It seems like discussions about sleeping bags on here (and the web in general) mostly focus on bags for cold weather – see pretty much any thread here for someone bringing up the berg. But, living the beautiful R of SA, a large portion of the year and a lot of hiking locations simply do not warrant this level of preparedness.
I recently took my K-Way Kilimanjaro II out to Magoebaskloof, and it was total overkill. Lovely bag, served me well when camping in the sub-zero Northern Cape winters, but actually quite uncomfortable in the summer in a hut.
I’ve got another hike lined up in 2 weeks, and I’d like to take a more appropriate bag. Now, my only other bag is a Mr Price model that my dad got me when I was a kid. It’s worn out, scratchy, and not really smaller or lighter than my down bag. I reckon that warmer weather is a good opportunity to save on space and weight, so thinking of getting a new bag for this and future hikes.
This Naturehike bag looks like a good bet: https://www.takealot.com/ultralight-sleeping-bag/PLID52859706?colour_variant=Dark+Blue weighs 680g, stuffs up pretty small, and based on a YouTube review I saw, it’s really easy to pack into the stuff sack.
I’d like to find some alternatives though. It seems like there must be some cheap and light local bag that would also do the trick – maybe something from Makro or Mr Price. Anyone here have a go-to for summer hiking?
Otherwise, I’m also interested in trying out a quilt – they’re all the rage over in the US – but I can’t seem to find any that don’t require an expensive import. Quilts ought to be cheaper than bags! Are there any available? Or would it be possible to MYO?
In terms of safety should the weather go south, I intend to always pack a base layer and light-but-warm down jacket. I prefer the versatility of wearables for warmth, and only really want a bag for comfort.