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If you're prior service you're probably familiar with these. They contain multiple bags and when used together (along with a wool hat and some good socks) are rated -30 degrees F. You can also split them apart to use in warmer weather. The outer shell is woodland camo gore-tex which is great for repelling water and remaining breathable (as long as you keep it clean). If you can find one of these on the cheap or semi-cheap it's a worthwhile purchase as you will have it for years and years and years. They can be kind of expensive for the entire system ($150ish). Highly recommended though.
 
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:rolleyes:We have many post & threads about these already?? Instead of re-suggesting it to us perhaps you can search first & just add a support style post in favor, give tips or mention how you have learned about a newer better piece of gear..
 

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I was actually looking into them a while back, considering getting one soon... idk if the weight of the whole things gunna keep me away, they're like 10 or more pounds if i remember right
 
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They are heavy but if you are traveling in cold climates it's invaluable. I'm anal about weight but I gladly carry it simply because if I am caught out someplace it could mean the difference between life and death. Then again I spend a lot of time in the woods.
 

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considering getting one. Just wondering...
what size does it pack down to?
and how is it with just the outer shell and the patrol bag?
 

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It depends on where you are & what the weather is like. It is fucking huge & think they are 12lbs total & really bulky with the volume of material in all 3 pieces. The compression sack is a joke too. If you can find or afford or want to carry the whole system then just getting a goretex bivy is a good start & using any sleeping bag. They run between $20-$40 on craigslist. I use the patrol & bivy in the summer & its great.
 

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Yeah good call on that... may just get a bivy and a 3 season bag.
Mainly be for PNW/UK-esque winter weather, and leaving for warmer climes before the really cold stuff hits.
 
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It's still bulky with the compression sack like highwayman said. During spring / summer / fall the patrol bag is more than enough with the gore-tex shell. I can second that. I've used the shell with a coleman 20 degree bag as well and it worked just fine. The shell could be used as a tarp of sorts but there are no grommets or eyelets for cordage.
 

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Have the 2 bags and they have been great. I agree, they are huge and a bit heavy. For warm weather the patrol and bivy and or tarp are ideal. I'm trying to get a hold of one of the newer brown military bivy bags.
 

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