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RE: [pct-l] Lightening your pack, for couples.
On 05/28/98 07:16:34 you wrote:
>This is probably a silly question, but what is a coupler and what does it
do? I assume you are not using a coupler with a mummy type bag, either.
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A "coupler" is a piece of cloth (not a very heavy cloth) that zips together
with a sleeping bag -- coupling them, another way of thinking of name is
that a "coupler" of people can now sleep together! A sleeping bag becomes a
comforter, opening up flat. It is best to sleep on a thermarest, ridgerest,
foam, etc., especially in cold weather or on wet, snowy, icy ground to keep
the cold from seeping into your already aching body -- it puts another layer
between you and cold. A couple (or very large person) can sleep in relative
comfort and only carry ONE sleeping bag thereby cutting down on weight,
because most couplers don't weight very much- less than a sleeping bag.
Walt could give you the weight down to the fraction of an ounce but he is
hiking the PCT. I also believe the life of a sleeping bag is extended
because your body weight is not always flattening and crushing down the
fiber fill or down when you sleep on it -- the bag is always on top! At
this point I know of no "mummy" bag that converts this way, the shape in of
itself, would suggest it's not desirable.
Happy Trails ---Pat #:>)
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