 Win Mag with a Leupold VX III 4.5 to 14x40mm Boone and Crockett reticle, and 200gr Nosler Accubond.
I get a lot of email from readers and most of it involves gear questions on the “before” end of something they have planned but they usually circle back with “after” pictures which pleases me immensely. Case in point, reader Mark H. from Oregon who first contacted me in July regarding a wet weather sleeping bag and a few other things. I recommended something from Wiggy’s. A few days ago he sent me a note with this picture, a good story, and a request for a lighter weight wet weather sleeping bag.
His follow up question makes perfect sense to me. The Wiggy’s bags are outstanding but they are designed and made for durability so they are relatively heavy and don’t compress all that well for backpacking. There are always trade offs. When Mark and I first spoke I was still considering the Kifaru Slick Bag as a light wieght synthetic alternative to Wiggy’s. Since then I have given the Slick a GREAT GEAR RECOMMENDATION and made it a part of my system. I now recommend the Wiggy’s for situations where exceptional durability is needed and weight is not an issue such as for ATV or pack trips and guide supported drop camps, etc.
However, if you are humping everything in on your back, meaning weight and space slash compressability are important considerations, and you have decided that the conditions call for a synthetic insulated sleeping bag then I recommend the Kifaru. Savvy?
Now, just to reiterate my position on down versus synthetic insulation and in anticipation of the passionate emails I know you are already writing, I follow this simple rule. If I am not confident that I can keep my kit dry (barring any catastrophic accidents), then I choose synthetic over down. Ah ha! But what about the new DRIDOWN I told you about a few months ago? Well, we will see how that product shakes out in the field testing but as of right now, I am sticking with what I know works based on personal experience which is why most of you tell me you keep coming back to this site.
Anyway, congratulations Mark and please let me know how the other things work out for you.
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