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widowshooter
10-27-2013, 11:01 PM
So after my last outing, I figured it is time to start taking a real hard look at getting a couple of stuff sacks. I could always just buy a bigger pack, but that will happen as soon as some one decides to give me a bigger pack. With the seasons starting to change, I will soon begin to start carrying more gear out to the woods "just in case". With that being said, here are the three items I am looking to utilize the stuff sacks for:

1. Mountain Hardwear 0* down bag
2. Patagonia Micro Puffy Jacket
3. Super Woobie (this is my own creation, think USGI poncho liner with a camoflauge fleece blanket sewn on one side)

I am thinking that two large five strings and a large three string will cut the fat and work out for me? Anyone out there with any experience on this?

shtfco
10-27-2013, 11:36 PM
hey bro I have the Micro puff I use also it should of came with a stuff sack. Mine did. I can measure it for you to let you know what you need size wise for that. The MH Down bag should also ofcome with one. are you just looking to replace the original stuff sacks?

74 or more
10-28-2013, 07:02 AM
I bought a large 5 string for my MSS (just the 2 bags) looking for a better way to pack it. It should be arriving today. Iíll post some pictures of them compressed later.

widowshooter
10-28-2013, 08:48 AM
shtfco,

I bought both of them used off of craigslist so I don't have stuff sacks for them. Besides, I can stand the standard stuff sack, I feel like I am trying to stuff a basketball into my pack.

74 or more,

That would be excellent and I would appreciate it very much.

Blackfoot
10-28-2013, 01:06 PM
I've got a GI poncho with a fleece liner sewn to one side. I can stuff it into a Kifaru Claymore Pouch, it's a tight fit.

This thread might help you out with pictures and measurements on the stuff sacks.
http://www.kifaruforums.net/showthread.php?t=20112

widowshooter
10-28-2013, 01:44 PM
Blackfoot,

Thanks for the thread, it really helped. I may also try using my back pouch, I think it'll fit in there with no problems at all.

ppfd
10-28-2013, 02:24 PM
I love the granite gear air zippy line, and Outdoor research both these zip down the middle.

MSR I think it is has a mesh draw string line.

Man I just realized I have a lot of stuff sacks laying around! lol

74 or more
10-28-2013, 03:25 PM
Pics as promised. Blackfoot seems to have beaten me to it but who doesn't like more pictures right? I tried stuffing the bag 2 different ways. Pretty much the same result.

1st attempt:

Uncompressed
http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii590/74_or_more/2013-10-28_16-13-47_984_zpse7c82205.jpg

http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii590/74_or_more/2013-10-28_16-14-08_610_zps50adb734.jpg


Compressed without folding the bags in half
http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii590/74_or_more/2013-10-28_16-19-41_877_zpsbb418ff8.jpg

http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii590/74_or_more/2013-10-28_16-20-12_21_zps9cb1592e.jpg

http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii590/74_or_more/2013-10-28_16-20-43_559_zpsb35840fe.jpg

In a large pod
http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii590/74_or_more/2013-10-28_16-23-20_194_zpsa3b32c09.jpg



Second attempt. Stuffed with the bags folded in half:
http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii590/74_or_more/2013-10-28_16-41-45_118_zpsc68bdfca.jpg

http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii590/74_or_more/2013-10-28_16-42-16_715_zps6fe149e5.jpg

http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii590/74_or_more/2013-10-28_16-42-35_202_zps18616e60.jpg

Large Pod
http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii590/74_or_more/2013-10-28_16-45-10_32_zps6573183b.jpg



And so continues my battle with the MSS.

widowshooter
10-28-2013, 08:19 PM
Is that all three USGI bags in one stuff sack?

74 or more
10-29-2013, 04:03 AM
Is that all three USGI bags in one stuff sack?

No. Its just the black and green bag. The bivy wont fit. My plan is either to roll the bivy around the 2 bags or get another stuff sack for just the bivy. I wanted to find a better way to pack the MSS and i feel like I did that. Its not much smaller but it seems like it rides in the pod better and I've cut a little weight by getting rid of the standard stuff sack. I'm happy with the design of the Kifaru stuff sack but i wish it was a little longer.

widowshooter
10-29-2013, 08:49 AM
I think my plan is to get a large 5 string stuff sack and just use it. My 0* bag will go in during the winter months and the super woobie in the summer months. This will force me to hang my 0* bag when it isn't in use so I don't lose any of the loft. After some consideration, I decided against putting my micro puffy in a stuff sack, I didn't want to have to do more work than necessary to get it out.

As far as your bivy, you could always fold it up and place it in the bottom of your pack. I have also used it as a "liner" in my pack to keep everything dry. I would place it in the pack first and then put everything else inside of it like normal. It is a bit of a pain to dig for goods due to the excess bivy, but it does help to keep everything dry. It also kept me from over packing, which I tend to do. Just a thought.