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I am looking for a good low cost sleeping system. Due to some health issues I have gained some weight, so I am 6' 2" and 310 lbs. I know there are some military past and present on here. So my question is the military bivy systems are they large enough for a larger man or should I look elsewhere? I am wanting to do some camping/back packing I will not be able to do much cause I can't breathe, but I can't stand not getting out in the woods. There are some used ones for around $50 used like this. Armygear.net -- Military Modular Outdoor Sleep System w/ Sleeping Pad - GROUND SHIPPING ONLY!!

I just wonder if I am too large, any help would I would be grateful for.
 

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Hey Sarge
I like the Military Modular systems, but I don't know if they will "fit" you as anyone in your "size" is outside the normal range of combat effectiveness. sorry to be blunt but that is the truth.

I would guess that you could survive in most conditions that I would not, (being 6' 3" tall and 200 lbs)

Don't look at your "bulk" as being a deterrent" if you are in a colder climate. If you are in a warmer climate then you could be screwed.

In Montana you could be very comfortable being overweight as you are, and surviving 20 below weather, if you live in Texas then you are screwed.

IMO the higher your weight, the farther NORTH you should go, it just makes sense
 

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Thanks Montana Rancher, I was afraid of that. Well I am used to cold weather, I used to work for the water dept here in my town. I used to hate those nights all snug in my bed it 20 degrees outside and have to go fix a water leak.lol I really don't think I will need that much as far as warmth, just comfort I guess. May just get me a couple of wool blankets for the tent. I definitely have the fat back going on.lol I live in East Tn, that's about as far north as I feel comfortable living. I always thought Montana would be a nice place to live since we don't get near the snow here we used to.

I guess I will have to wait till I can get a back surgery behind me before I even think about it.
 

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Yeah I don't think that any of the military sleeping systems would work to well for you. Hell I was in standards barely weight wise at 5' 11' and 194 lbs (at least that low by PRT Weigh In time anyways...), so it doesn't take much to outsize their systems as they are more geared to skinnier people than even I! Due to better eating than I was able to do in the military, Im a bit lighter now and I looked at bags and since I like the roomier large bags as opposed to mummy bags I ended up with the -20 degree bag from Bass Pro that I use here in the fall, winter and early spring here. It has a tan looking canvas type outer shell with think padded fleece lined inner side. I think the cost was just over 100 bucks. It does weigh a bit so if your doing much of a hike then it might be too heavy. I am kind of older now and I am definitely lazy so I don't hike to far back in although I will often Kayak deep in. I like a larger plush bag and this is the one I ended up with...
 

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I am looking for a good low cost sleeping system. Due to some health issues I have gained some weight, so I am 6' 2" and 310 lbs. I know there are some military past and present on here. So my question is the military bivy systems are they large enough for a larger man or should I look elsewhere? I am wanting to do some camping/back packing I will not be able to do much cause I can't breathe, but I can't stand not getting out in the woods. There are some used ones for around $50 used like this. Armygear.net -- Military Modular Outdoor Sleep System w/ Sleeping Pad - GROUND SHIPPING ONLY!!

I just wonder if I am too large, any help would I would be grateful for.
Here is a cool review on the system.

Military Sleep System Review
 

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The ones they had 25 years ago were pretty roomy, don't know what they have now.
 
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